Ford Escape Manuals

Ford Escape: Automatic Transmission / 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.

Note: Do not tow your vehicle in this mode.

Note: Automatic return to park (P) is delayed when your vehicle is in this mode.

Temporary Neutral Mode Limitations

Your vehicle could shift to park (P) after 30 minutes, or when the vehicle battery charge level is low. Prolonged use of this mode can cause the vehicle battery to run out of charge.

Do not tow your vehicle in this mode. Failure to follow these instructions could result in vehicle damage not covered by the vehicle warranty.

Entering Temporary Neutral Mode

  1. Power your vehicle on.
  2. Bring your vehicle to a complete stop.
  3. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  4. Shift into neutral (N).

    Note: An instructional message appears.

  5. Press the low (L) button.

    Note: A confirmation message appears when your vehicle enters the mode.

  6. Release the brake pedal.

    Note: Your vehicle is free to roll.

  7. Switch your vehicle off.

Note: Do not tow your vehicle in this mode.

Note: The neutral (N) indicator on the transmission selector may flash in this mode.

Exiting Temporary Neutral Mode

  1. Press the brake pedal.
  2. Shift into park (P), or power your vehicle on and shift into drive (D) or reverse (R).

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