5 Little-Known Facts about the Ford F-250
- The F-Series line of trucks, which the Ford F-250 belongs to, holds the distinction of being the most profitable vehicle line in the United States. According to a study conducted by the Bernstein Research, the F-Series earned Ford 108 billion dollars in revenue from 1990 to 2011. According to the same study, the profitability of the F-Series is due to the truck's high selling value and the use of simple and inexpensive Ford F-250 Super Duty parts that make the F-250 and other F-Series easy to use and repair.
- The F-250 traces its ancestry as far back as 1948, but it was not until the 1950s that it received its now-familiar F-250 moniker. Originally, the F-250 was designated as the F-2 and was placed between the half-ton F-1 (now the F-150) and the heavy duty F-3 (now the one-ton F-350) classification. It was only in 1953 when Ford introduced its second generation of F-Series trucks that the F-2 was renamed as the F-250.
- A modified F-250 Super Duty currently holds the land speed record for diesel and biodiesel engine-powered vehicles. On August 2011, a B Production Diesel F250 driven by Brent Hajek broke the land speed record at 171.1 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, besting the previous record of 166.7 mph held by a Duramax-powered GMC. The truck featured a turbocharged 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, which increased the truck's horsepower by 50%. The same F-250 Super Duty was also used to break the record for biodiesel vehicles, reaching 182 miles per hour while running on B20 biodiesel.
- The stock V8 engine found in the F-250 will be used for future light fighting vehicles of the US military. On March 2012 BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defenses announced that their proposed
Valanx light fighting vehicle - slated to replace the famous Humvee - will be using a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine, the very same engine used in Ford-250 diesel models.
- Ford once suspended production of F-250 trucks in 2011 because of a shortage of red and black paint. Due to a pigment shortage caused by the T?hoku earthquake in Japan, Ford temporarily ceased taking new orders for F-250 trucks and other vehicles in Tuxedo black and limited orders for three shades of red.
Ford F-250 Common Problems
Part of the storied Ford F-Series line of pickup trucks, the Ford F-250
Super Duty pickup straddles the line between the luxurious hauling capabilities of the lighter F-150 and the tough-as-nails reliability of the heavy-duty Ford F-350. Coupled with a respectable fuel mileage and fairly low emissions, the F-250 is an obvious choice for many who want a refined yet highly functional ride. However, despite its benefits, the F-250 has had its share of problems. Some of the more common issues associated with the Ford F-250 Super Duty parts include the following:
One of the usual problems with the Ford F-250 involve the failure of the idle air control valve (IACV), the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, and the differential pressure feedback EGR (DPFE) sensor. Some F-250 models with 5.4-liter and 6.8-liter engines have also shown problems with the ignition coils and boots, while trucks equipped with turbodiesel engines often have problems with camshaft position (CMP) sensor failure.
Many Ford-F250 trucks have shown signs of shaking and loss of control. Whenever the truck goes into a hard turn or hits a bump, the ABS would kick and render the driver powerless to control the vehicle. There have also been reports of noticeable shimmying when hitting small bumps, ripples, and other irregularities on the road. The source of the problem is commonly isolated to the stock steering dampener of the vehicle; some car owners have resorted to replacing the stock dampeners with aftermarket performance products and have seen significant reduction of vibrations and other steering problems.
Another common problem with the F-250 is water damage to the fuse panel under the dash and the generic electronic module (GEM) at the back of the panel that controls the power windows and other related electrical devices in the F-250. The water from the windshield leaks, and this can reach the fuse panel and GEM, damaging these two parts and causing the vehicle to not start.
In some F-250 diesel models, the
Drain Water Separator dashboard message would also intermittently turn on and off. The common source of this problem is the buildup of rust in the fuel lines due to contaminated gasoline and a damaged fuel filter. In some cases, the problem is not covered by the vehicle warranty.
Ford F-250 Super Duty Trivia and Little Known Facts
Ford originally used the name, "Super Duty" in the 60s for its line of heavy duty trucks, and not the Ford F-Series trucks we know today. The "Super Duty" was only given to the F-Series (first to the F-250 and F-350, and later to the Ford F-450 and F-550) after GM and Chrysler copied the term "Heavy Duty," which was the original name of the Ford trucks during the 80s and the early 90s. If you're confused, let's put it this way. During the 80s and the early 90s, all heavy duty Ford trucks were coined as "Heavy Duty." After GM and Chrysler used the term "Heavy Duty" to their trucks, Ford changed theirs to "Super Duty." Now it's clear.
The 2012 Ford F-Series, including the F-250 Super Duty has been rated best-in-class in conventional towing and payload capacity.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty 6.7 L V8 has the lowest NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) compared to other vehicles in its class.
European-made vehicles are named using letters that denote the series and series of digits that describes the approximate size of the engine in liters multiplied by 100 or 10, depending on the rule of the car manufacturer. Such doesn't apply to the Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks. The Ford F-250 doesn't denote that it has a 2.5 L engine. Instead, Ford uses the "250" digits to denote that it is a three-quarter ton (or 1,500 lbs capacity) truck. Ford F-150 is a half-ton truck. The Ford 350 is a one-ton truck. The Ford 450 is a 1 1/2 ton truck.
The new generation Ford F-250 Super Duty is offered in four trims. All these can be bought either with a 6.2L Flex-Fuel engine or the 6.7L diesel engine. To differentiate which one is the XL, XLT, Lariat, and the King Ranch, you just have to look at the exterior features. The XL's grille is black bar-style. The XLT and the Lariat come in chrome grille. To distinguish these two apart, look at the door handles: XLT has black door handles while the Lariat has body color door handles. Meanwhile, the King Ranch has a body color grille surround with chrome insert.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty is compatible with B20 biodiesel and E85 fuel.
Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems
The Ford F-250 Super Duty is a pickup truck on steroids. On the road, it is very distinguishable because of its enormous size-like Arnold Schwarzenegger who cannot be missed anywhere he stands. But like the good Governor, the F-250 has flaws. Here are the most common complaint reported by owners and car review sites:
In 2008, Ford recalled more than 64,000 F-250 and F-350 4x4s with diesel engines. The reason for the recall is that the drive shaft does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 301. In an event of a frontal impact with speed above 30mph, the frame cross member may contact the fuel tank and cause a fuel leak. In the presence of a spark, the leaking fuel may cause fire.
Many owners of the Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks complain about death wobble, or front end vibration that happens when the one tire hits a bump in the pavement at high speed-usually between 40 and 50mph. While many vehicles are plagued with this problem-those vehicles equipped with coil spring front suspension with a panhard bar or track bar-Ford's death wobble is nothing less than horrible. This is not exclusive to F-250. The F-150 and the F-350 have been found to suffer from this vibration.
While this vehicle's exterior looks imposing, the interior, particularly and dashboard is somewhat outdated. Some might like it, but some will find it a little overwrought.
Transmission can go out as early as 50,000 miles. This would be fine if it is covered by warranty, but a very expensive repair on the part of the owner if not.
The brakes don't really give the right feel that they are properly biting. Drivers experience excessive brake pedal travel. This results to excessive stopping distance. The problem is attributed to the master cylinder malfunction.
This problem is for the first-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty. The seat belt buckles may not completely latch, thus the seat belts may not provide the right restraint in case of a crash. Ford will replace the buckles at no cost.
FAQs—Ford F-250 Super Duty
All of the gauges of my Ford F-250 Super Duty stopped working at the same time. My truck still runs good, though, but I don't know how to get the gauges to start running again. How can I fix this?
This might be an electrical problem, so the first thing you must do is to check the fuse. All fuses have labels on them, so look for the fuse labeled with the names of the gauges. If the respective fuses for the gauges are fine, then inspect all the other fuses and replace if you found one that's blown.
My Ford F-250 Super Duty won't start even though I just had new batteries installed. What seems to be the problem?
The problem might be the starter itself. Take off the starter and put a charger on it to see if the relay pops like it should be when you turn on the ignition. If it does, put it back and have someone turn on the ignition while you check if the starter actually spins off of the truck. If neither of these happens, replace the starter with one that's bigger and has higher torque.
I shifted my Ford F-250 Super Duty to 4-wheel drive but the lights stop working, and it doesn't seem to engage into high or low gear. Please help me fix this.
The differential lock under the front end of your truck might be broken. This lock is an actuator that screws in and has two wires that plugs in, and you might have to replace it if it has gone bad.
Another possible cause is an electrical problem, so check your fuses. Don't search for a particular fuse, since the lights only stop working when you shift to 4x4; inspect all of the fuses in the box and replace any that has blown.
If neither of these works, check the transfer case shift motor for any power. If there's none, you might have to get it repaired or replaced.
When I use the key remote to lock the doors of my Ford F-250 Super Duty, the lights flash, but I hear no chirp, and the doors do not lock. However, I can open the doors with the key remote, and its battery is still new so I don't think the key remote is the problem. How can I diagnose this?
The vehicle security module or VSM might be broken. If this is the case, you will have to take it to a dealer for them to re-program or replace it, depending on the condition of your truck's VSM.
Another possible cause could be the key fob, which you may have to replace. You can find a cheaper one online, and you can install it yourself by following the instructions that come with your purchase.
My Ford F-250's back-up lights are always on, even when the truck's not on reverse. What's causing this to happen?
There might be a fault in the system and the back-up sensor is broken. Use a scan tool capable of scanning original equipment, or bring your truck to a dealer so they can do this. If you're diagnosing the problem yourself, you need to be able to access the codes that are present in the reverse sensing module or RSM. There should be a code set that can point you to the problem.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty Just Keeps Getting Stronger
Built to treat heavy-duty tasks like towing and hauling with ease, the Ford F-250 Super Duty truck was designed to be larger and stronger than any other truck of its kind. Assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, the F-250 runs on the more powerful engines and up-to-date technologies to guarantee high-level performances.
1997-2007: First generation
Sporting a much angular design that made the truck’s overall appearance distinct, the F-250 featured a 5.4-liter V8 engine capable of 255 horsepower. But during a span of ten years, the first-generation models received engine upgrades and design restyling that made this super duty truck more appealing and productive.
Available in Standard, SuperCab, and Crew cab models, the F-250 truck boasted its increased hauling and towing capacities, thicker body frame, revised engines, and bigger set of wheels. Ford also developed technologies to improve the functions of the F-250 like the TowCommand trailer brake controller, which worked with the powertrain control module and anti-lock braking system, and the Fall-Safe Cooling system, which was designed to protect the engine from overheating.
2008-2010: Second generation
While the overall capabilities of the F-250 were improved over three years, its exterior and interior hardware also moved steps higher to suit the needs of heavy-duty truck users. The F-250’s exterior was brushed with an improved corrosion-resistance coating while its interior was manufactured with high-grade materials. New features like power-telescoping mirrors and Sync multimedia voice control system also found their way inside the truck, along with an Internet-capable in-dash computer, a standard MP3 audio jack, and a unique drop-down tailgate step.
Completing the new additions to the second-generation F-250 was Ford’s Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater, which raises the cabin temperature to a certain level for the engine to warm up during winter, and the engine upgrade for the 6.4-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 engine, which is recommended for serious hauling and towing jobs. Two new trims were added to this generation truck: the Cabela’s, which was targeted for off-road driving, and the Harley Davidson, which featured chrome badges and black leather trim.
Third generation: 2011-present
The third-generation F-250 Super Duty truck enjoyed more hi-tech features including telescoping steering wheel and an LCD Productivity Screen, which comes standard in the Lariat and King Ranch trims. The manual and automatic air-conditioning control was also added to the truck besides a rear-view camera and steering wheel audio controls. Upgraded step bars, tailgate step, and a roll-up tonneau cover were just some exterior features added. And to make F-250 the have-it-all heavy-duty truck, Ford topped it with its AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, and the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. With only the XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch trims available, the F-250 truck continues to power up with a 6.2-liter V8 engine or a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel engine.