The seats may be compliant and the climate control responsive even in scorching desert heat , but the true test was how this short-bed half-ton performed on the job. It does it all in a great-looking and easy-to-access package. Stints to and from the office revealed one side of this truck: The three-valve 5. Once seven psi of air was taken out of the tires, the ride became much nicer. At best, fuel economy was in the 20s, and we squeezed nearly 400 miles out of a tank; at worst, it was down in single digits.
Depending on the model, the installation can take as little as twenty minutes or as long as an hour. But the love doesn't stop there. The other side of the F-150's personality, though, quickly became clear: It's built to work, and its ride noticeably improves when it's hauling. Setting up your truck's tongue weight correctly will ensure your safety and your comfort. At 15,000 miles, the dealership replaced under warranty a grommet that had come loose from the bed extender. Through it all, the F-150 showed that a truck can be civilized, without sacrificing the amount of work it can handle. In this segment, we take a look at offerings by Draw Tite, Curt, and Hidden Hitch.
Close this tailgate with one hand and no struggle, and you'll never want to go back to the old way. Here's how to install one. If you are towing with a automatic turn-off the overdrive. In other words: Its cabin layout wowed those who climbed aboard. The F-Series, a perennial best-seller for decades, continues to stay competitive in a quickly changing field and proves that Ford still knows how to make a great pickup truck.
We provide you with everything you need to know before you tow. Ford F-150 Towing and Hauling Guides Make sure your truck is able to haul like it should with our F-150 towing guides. Stepping up into the SuperCrew brought positive first impressions that this modern, chiseled interior has advanced the design of all half- and three-quarter-ton interiors. The F-150's interior epitomizes that philosophy: Materials are eye pleasing and high quality, leather is soft to the touch, and noise dramatically reduced for the 2004 model. The F-Series proved tight and quiet, and nary a shudder was felt. Here is a break down of all the popular brands for your F-150 truck. There's no reason you can't have cushy leather seats and heated mirrors while towing a trailer or hauling cargo to the dump.
Remove the power steering reservoir support bracket. Remove the thermostat and O-ring from the lower intake manifold. In addition, the half-ton impressed with its outstanding chassis and frame. Remove the upper radiator hose at the thermostat housing. Will have a belt driving it. Fords are known for burning up their power steering pumps.
Solid build, highly capable shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system, skidplates, and durable frame and suspension equipped the truck for workaday activity. . Look at the the vin on the driver's door are it will have the G. While in our fleet, the F-150's duties included errand-running, weekend getaways, and work-week road trips. Of course you are; that's what they are made for! Ride quality is a qualified miraculous--light years ahead of the previous model's. Makes shifting impossible without tape. Rare nowadays, except when plugs have been replaced with wrong type compression ratio too high.
Another editor hopped into the half-ton to prerun sister publication Truck Trend's first annual Ultimate 4x4 Challenge, a grueling week-long test over terrain in Hollister, Hungry Valley, and the dunes near Pismo Beach, California. Also, a cap on the transmission shifter, which holds the trigger-style release in place, had come off allowing it to slip into any gear at any time; it was replaced under warranty as well. Disconnect the negative battery cable. By understanding the basics of this modification, you can be more assured of a safe trip. You will be able to tell because the bottom will have two hoses running out of it to the steering box When you take off the cap, it will smell like something was on fire in there. Just like humans, sometimes an overheated truck needs to cool down and have some water. Months later, the F-150 again served as trail prerunner, scouting out the best route for the event where we'd choose the Ford's replacement, the 2005 Truck of the Year.
Happy to say, our long-termer came with the optional reverse-sensing system, which several editors felt should be standard equipment. Wish we still had this one around. The new exterior design brought a taller bed with increased cargo volume, and with it more difficulty seeing behind the truck. Proper care and maintenance will extend hitch life and hopefully prevent breaks while on the road. At 10,000 miles, the brakes were getting noisy; a new set of pads was installed, and front and rear rotors were machined under warranty. Shifter is duct-taped closed after top plastic clip broke and whole assembly unraveled.