Ford Escape: Preparing your vehicle - Jump starting - Roadside Emergencies - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: Preparing your vehicle

When the battery is disconnected or a new battery is installed, the automatic transmission must relearn its shift strategy. As a result, the transmission may have firm and/or soft shifts. This operation is considered normal and will not affect function or durability of the transmission. Over time, the adaptive learning process will fully update transmission operation.

1. Use only a 12–volt supply to start your vehicle.
2. Do not disconnect the battery of the disabled vehicle as this could damage the vehicle’s electrical system.
3. Park the booster vehicle close to the hood of the disabled vehicle making sure the two vehicles do not touch. Set the parking brake on both vehicles and stay clear of the engine cooling fan and other moving parts.
4. Check all battery terminals and remove any excessive corrosion before you attach the battery cables. Ensure that vent caps are tight and level.
5. Turn the heater fan on in both vehicles to protect from any electrical surges. Turn all other accessories off.

    Jump starting
    WARNING: The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in injury or vehicle damage. WARNING: Batteries contain sulfuric acid ...

    Connecting the jumper cables
    Note: In the illustration, the vehicle on the bottom is used to designate the assisting (boosting) battery. 1. Connect the positive (+) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the discharge ...

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    To open the moonroof
    Pull the switch to the “OPEN” side and quickly release it to open the moonroof. The sun shade will also be opened together with the moonroof. The moonroof will stop at a position 20 in (50 ...

    Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior
    The following procedures will help protect your vehicle's interior and keep it in top condition: ■ Protecting the vehicle interior Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner. Wipe dirty surf ...

    License plate lamps
    Switch off the lights. Open the tailgate. Press lug 2 of license plate lamp 1 in the direction of the arrow and remove license plate lamp lens 1. Remove license plate lamp lens 1. Repl ...