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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    Connecting an iPod
    1. Open the upper glove box. 2. Push the release button to release the USB adapter cable. 3. Connect your dock connector to the iPod correctly and securely. 4. Install the dock connecto ...

    Opening and closing the bonnet
    Opening and closing the bonnet Opening 1. Pull the bonnet release lever, located in the left-hand front footwell. 2. Lift the bonnet safety catch lever, located below the centre point of the bo ...