4-wheel drive activation

Asked by Jan 05, 2014 at 08:36 PM about the 2013 Ford Escape

Question type: General

I bought a 2013 Escape last summer.  According to the manual, it automatically shifts
into 4-wheel drive when slippery conditions are Present.  Am I reading that correctly?

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Yes you are, no input from the driver and the computer will put the power to the rear wheels when needed.

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Yes the ECM picks up the signal when the front or rear spins depending on the vehicle and locks the other axle in. It will stay in until it sees conditions where it doesn't get a signal that the wheels are trying to spin. Most of the time you will never feel it engage or disengage.

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