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Hiya,

I have a Mk3 Focus Titanium X 2.0 fitted with a retractable electric tow bar. This is the type with the button in the boot which you have to press twice to deploy the tow bar from underneath the car.

I have only used this a couple of times since buying the car, however it now fails to deploy when an attempt to use it is made. Normally when the button in the boot is pressed once until the first bleep to disengage the tow bar from storage, then pressed again to the next bleep to swivel it out the tow bar is basically ready to use. To stow-away the reverse process is used.

At the moment though, when the button in the boot is pressed the bleep heard is now a continuous sound (around 15-20 sec long) and the tow bar is not disengaged from storage or swilled out for use.

Does anyone have any ideal what the problem is? Its not a case of failed maintenance as the Ford manual says it is maintenance free and requires no servicing, oil or grease ever. I have tried to move it manually but it wont budge from its stowed position. I'm a little baffled as all seems okay and obviously the electrics but it doesn't work.

Any insight into this issue from somebody who has the knowledge or experience of this happening to them would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks.

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They were such a rare option on the mk3, I've only ever seen one in person.  You've probably got the only one on the forum lol.

It sounds like the solenoid to release the towbar has seized up.  While the Ford manual may say it's maintenance free, it sits in a damp, dirty, salty location and will inevitably suffer from that.

 

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Regardless of the cost, my choice would be a fixed towbar.

It protects the back of the car from anyone who 'parks by braille' and it strengthens the back of the car in the event of being on the receiving side of a rear end shunt.

Some cars, when tested to the US standard for surviving rear damage, had a leaking fuel tank caused by distortion of the surrounding chassis members and body panels penetrating the side of the tank.

On these models, the US version ONLY had a non optional towbar fitted.

Of course the manufacturer's line was that a towbar was what most US customers would use.

ScaniaPBman.

 

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On 12/30/2018 at 12:07 PM, dezwez said:

 Retractable electric tow bar that's a new one on me never heard of one :smile:

Thanks for your reply.

They are around £800 -£1000 fitted and available on many other makes of vehicles not just Ford.

 

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On 12/30/2018 at 12:29 PM, TomsFocus said:

They were such a rare option on the mk3, I've only ever seen one in person.  You've probably got the only one on the forum lol.

It sounds like the solenoid to release the towbar has seized up.  While the Ford manual may say it's maintenance free, it sits in a damp, dirty, salty location and will inevitably suffer from that.

 

Thanks,

It could be like you said a sticky solenoid, or perhaps didn't retract properly on the last time used. I need to find someone with a pit or some good solid ramps so I can take a better look. As mentioned, they are supposed to be sealed and maintenance free so weathering shouldn't be the issue. From what I can see locally, its quite clean and dry all around the area it is fitted so it may be a faulty solenoid as suggested.

If, or when I find out what's-what I'll try to update the post.

Thanks

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Thanks,

 

Perhaps if I get it working again I'll leave it extended as it can be used in that way. I have rear cameras fitted as well as rear sensors so shouldn't need a ram for general parking lol.

However, if left out is does have like you mentioned the benefit of defence if a nerdy tries to take you from the rear, ha, ha, ha!  

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On 12/30/2018 at 12:43 PM, dezwez said:

they don't sound that good glad they didnt fit that many :smile:

There's loads out there, and also variants. Most leading tow-bar specialists cater and supply them so they are not a selective breed by any measure. If you like gadgets then your love one of these to flick out in front of friends lol.

I like them because of their stealth, the rear of the car looks plain jane until you press the old button and hey presto out flicks the tow-bar and electric socket ready to rock … or should I say TOW!

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  • 1 year later...

Hi did you manage to sort this as mine has now done this I found out underneath take the rubber boot off and was able to hit a metal flat screw driver at the back as it was spring loaded to then fold it away but still have constant beep so I've got it back out again and disconnected the small module of the two which beeps with a read light flashing and the socket still works for the tow board 

i was homing it would reset if I folded back in but nothing

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  • 7 months later...

Hi All

I am trying to find out about the retractable tow ball wiring. I have a 2016 Mondeo Vignale estate and had this option Factory fitted. It has stopped working, pressing the button gives no LED light or audible note. I believe this could be a failed fuse or possible relay. I have trawled through the handbook fuse boards but can see no reference to Tow ball. Any help would be gratefully received, possibly a suggestion where to find / ask for this information.  

Regards

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