Ford Escape Manuals

Ford Escape: Automatic Transmission / Automatic Return to Park (P)

What Is Automatic Return to Park (P)

Your vehicle shifts into park (P) if you attempt to exit your vehicle without the transmission in park (P).

How Does Automatic Return to Park (P) Work

Your vehicle shifts into park (P) when your vehicle is stationary and any of the following occur:

  • You switch the vehicle off.
  • You open the driver door with your seatbelt unlatched.
  • You unlatch the driver seatbelt when the driver door is open.

Note: Do not use automatic return to park (P) when your vehicle is moving, except in an emergency.

Automatic Return to Park (P) Limitations

Automatic return to park may not work if the door ajar switch is malfunctioning.

See an authorized dealer if any of the following occur:

  • Door ajar indicator does not illuminate with the driver door open.
  • Door ajar indicator illuminates with the driver door closed.
  • Transmission not in park message appears with the driver door closed, after you shift out of park (P).

    Temporary Neutral Mode

    What Is Temporary Neutral Mode This mode keeps your vehicle in neutral (N) when you switch your vehicle off. Use this mode if you exit your vehicle or switch your vehicle off at an automatic car wash...

    Grade Assist - Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

    What Is Grade Assist Provides additional grade braking with a combination of engine motoring and high-voltage battery charging to help maintain vehicle speed when descending a grade...

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    Ford Escape 2020-2022 Owners Manual: Audio System Precautions. Switching the Audio Unit On and Off. Selecting the Audio Source


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    Ford Escape 2020-2022 Owners Manual: AM/FM Radio


    Tuning a Station You can use the tune or seek controls on the radio bezel to select a station. To tune a station using the touchscreen, select: A pop up appears, allowing you to type in the frequency of a station. You can only enter a valid station for the source you are currently listening to...

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    Master Access Code

    What Is the Master Access Code

    The master access code is a factory-set five-digit entry code. You can operate the keypad with the master access code at any time. The master access code is on the owner’s wallet card in the glove box and is available from an authorized dealer.

    Displaying the Master Access Code

    To display the factory-set code in the information display:

    Ford Escape. Master Access Code

    Remove the rubber mat. Insert the first programmed key in the backup slot. Press the push button ignition switch once and wait a few seconds. Press the push button ignition switch again and remove the key. Within 10 seconds, place a second programmed intelligent access key in the backup slot and press the push button ignition switch.

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