MadMax wrote:I couldn't find anything specific to the Escape, but just about every other FWD crossover/SUV in it's class is 60/40, including the Edge. My guess is that the E is pretty close to that
EDIT: Also the Focus which of course the E is based on is also 60/40
Jay2TheRescue wrote:That's one thing I like about having a 4wd hybrid... The weight is more evenly distributed.
Determine the front end weight of your car to be towed. To do this you must weigh the front end of your car (at a truck stop, etc.). As an estimate, you can multiply the curb weight of your car by 62% for a front wheel drive, and by 52% for
a rear wheel drive car. These percentages are approximations and should not take the place of an actual weight.
Charles wrote:Jay2TheRescue wrote:That's one thing I like about having a 4wd hybrid... The weight is more evenly distributed.
Your Hybrid can be flat towed Jay according to Ford. Source: 2008 Ford Towing Guide, page 12. If my Escape could be flat towed in either the FWD or AWD configuration, I wouldn't be agonizing over this.
camusdarrach wrote:Thinking about towing etc, and recalling my vast experience in recovering all types of vehicles, from tractors to 40 ton arctic trucks, have you considered the centre of balance will be affected when the front end is raised up, i.e. loaded on the dolly.
The act of raising the front end will put more weight on the rear axle, and it can make a huge difference, just ask any tow truck driver.
Yes the front is supported on the road, but the vehicle isn't on the road as the manufacturer intended, and worse case scenario is damage to the rear wheel area, as the angle of contact is greater than was designed.
I mention this as I have in the past had to deal with damage by so called suspended tows, causes more damage than you think, especially over a period of time.
For towing your Escape, the best ans safest way is all wheels off the road, i.e. on a trailer.
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