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Ford F-550 Super Duty Parts and Ford F-550 Super Duty Accessories

Six Things to Know about the Ford F-550 Super Duty

  • Prior to the use of the Super Duty label, the term Heavy Duty was used for Fords trucks, from the F-250 to the F-550. GM and Chrysler would eventually use the term as well, convincing Ford to adopt the new label "Super Duty" to differentiate them from the competition.

  • A custom F-550 Super Duty concept rescue truck was used as a fire support vehicle on April, 2010 when the Dallas Area was devastated by tornadoes. The truck was customized by NewScope Marketing for the Ford Motor Company and was previously on display in the Chicago Auto Show. The concept vehicle was in Texas for a number of events when the disaster struck. Fortunately, the rescue truck was a fully functional vehicle equipped with thermal imaging, Doppler radar and a powerful generator. It was ready as soon as the Grandbury volunteer fire department requested for additional outside help.

  • The F-550 is basis for the BearCat, an armored personal carrier manufactured by Lenco industries. BearCat stands for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. The BearCats have been used by a number of police departments in the United States starting with Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The bearcat has since been credited with saving the lives of a number of police officers.

  • The Sandcat, a military armored vehicle by Oshkosh Defense is based on the F-550 chassis. The first Sandcat was manufactured by Plasan and was also based on the Ford F-series. It was initially built to potentially replace similar vehicles of the Israeli Defense Force. Under Oshkosh, the vehicle is currently being tested by the U.S. army to determine whether or not it can complement its current fleet of Humvees and JLTVs.

  • According to an infographic released by Ford Motors, a Ford Super-Duty truck is built every 63 seconds. The number of trucks sold between 1998 and 2011 is 4.1 million. If all these trucked were lined up, they'd be as long as Australia's coastline, about 16,000 miles.

  • The F-550 is constructed in the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky along with the F-250, F-350 and F-450. The plant employs about 5,000, has about 24 miles of conveyer belts.

Ford F-550 Super Duty Articles

  • Common Problems with the Ford F-550 Super Duty

    The Ford F-550 Super Duty is part of Ford's line of heavy-duty vehicles. These tough trucks are meant to be used by professionals working in fields such as mining and construction. Unfortunately, even rigs like these have their problems. Here, we take a look at some of the common problems plaguing a number of F-550 Super Duty parts, most of which were due to manufacturer defects.

    Engine stall

    F-550s equipped with a 7.3-liter diesel engine are prone to stalling. This is caused by the vehicle's camshaft position sensor, which could malfunction at any time and possibly stop the engine. Ford issued a recall for affected vehicles in 2007, and all camshaft position sensors were inspected and replaced.

    F-550s equipped with a 6.0-liter engine also suffer from the same problem. This is due to the vehicle's faulty electrical harness connected to the fuel delivery system. A recall was issued in 2007 wherein upgrades were given to the fuel injection control module harness. A new injection control pressure sensor was installed as well.

    Fuel leakage

    The fuel system was also a problem for the F-550, especially those with a 5.4-liter or a 6.8-liter gasoline engine. Defects with the fuel jumper line may cause it to disconnect from the main fuel bundle and cause a significant fuel leakage. Drivers who experience such a problem will notice a sudden loss of power before the engine finally ceases. If the leak occurs near any ignition source, this could also cause a fire. A recall order was given in 2005 wherein an external retention clip was installed to secure the fuel jumper line.


    An error with assembly of the 2005 F-550's steering gear has resulted in the installation of an incorrect re-circulating ball tube retainer. This means that the ball tube it was meant to contain won't be properly secured and may result in it being dislodged. Most drivers will notice a distinct noise, and steering the vehicle may require an additional amount of effort. At worst, drivers could completely lose control of their vehicle and crash. There was a recall for the vehicle in 2005 to have the offending part replaced.