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Towing a C-Max

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#1 OFFLINE   derh2o

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:13 AM

I tow my 2018 C-Max and have a question no one seems to be able to answer.  The manual says that one needs to start the car each morning (when towing) and let the engine run for 1 minute.  That sounds great, but after about 15 seconds, the ICE (internal combustion engine) shuts down changing to hybrid mode thereby not allowing me to run it for 1 minute.  How doing I keep the ICE running?









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#2 OFFLINE   markd

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 02:31 PM

Put your foot on the gas pedal and press.

#3 OFFLINE   derh2o

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:05 PM

Yes, I understand that, but what happens is the ICE shuts down after about 15 seconds.  The question is, how do I keep it running.



#4 OFFLINE   Bill-N

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:14 PM

I believe you press the pedal to the floor and hold it.



#5 OFFLINE   markd

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 05:02 PM

It's always worked for me.

#6 OFFLINE   derh2o

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 04:01 PM

I must be missing something here. I know you may need to depress the pedal to the floor to start the ICE, but if I depressed it for 1 minute the RPM would increase too high.  Let me rephrase my question.  I depress the pedal to start the ICE running.  Then I take my foot off the pedal.  What sometimes happens is the ICE stops running before the 1 minute is up (sometimes only 15 seconds) and is operating on the battery.  I believe I am supposed to let the ICE run for 1 minute. I hope this clarifies my question.  Thanks for trying to help. 



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 04:30 PM

Keep the pedal to the floor. RPM will not go to high.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 10:28 PM

Couldn't you just turn on the heat?  That should keep a cold engine running.


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#9 OFFLINE   derh2o

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 08:41 AM

I will experiment on these 2 ideas.  It is just surprising the manual does not make mention of this issue.  Thanks again for the suggestions.



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 12:49 PM

Turning on the heat will definitely keep the engine running. Set it for a high temp and the engine will run for quite a while.



#11 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 11:13 AM

Amen on turning up the heat.  

Flooring the accelerator pedal just makes it do funky things and eventually shutting off anyway.

Just turn the heat up all the way. 

I let mine run for 5 minutes.

Over 30,000 towed miles and no problems so far.



#12 OFFLINE   derh2o

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 10:43 AM

OK, I just towed the C-Max yesterday and turning on the heat or A/C does keep the ICE running. I have yet to try pushing the pedal all the way to the floor, but will try that soon.  Thanks to all who gave me their thoughts.



#13 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:02 AM

People here at work with icy windows used to complain about the hybrid's desire to suppress running the heater/engine until I pointed out the MAX DEFROST button?  If you want the engine to run instantly and for a long time you can use that.  If you want engine to cycle off and on I would just use regular auto set on a high temperature range as already mentioned.








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