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Ford Escape Hybrid, Tires, Wheels, SUV
Apr 19, 2006 (7:33 pm)
As best as I can find out - Ford developed their system and paid licensing fees to Toyota to streamline the time and to hopefully avoid the lawyers. The tires we have are made for the Hybrid by Coninental. The gas engine models get a tire that do not say ECO on the sidewall.
#13 of 29 Re: [stevedebi]
May 09, 2006 (6:48 pm)
That's interesting. I read that Ford bought the hybrid plans from Toyota and added their own twist. Makes me wonder how much of anything can be relied upon.
#14 of 29 Re: Patents [larnes]
May 16, 2006 (5:19 pm)
"I read that Ford bought the hybrid plans"
If you search for "patents" and "Ford Escape Hybrid", you will find many, many, refernces to the same pair of numbers. 300 patents, 21 licensed from Toyota because of ambiguity, no outright acceptance of Toyota technology.
"Where did Ford's hybrid technology originate?
Ford Motor Company designed, developed and validated its own hybrid powertrain system In fact, Ford expects more than 100 patents to be issued
covering this unique Ford hybrid system. "
#15 of 29 Tires of choice?
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 19, 2006 (8:13 am)
What tires are you running on your FEH? And has anyone tried those low rolling resistance tires to improve mileage performance?
#16 of 29 Re: Tires of choice? [pf_flyer]
Oct 19, 2006 (10:00 am)
I'm confused by the question.
The OEM tires, Continental EcoPlus, are LRR designed for the FEH. (In fact it has been reported that Continental will only sell them to Ford Dealerships - not to tire vendors) In addition, most if not all Ford Dealerships do not stock the tire - so the potential wait time for a replacement has prompted many folks to buy an EcoPlus and install it as a full size spare.
#17 of 29 Re: Tires of choice? [mecheng1]
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 19, 2006 (10:42 am)
Just got a little curious. I have a friend who owns a tire shop and he was telling me about a hybrid owner who came in and ordered "special" LRR tires for his hybrid. (Prius I beleive) and the guy wound up taking them off after two weeks because they really weren't holding the road as well as he thought they would or should. His hypermiling tendencies had a definite tradeoff!
I assume that the FEH tires are a designed with the possible uses of the vehicle in mind, while helping mileage as much as is practical .
#18 of 29 Re: [canukvet]
Oct 27, 2006 (9:06 am)
>>>>>>>>Have you or anyone else experienced this situation,of really high RPM's for no apparent reason.
Even after driving almost all day and parking in the garage after work, the idle RPM's shoot up to 2500 at times.
I think it is a transmission issue but I can not find supporting documentation.>>>>>>>>>>>>
Hello there. Well yes I do have this problem in the summer time under a heavey load (e.g. goin up hills). My mechanic said it's not the transmission. They don't know what the problem is. They are to send a Ford rep out next summer. The problem was documented before the warranty was up so they'll honor it. Apparently Ford doesn't have any record of anyone else having this problem. Let me know if they figure out the problem.
#19 of 29 What effect would it have to use a lower profile tire?
Aug 01, 2007 (8:23 pm)
I am thinking of getting a lower profile tire for my Escape. It seems to me that it would lower wind resistance, reduce roll over likelyhood and improve handling on a tight roadway. I was told that it would screw up the computer and cause all sorts of problems with the hybryd system. Any thoughts?