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Ford Escape: Liftgate - Vehicles With: Power Liftgate / Closing the Liftgate

Closing the Liftgate From Inside Your Vehicle

WARNING: Make sure all persons are clear of the power liftgate area before using the power liftgate control.

Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate With the transmission in park (P), press the button on the instrument panel.

Note: Make sure that you close the liftgate before operating or moving your vehicle, especially in an enclosure, like a garage or a parking structure. This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure the area behind your vehicle is free from obstruction and that there is enough room for you to operate the liftgate. Objects too close to your vehicle, for example a wall, garage door or another vehicle may come into contact with the moving liftgate. This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure that you fully close the liftgate to prevent cargo from falling out.

Closing the Liftgate From Outside Your Vehicle

WARNING: Make sure all persons are clear of the power liftgate area before using the power liftgate control.

Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate

Press and release the liftgate button.

Note: Make sure that you close the liftgate before operating or moving your vehicle, especially in an enclosure, like a garage or a parking structure. This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure the area behind your vehicle is free from obstruction and that there is enough room for you to operate the liftgate. Objects too close to your vehicle, for example a wall, garage door or another vehicle may come into contact with the moving liftgate This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure you fully close the liftgate to prevent cargo from falling out.

Closing the Liftgate Using the Remote Control

WARNING: Make sure all persons are clear of the power liftgate area before using the power liftgate control.

Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate Press the button twice within three seconds.

Note: Make sure that you close the liftgate before operating or moving your vehicle, especially in an enclosure, like a garage or a parking structure. This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure the area behind your vehicle is free from obstruction and that there is enough room for you to operate the liftgate. Objects too close to your vehicle, for example a wall, garage door or another vehicle may come into contact with the moving liftgate. This could damage the liftgate and its components.

Note: Make sure that you fully close the liftgate to prevent cargo from falling out.

Closing the Hands-Free Liftgate (If Equipped)

Make sure you have the remote control within 3 ft (1 m) of the liftgate.

  1. Stand behind your vehicle, and face the liftgate.
  2. Move your foot, in a single-kick motion, without pausing, under and away from the rear bumper detection area.

    Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate

  3. The liftgate closes.

Avoid the following actions when using the hands-free opening feature:

  • Making physical contact with the bumper.
  • Holding your foot under the bumper.
  • Sweeping your foot from side to side, or kicking at an odd angle.

Detection Zones

Vehicles Without a Trailer Hitch

Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate

The detection area is in the center of the rear bumper.

Vehicles With a Trailer Hitch

Ford Escape. Closing the Liftgate

The detection area is on the left-hand side and right-hand side of the hitch, between the exhaust and the hitch.

Note: Allow the power system to close the liftgate. Manually pushing the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stop the power operation or reverse its direction, replicate a strut failure, or damage mechanical components.

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