Ford Explorer: Power Liftgate / Hands-Free Feature (If Equipped)

Ford Explorer 2020-2022 Owners Manual / Liftgate / Power Liftgate / Hands-Free Feature (If Equipped)

Make sure you have the intelligent access remote within 3 ft (1 m) of the liftgate.

  1. Stand behind your vehicle, and face the liftgate.
  2. Move your foot, in a single-kick motion, without pausing, under and away from the rear bumper detection area.

  3. The liftgate opens or closes.

Avoid the following actions when using the hands-free opening feature:

  • Making physical contact with the bumper.
  • Holding your foot under the bumper.
  • Sweeping your foot from side to side, or kicking at an odd angle.

Detection zones

Vehicles Without a Trailer Hitch

The detection area is in the center of the rear bumper.

Vehicles With a Trailer Hitch

The detection area is on the left-hand side and right-hand side of the hitch, between the exhaust and the hitch.

Note: Allow the power system to open the liftgate. Manually pushing or pulling the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stop the power operation or reverse its direction, replicate a strut failure, or damage mechanical components.

Note: Splashing water may cause the hands-free liftgate to open. Keep the intelligent access remote away from the rear bumper detection area when you wash your vehicle.

    Obstacle Detection

    Note: Entering your vehicle while the liftgate is closing can cause your vehicle to bounce and activate obstacle detection. To prevent this, let the power liftgate close completely before you ente..

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