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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Glacier Cable Snow Chains, part number PW2029C. This kit will come in a set for both the driver and passenger side, and will work for either two or four wheel drive vehicles. Starting on the ground, we've gone ahead and laid out our tire chain. We have the cross sections that will connect the outer cables. Where the cross section meets the outer cable, we'll make sure that the hook of the cross section will face away from the tire. Its smooth surface will go against the sidewall of the tire, so it doesn't dig in and damage the tire. As we've got it laid out here, we'll also go ahead and note that this is a directional chain. It does matter in which direction it's going to move primarily, which will be forward. Now we'll go ahead and put our chain in place.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today in our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Glacier Cable Snow Chains, part #PW1046. This kit will come in a set for both the driver and passenger side, and will work for either 2- or 4-wheel drive vehicles. Starting on the ground, we've gone ahead and laid out our tire chain. We have the cross-sections that will connect the outer cables. We'll make sure that the hook of the cross-section will face away from the tire, and its smooth surface will go against the sidewall of the tire so it doesn't dig in and damage the tire. Now we'll go ahead and put our chain in place. We'll take the chain, lay it up over the tire, and bring the bottom ends down and around the tire. As we put it in place, we'll make it's evenly spaced, inside to outside, so that the outside cables hang evenly on the sidewall.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback Four Bike Rack for 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number Y02458. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch on our vehicle. I want to make sure that the anti rattle device is pushed forward that way it slides in nicely and then you'll watch for your pin holes to line up. With your pin hole in line, you go ahead and insert your pin and then tighten in our anti rattle device here on the bottom of the rack. Tightening this down helps to take any extra play out of the shank. You wiggle it around a little and then you get it nice and tight. With our rack in this position, the closest point of the rack to the vehicle is going to be about 4 1/2 inches.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inch and 2-inch hitches, part number Y02462. To begin our test fit, we'll insert the shank of our rack into the hitch of our vehicle. It helps if you keep your finger on the anti-rattle device. You'll then push it in until the pin clicks into place, and you can tell from the green indicator marker here. Now, we'll go ahead and tighten up the anti-rattle device. This helps to take any play out of the shank of the rack.



Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2103 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima Full Swing Four Bike Rack for 2 inch hitches part number Y02465. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch of our vehicle. You want to keep a finger on the anti rattle device that way it slides in smoothly, you'll then push it in until your clip, until your pin and clip locks into place. You can tell here by the green indicator that it is locked in. We'll then tighten down our anti rattle device by twisting this red knob and this helps to take any extra play out of the shank of the rack. As you can we are nice and tight there. The closest part of the rack to the vehicle is this wing nut here, that measures about an 1 1/2 away from the vehicle.



Saris Thelma Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Saris Thelma 3-bike platform-style rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number SA4239B. To begin our test fit we'll insert the shank of our rack into the hitch of our vehicle. Once that's inserted you'll want to watch for the pinholes to line up. With your pinholes in line we'll go ahead and and take the included threaded anti-rattle hitch bolt and thread that into place. Once we have that hand tight we'll go ahead and take our wrench and tighten down the rest of the way. Doing this helps to remove any extra added movement in the shank.



Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Saris Freedom Superclamp 4-bike platform-style rack for 2" hitches, part number SA4026. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch of our vehicle. We'll then want to watch for the pinholes to line up. Once we have our pinholes in line we can go ahead and take our anti-rattle hitch bolt and thread that through the shank. With that hand tight you'll go ahead and finish tightening it rest of the way with your wrench. Tightening this down helps to take any extra play out of the hitch.



Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Saris Freedom Super Clamp Two Bike platform style rack part number SA4025. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of our rack into our receiver hitch on our vehicle. You want to watch for the pin holes to line up. Once that is in line you can go ahead and take the threaded anti rattle hitch bolt and thread that into place. Once you have that hand tight, you can go ahead and take your wrench and finish it off the rest of the way. Once that is tighten down, you can go ahead and snap your lock onto the other side. We'll go ahead and we'll get a few measurements here.



Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Saris Freedom Two Bike platform style rack for 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number SA4412B. We'll begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch of our vehicle. Now you may want to keep a hand on the adapter sleeve as it does move freely and we'll line up the pin holes. With our pin holes in line, we'll go ahead and take our anti rattle hitch bolt and thread that into place. With that hand tighten, we'll go ahead and take a wrench and tighten it up the rest of the way. This helps to take any extra movement out of the shank of the rack.



Saris Axis Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Saris Axis. This is a tilting and folding 2-bike rack designed for us in both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. Part number is SA832B. Now to begin the test fit we'll slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we're going to line up the threaded hole with the hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our anti-rattle bolt, we're going to thread this in from the left to the right. We can then tighten it down with our wrench.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number C12060 from Curt. This is a Curt Class 2, inch and a quarter receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the Ford Escape. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 2 inches and from the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16 inches. Now we'll show you how the hitch is installed. Before we install it, we'll show you where the hitch mounts up onto the bottom of the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape we're going to install part number 87626 from Hidden Hitch. This is their custom fit class three 2" receiver. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the Escape. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground comes out to about 16". From center of the hitch pinhole to the outside edge of the bumper is about 1-1/2".



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape we're going to install part number 75751 from Draw-Tite, their class three 2" receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the Escape. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground comes out to about 16". From center of the hitch pinhole to the outside edge of the bumper is about 1-1/2". Also, the hitch goes past the bumper about 1" as well.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape, we'll be installing our Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Connector, part number 118426. First we'll go ahead and open up the rear hatch and then we'll need to remove both taillight assemblies. To remove the taillight assemblies, we'll need to remove the two screw fasteners that secure each one. Next we'll need to remove the taillight assembly, now to remove the taillight assembly we'll pull back towards the rear of the vehicle popping it free. There's two alignment tabs underneath that are still securing it so to assist we're going to get behind the lens with a plastic pry tool, you can also use a flat blade screwdriver just be careful not to scratch the paint. Once we pop them free we can go ahead and pull the taillight assembly out and remove the wiring connectors so we can set the taillight assembly aside. Here we can see the alignment tabs underneath.



Rain-X Latitude Wiper Blades Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on this 2009 Ford Escape we're going to do a test fit of Rain-X Windshield Wiper Blades, part number X5079277. We'll start off by removing the original wiper blades. There are two small tabs that we have to push in. We'll go ahead and pull the wiper blade away from the arm. We'll go ahead and set the arm down and then install our new blade. However, before we can install it we have to change the adapter on it.



Saris Axis 2 Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we will be test fitting the Saris Axis 2-bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2" hitches, part number SA832B. The first thing we'll do is take the shank of the rank, install it into the hitch, line up the pinholes, thread in the anti-rattle bolt from driver to passenger side, tighten it down with a wrench, and secure it with a lock on the other side. With the rack installed we have about 14" of ground clearance. The nearest part of the rack to the back of the bumper is about 8-1/2". We've added roughly 15" of overall length to the Escape. At the bottom of the mast we can go ahead and pull the t-handle, and that allows the mast to lean backwards. This will allows us to gain full access to the back of the SUV. Put the mast back in the upright position, we can go ahead and extend the arms of the rack.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a folding and tilting 4-bike rack. It's been designed for use with the 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. Its part number is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right up into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll slide it in far enough so that our threaded hole will line up with our hitch pinhole. We'll then take our anti-rattle bolt and we'll slide that in.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp 2. This is a platform style folding and tilting 2-bike rack, they've designed it for use with 1 1/4 hitches. The part number is Y02445. To begin our test we're going to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We want to slide it in far enough so that our threaded hole lines up with our hitch pin hole. We'll then take our standard anti-rattle bolt which is provided, we'll thread that in. This bolt's designed to draw the shank of the rack over against the receiver tube.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima HoldUp 2-Bike platform style rack for two inch hitches, part number Y02443. We will begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch on our vehicle. We want to go ahead and watch for the hitch pin holes to line up. We can then take the included anti rattle hitch lock and thread it into the thin hole. For this particular rack you'll need to thread it in from passenger side to driver's side so you want to keep that in mind. Once we have it hand tight we can take our rinch and tighten it down the rest of the way. This will help take out any extra plate out of the shank of the rack and help eliminate movement overall going down the road.



Thule Sprint Roof Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Sprint Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number Th528. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape, we'll begin our test fit by placing the bike rack up onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll just position the rubber coated steel strap around the underside of the bar, and hook it into the connection point. We'll then use the speed link knobs to tighten down the straps around the bar. Moving to the back of the bike rack, I'll slide the bracket to where it's resting on the rear bar. Again, I'll bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the bar, and tighten it down with the speed link knob. Once everything is all tightened down and secure, we're ready to load up our bike.



Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test-fitting the Thule Circuit Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH526. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape, we'll begin our test-fit by placing the bike rack up onto the vehicle's crossbars. Starting at the front, I'll need to remove the skewer so that we can adjust the bracket to go around the front bar. With the skewer removed, there are three settings to adjust the L bracket. Since this vehicle is equipped with a factory roof rack and the bars are kind of thin, I'm going to put it on the tightest setting. With the L Bracket positioned around the front bar, I'll tighten down the T bolt hand-tight and slide it into the slot of the L bracket. Before clamping it down, I'm going to move to the rear and adjust the rear bracket around the rear bar. We'll need to loosen up the wing nuts and position the bolts in the front side and back side of the bar.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2005 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number C12060 from Curt. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as the ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening, down to the ground, will be about 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about one and a half inches. All right, let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we'll go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up to the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be installing Hidden Hitch 1-1/4 inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part #90108. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out our attachment points. We'll have a total of four attachment points, two on each side. These attachment points will be secured with the hardware provided with our install kit and utilizing the pre-drilled holes in the manufacturers frame. Securing each attachment point will be a 1/2 inch carriage bolt and block that will get fed through the frame, out the attachment point, through the hitch. We will secure it with a conical tooth washer and nut. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now to get our hardware in position here on the drivers side we'll need to open up the oval slotted hole here at the bottom of the frame large enough that we can fit our block and carriage bolt into the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2005 Ford Escape we're going to install part number 87626 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will about 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1 inch. Also, one thing to know is that the hitch does extend past the bumper a little bit. Let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install we'll go ahead and show where the hitch mounts up to your frame. There are two holes on the inside edge of a frame on both sides, as well as, a hole in the bottom of the frame. Next we'll go ahead and show you how the hardware works with the hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be installing a Draw-Tite hitch part number 36501. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out our attachment points. We'll have a total of four attachment points, two on each side. These attachment points will be secured with the hardware provided with our install kit and utilizing the pre-drilled holes in the manufacturer's frame. Securing each attachment point will be a half inch carriage bolt and bolt that will get that through the frame out the attachment point thought the hitch where we'll secure with a inaudible 00:00:31 washer and nut. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima FatCat 6 locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number Y03088. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto our front crossbar. We'll bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the bar and hook them into the connection points. Now you may need to turn the red knob on the inside of the top bracket to tighten the strap. Tighten down the black lever and clamp it down, which will secure the connection piece in place. We'll then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. With the front part of the carrier secured, we're ready to install the back part of the carrier. We'll just repeat the same installation process as we did with the front.



Whispbar Roof Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Whispbar locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number WB-300. With a factory roof rack on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto our front crossbar. We'll swing the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the bar and hook them into the connection points. With it in place, we'll need to open up the jaws of the carrier by pushing into the black over-sized button. We'll need to make sure the lever is up and loose. We will then tighten down the black lever and clamp it down, which will secure that connection piece. After repeating the same process for the other side we'll place the rear part of the carrier onto the rear bar and repeat the same installation process. Now that both pieces of the carrier are installed, we're ready to load up our skis and our snowboard. We'll need to push in the black over-sized button at the end of the carrier and open up the jaws.



Thule Hyper XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Hyper XL rooftop cargo box with 17 cubic feet of space in two-tone black and silver, part number TH612. With the factory roof rack on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's crossbars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, I'm going to move to the back of the vehicle and push the box as far forward as possible. Then I can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. I'll then turn the knobs, which will tighten down the clamps around the bars. Now this box does feature the AcuTight mounting hardware, which will notify you when the clamps have been fully tightened when the knob starts to click.



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL rooftop cargo box with 21 cubic feet of space aero skin black in color part number TH626. With the factory roof rack on our Escape, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto to the vehicles cross bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid exposing the two closest knobs. I'll turn the knob which will tighten on the clamps around the front and back cross bar. Now this double sided opening lid also enables you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the car. I'll then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process.



Yakima HighLite 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima HighLite aluminum 2-bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2" hitches, part number Y02438. We will start by inserting the shank of the bike rack into the trailer hitch. We'll line up the pinholes, insert the included pin, and tighten the rack into place with the knob at the bottom of the mast. With the rack installed on our Escape we have about 14" of ground clearance. The nearest point from the rack to our car is about 7". We've added about 13" in overall length. Near the bottom of the mast we'll go ahead and pull up on this knob. That will allow the mast to lean backwards and we can gain full access to the back of our Escape.





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