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pat&judy

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Posted: 06/02/10 07:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I plan on towing a Ford Escape. It says I have to keep the key in the accessory position and the transmission in neutral while towing. Would it help to have a battery disconnect switch so I don't drain the battery?

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Posted: 06/02/10 09:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

a simple check of your car will tell you... with key in the acc position, is the instrument panel live? Does it lite up? If not, you should be ok... If gauges and other things lite up, you will have a small drain on your battery..
but a fully charged battery should handle this.....
If you decide to do something, you may want to just pull your IGN fuse.


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Posted: 06/02/10 11:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turning off the battery may cause some side-effects. In our car, when the battery is disconnected, the radio forgets all of its preset stations.

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Posted: 06/02/10 10:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As JFG said, and when you do tow make sure everything is turned off radio, fan etc.

One thing nice about a hidden battery disconnect switch, if you live in a high vehicle theft area, the disconnect is better than any alarm system.


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Don't leave the key in the "Accessory" position. Turn the key all the way towards the "Off" position after you put the transmission in Neutral. With the transmission in neutral the steering wheel will not be locked and you will not be able to pull the key out - - and there will be no power drain of any kind on the battery.

I've pulled my Mariner this way for close to 20,000 miles, sometimes leaving the key in the ignition for as long as 3 days (if we had pull-thru sites at campgrounds and didn't have to disconnect). I've never had a problem using this method.


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