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Ford Fusion: Towing / Towing the Vehicle on Four Wheels

Ford Fusion 2013–2020 Owners Manual / Towing / Towing the Vehicle on Four Wheels

Emergency Towing

WARNING: If your vehicle has a steering wheel lock make sure the ignition is in the accessory or on position when being towed.

If your vehicle becomes inoperable (without access to wheel dollies, car-hauling trailer, or flatbed transport vehicle), it can be flat-towed (all wheels on the ground, regardless of the powertrain and transmission configuration) under the following conditions:

  • Your vehicle is facing forward for towing in a forward direction.
  • Shift the transmission into neutral (N). If you cannot shift the transmission into neutral (N), you may need to override the shifter and enable Stay in Neutral mode. Failing to do so may result in damage to the transmission.
  • Maximum distance is 50 mi (80 km).
  • Maximum speed is 35 mph (56 km/h).

Recreational Towing

Note: Put your climate control system in recirculated air mode to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle.

Follow these guidelines if you have a need for recreational (RV) towing. An example of recreational towing would be towing your vehicle behind a motorhome. We designed these guidelines to prevent damage to your transmission.

Vehicles Equipped with 1.5L, 2.0L, and 2.5L Engines

Front-wheel Drive Vehicles

Front-wheel drive vehicles CANNOT be flat-towed (all wheels on the ground) as vehicle or transmission damage may occur. It is recommended to tow your vehicle with the front wheels off the ground by using a tow dolly. If you are using a tow dolly, follow the instructions specified by the equipment provider.

All-wheel Drive Vehicles

All-wheel drive vehicles CANNOT be flat-towed (all wheels on the ground) as vehicle or transmission damage may occur. It is recommended to tow your vehicle with all four (4) wheels off the ground such as when using a car-hauling trailer. Otherwise, you cannot recreational tow your vehicle.

Vehicles Equipped with a 2.7L Engine

Your vehicle can be towed with all four wheels on the ground using the Stay in Neutral mode feature, or with all four wheels off the ground using a vehicle transport trailer. If you are using a vehicle transport trailer, follow the instruction specified by the equipment provider.

If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground:

  • Tow only in the forward direction.
  • Release the parking brake.
  • Place the vehicle in Stay in Neutral mode.
  • Do not exceed 65 mph (105 km/h).

Note: If the parking brake is applied, a message appears in the information display.

Note: Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes at the beginning of each day, and every six hours or fewer. With the engine running and your foot on the brake, shift into drive (D) and then into reverse (R) before shifting back into neutral (N). BEFORE CONTINUING TO TOW, YOU MUST RE-ENABLE STAY IN NEUTRAL MODE.

    Essential Towing Checks

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