Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Frozen North (Alaska)
Foot activated rear hatch question
Our Escape has the power rear hatch. The big deal in the ads is how it's foot activated. Unfortunately this car has the tow package, which deletes the foot activated hatch. I can understand why, as it might get activated by safety chains or inadvertently when a trailer is hitched up, but we will probably never use the hitch on this rig (that's what the F250 is for.)
I asked at the dealership if it could be converted to add that feature, but I only talked with the sales staff (who were clueless of course). I think it's probably as simple as installing a different harness and the sensor (maybe mounting it in a different place). I've been looking underneath, and there's a harness connector at the right rear which leads to the backup sensors on the bumper, the trailer connector and an "antenna" just forward of the hitch receiver, which I believe is for the remote keyless entry fobs. I could remove the hitch receiver, but that would mean replacing the bumper cover to close the cutout for the hitch. But I think the sensor could just be mounted somewhere else if it's centered under the bumper.
Could someone who has this feature possibly look under their Escape and see if you can identify the sensor and maybe get the part #'s off it and the harness? Photos would be good also.
Thanks very much
Wife's car: 13 Escape Titanium AWD, Frosted Glass
My Truck: 99 F250 Supercab 4x4 7.3L Powerstroke