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How To Flat/Dolly Tow A Ford Edge (Step-By-Step)

How To Flat/Dolly Tow A Ford Edge (Step-By-Step)

On this blog, we’ve written extensively about which vehicles can and cannot be towed and how this should be done. Today we’re going to discuss this for the Ford Edge. Let’s start with a quick answer:

The following Ford Edges can be towed: 2006 – 2009 Edges with FWD or AWD can be flat/dolly towed, 2010 – 2014 Edges with 2.0L engines should be dolly towed whereas the ones with 3.5L or 3.7L engines should be flat towed. 2015 – present-day Edges with a 2.0L engine should be dolly towed and the ones with a 2.7L or 3.5L engine should be flat towed.

However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Below we dive into more detail about what model years of the Edge can be towed. Furthermore, we discuss the safety precautions Ford wants you to take while towing an Edge. Finally, we discuss the towing procedure for each model year step-by-step. Read on!

Which Ford Edge Years Can Be Towed Behind Recreational Vehicles?

Ford Edges with FWD or AWD manufactured between 2006 – 2009 can be flat towed. FWD Edges should be flat towed or use a tow dolly where the front wheels are off the ground. AWD Edges should be flat towed or transported on a vehicle transport trailer. Using a tow dolly for AWD models will result in damage to the AWD system that’s not covered under warranty.

Ford Edges with a 2.0L engine manufactured between 2010 – 2014 cannot be flat towed and instead should make use of a tow dolly where the front wheels are lifted off the ground. Edges with a 3.5 or 3.7L and FWD can be flat towed or towed with a dolly. The AWD versions should be flat towed or transported on a vehicle transport trailer. Using a tow dolly for AWD variants will result in damage not covered under warranty.

Ford Edges with a 2.0L engine and automatic transmission manufactured between 2015 – present-day cannot be flat towed. Instead, these should make use of a tow dolly or transport trailer. The 2015 – 2018 2.0L AWD Edges cannot be flat towed or towed by a dolly and can only be transported on a trailer. 2015 – present-day Edges with a 2.7L or 3.5L engine can be flat towed or transported on a trailer.

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Ford Edge

Safety Rules For Towing A Ford Edge

Before we dive into the step-by-step instruction of towing a Ford Edge, there must be certain things you should keep in mind when towing this car. These include:

  • Don’t exceed a speed of 65 mph (105 km/h) when flat/dolly towing a Ford Edge.
  • Only tow a Ford Edge in a forward direction. Towing the car from the back can result in damage to the body or frame that’s not covered under warranty.
  • Put the climate control system in recirculated air mode to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle.

Flat Towing Step-By-Step

2006 – 2017 Ford Edges

Ford Edges manufactured between 2006 – 2017 all have the same steps to prepare the car for flat towing.

  • Release the parking brake.
  • The transmission should be put in Neutral
  • The ignition should be placed in the accessory position.
  • Allow the engine to run for five minutes before towing and after every six hours of towing.
  • Make sure the engine is running, put your foot on the brake and shift into the D position, then into R and then into N.

2014 – 2018 Ford Edge

Ford Edges manufactured between 2014 – 2018 have two different flat towing procedures based on the starting method you opt to use.

Vehicles with keyless start

  1. Press the brake pedal and then the keyless start button to start the car.
  2. Keep pressing the brake pedal and shift into Neutral.
  3. Press the keyless start button once again to turn the vehicle off.
  4. The negative cable (black) should be disconnected form the battery. Please keep in mind you’re going to need the door key to lock and unlock the car when the battery is disconnnected.

Vehicles with an ignition key

  1. Press the brake pedal and then turn the ignition to start the car.
  2. Keep pressing the brake pedal and shift into Neutral.
  3. Turn the vehicle off by turning the ignition key past the accessory position. The key position is between the
    accessory and off positions.
  4. The negative cable (black) should be disconnected form the battery. Please keep in mind you’re going to need the door key to lock and unlock the car when the battery is disconnnected.

2018 – Present-day Ford Edge

Towing a Ford Edge that was manufactured after 2018 is fairly simple. All you need to do is the following to release the electric parking brake manually:

  1. Switch the ignition on.
  2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  3. Push the electric parking brake switch down. The red warning lamp turns off and the car is ready to be towed.

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