Ford Escape Manuals

Ford Escape: Load Carrying / Roof Rack

Roof Rack Precautions

WARNING: Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions when you are fitting a roof rack.

WARNING: When loading the roof racks, we recommend you evenly distribute the load, as well as maintain a low center of gravity. Loaded vehicles, with higher centers of gravity, may handle differently than unloaded vehicles. Take extra precautions, such as slower speeds and increased stopping distance, when driving a heavily loaded vehicle.

Note: If you use a roof rack, the fuel consumption of your vehicle will be higher and you may experience different driving characteristics.

Note: Never place loads directly on the roof panel. The roof panel is not designed to directly carry a load.

You must place loads directly on the crossbars fitted to the roof rack side rails. When using the roof rack system, we recommend that you use genuine Ford accessory crossbars specifically designed for your vehicle.

Make sure that you securely fasten the load. Check the tightness of the load before driving and at each fuel stop.

Removing and Installing Roof Rack Crossbars

Note: For less wind noise and better aerodynamics, only install the crossbars when you need them for carrying cargo.

Adjusting a Roof Rack Crossbar

Ford Escape. Roof Rack

  1. Loosen the crossbar bolt by using the supplied tool or similar tool.
  2. Move the crossbar to the new position.
  3. Tighten the bolt by using the supplied tool or similar tool.

Note: For less wind noise and better aerodynamics, only install the crossbars when you need them for carrying cargo.

Roof Rack Load Capacities

Do not install crossbars if your vehicle has a moonroof. Do not place any load on your vehicle if it has a moonroof. Using crossbars or loading the vehicle roof may void your vehicle's warranty.

Ford Escape. Roof Rack

Note: The maximum roof load is based on the load being evenly distributed on the crossbars.

Note: When using a roof rack system, you must subtract the weight of the roof rack system from the maximum recommended load to determine your actual maximum cargo load. See the roof rack system manufacturer for more information.

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