One of the fun things about owning a vehicle is that there are so many fun and useful modes or items to access, such as the tow haul driving mode available in vans Ford F-150 that improves transmission performance for maximum pulling power. If you want to know what it is for and how to enable tow haul mode on your ford f-150we will explain the steps to do it.
What is Tow Haul mode for?
Enabling Tow Haul mode on your F-150 will allow the system to hold lower gears longer when accelerating or decelerating. This is particularly useful on hilly roads when keeping the truck in a lower gear for maximum pulling power when going uphill and using engine braking when going downhill, this prevents the brakes from burning out quickly. So this mode improves trailer towing or hauling a heavy load.
How to enable Tow Haul mode on Ford F-150?
To make the tow haul mode in your F-150 truck, you only have to follow two simple steps that we will explain below:
1. Press the Drive Mode button
This step will vary depending on where your F-150 has the shifter, whether it’s on the shift column or on the console.
In case your truck has a column shifteryou must press the button at the end of the lever to bring up the Driving Mode menu on the instrument cluster display.
Conversely, if your truck has a gear stick on consoleyou must press the DM button on the left side of the shifter to bring up the Drive Mode menu on the instrument cluster display.
2. Select the trailer transport mode
In the Drive Mode pop-up selection menu that will appear on the instrument cluster display, you can see that it is currently set to Normal, which is its default position: which means that every time you restart your pick up van F-150, the selected mode will be reset to Normal mode.
To activate Tow Haul mode, use the arrow keys on your steering wheel and move the highlight to the ‘Tow Haul’ icon in the popup menu and then press the OK button.
The Tow Haul icon will appear next to PRNDM, this would indicate that the mode has been successfully activated on your truck.
Additionally, it is worth mentioning that for now, it is not possible to permanently activate any other driving mode than Normal.
What can I do if the tow haul mode does not activate?
If after doing the procedure the mode does not activate and automatically return to Normal, then you will need to move the shift lever from Drive (D) to Park (P) and retry the steps. If after doing this, your problem persists, then there is a fault in the system that should be checked by a specialist.
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