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Going on a longish trip, and having a battery at 250 CCA isn't inspiring confidence for going to a colder climate.

On the 2013-2019, what is your preference, removing the wipers and cowl, or disassembling the air box and reaching under the cowl to take off the bracket?

2017 SE with the 1.5 and the H6 AGM battery, I am not sure how it compares in size to the other batteries.

I hate messing with the cowl, but I suppose since I am already on my second replacement windshield it has been off already. Cowls here tend to warp and no longer sit flush on the windshield, or are brittle.

I already have the air box out (which was weird in itself) but seeing how far under the bracket is, I wonder if I should just go for the cowl.
 

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I went with removing the air box and disassembling the battery box. These plastic pins that hold the battery cables to the box all basically broke (as have all I have dealt with on this Escape) as they are hard plastic and not not the type of nylon that gives.

The Ford manual shows the air box, battery box method.

I can now sit and listen to music, remote lock and start the car, and locate it. Yah? It really did just fine starting at 12.3v and 249 CCA even at 40 degrees, and there was a sweet spot where it didn't do auto start/stop and finally started shutting down all remote access and radio unless it was running.

The old battery (I had one left around that was dead to take as the core) seems to run the starter on my 1982 F150 just fine, so it will stick around as a spare, or the next core.
 

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Going on a longish trip, and having a battery at 250 CCA isn't inspiring confidence for going to a colder climate.

On the 2013-2019, what is your preference, removing the wipers and cowl, or disassembling the air box and reaching under the cowl to take off the bracket?

2017 SE with the 1.5 and the H6 AGM battery, I am not sure how it compares in size to the other batteries.

I hate messing with the cowl, but I suppose since I am already on my second replacement windshield it has been off already. Cowls here tend to warp and no longer sit flush on the windshield, or are brittle.

I already have the air box out (which was weird in itself) but seeing how far under the bracket is, I wonder if I should just go for the cowl.
On our 2016 Escape SE I did both; induction removal and cowl removal. The latter was far easier and faster.

Did you do a BMS reset after installing the new battery?
Was your ground cable/BMS corroded so replaced?
 

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After watching people attempt and fail to get wipers back on correctly and synced (if I pop one up to wash under it for the next 10 starts it tries to sync them, and that isn't taking them off), I did the battery box.

I did reset the BMS because my wife missed auto stop/start. I used the flash to pass/brake pedal method successfully (before I broke out FORScan to do it). Very clean:

BMS on new battery:

 
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