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Ford 2009 F-250 Owner's Manual

Ford 2009 F-250 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Dual automatic temperature control Lights Headlamps Turn signal control Bulb replacement Driver Controls Windshield wiper/washer control Steering wheel adjustment Power windows Mirrors Speed control Upfitter controls Moon roof Message center 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Table of Contents...
  • Page 2 Transmission operation Reverse sensing system Reverse camera Roadside Emergencies Getting roadside assistance Hazard flasher control Fuel pump shut-off switch Fuses and relays Changing tires Wheel lug nut torque Jump starting Wrecker towing 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 3 Ford Motor Company. Ford may change the contents without notice and without incurring obligation. Copyright © 2008 Ford Motor Company...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations on acquiring your new Ford. Please take the time to get well acquainted with your vehicle by reading this handbook. The more you know and understand about your vehicle, the greater the safety and pleasure you will derive from driving it.
  • Page 5 Certain components of this vehicle such as airbag modules, seat belt pretensioners, and button cell batteries may contain Perchlorate Material – Special handling may apply for service or vehicle end of life disposal. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Introduction...
  • Page 6 In order to properly diagnose and service your vehicle, Ford Motor Company, Ford of Canada, and service and repair facilities may access vehicle diagnostic information through a direct connection to your vehicle when diagnosing or servicing your vehicle.
  • Page 7 • where the driver was positioning the steering wheel. To access this information, special equipment must be directly connected to the recording modules. Ford Motor Company and Ford of Canada do not access event data recorder information without obtaining consent,...
  • Page 8 Failure to follow the specific warnings and instructions could result in personal injury. WARNING: Front seat mounted rear-facing child or infant seats should NEVER be placed in front of an active passenger airbag. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 9 WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 10 For additional information, please contact the Truck Body Builders Advisory Service at 1–877–840–4338. Use of your Ford light truck as an ambulance, without the Ford Ambulance Preparation Package voids the Ford New Vehicle Limited Warranty and may void the Emissions Warranties. In addition, ambulance...
  • Page 11 Owner’s Guide is written primarily for the U.S. and Canadian Markets. Features or equipment listed as standard may be different on units built for Export. Refer to this Owner’s Guide for all other required information and warnings. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 12 Brake Fluid - Non-Petroleum Based Stability Control System Master Lighting Switch Fog Lamps-Front Fuel Pump Reset Windshield Defrost/Demist 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) See Owner’s Guide Airbag - Front Child Seat Lower Anchor Brake System Parking Brake System...
  • Page 13 Avoid Smoking, Flames, or Sparks Explosive Gas Power Steering Fluid Service Engine Soon Passenger Compartment Air Filter Check Fuel Cap 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Introduction Power Window Lockout Interior Luggage Compartment Release Engine Oil Engine Coolant...
  • Page 14: Instrument Cluster

    Instrument Cluster WARNING LIGHTS AND CHIMES Vehicles equipped with a manual transmission Vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 15 (I/M) testing in the Maintenance and Specifications chapter. Solid illumination after the engine is started indicates the On Board Diagnostics System (OBD-II) has detected a malfunction. Refer to On board diagnostics (OBD-II) in the Maintenance and Specifications 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 16 Normal braking is still functional unless the brake warning light also is illuminated. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) BRAKE...
  • Page 17 This indicates a problem with the electrical system or a related component. Powertrain malfunction/Reduced power/Electronic throttle control (RTT): Displays when the engine has defaulted to a “limp-home” operation or when a 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 18 (refer to Fuel gauge in this chapter). Door ajar (RTT): Displays when the ignition is in the on position and any door is open. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 19 If your vehicle is equipped with a diesel engine, it has some unique warning lights; refer to Instrument Cluster in your 6.0 and 6.4 Liter Power Stroke Direct Injection Turbo Diesel Owner’s Guide Supplement for detailed information on their function. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Instrument Cluster...
  • Page 20 75 mph (120 km/h) or higher. Airbag secondary warning chime: Sounds to inform the driver, in the event that the airbag readiness warning lamp is inoperable, that there is a fault in the supplemental restraint system 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 21: Gauges

    Instrument Cluster GAUGES Speedometer: Indicates the current vehicle speed. Standard instrument cluster Harley-Davidson instrument cluster 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 22 Press the RESET button to reset. Tachometer: Indicates the engine speed in revolutions per minute. Driving with your tachometer pointer continuously at the top of the scale may damage the engine. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 23 Add oil if needed. If the oil level is correct, have your vehicle checked at your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 24 Transmission fluid temperature gauge (automatic transmission only): If the gauge is in the: Normal area (normal) - the transmission fluid is within the normal operating temperature (between “H” and “C”). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 25 If the gauge is operating in the Yellow or Red area, stop the vehicle and verify the airflow is not restricted such as snow or debris blocking airflow through the grill. If the gauge continues to show high temperatures, see your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 26: Entertainment Systems

    AM/FM stereo system (if equipped) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 27 5. AM/FM: Press AM/FM to select AM/FM1/FM2 frequency band. 6. ON/OFF/Volume: Press VOL - PUSH to turn ON/OFF. Turn VOL - PUSH to increase/decrease volume. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems to adjust. To adjust minutes, press CLK...
  • Page 28: Am/Fm Stereo With Cd

    (if equipped) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 29 When the song appears in the display that you would like to replace, press OK. SONG REPLACED will appear in the display. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 30 TREB (Treble): Press MENU to reach the treble setting. SEEK, SEEK BAL (Balance): Press MENU to reach the balance setting. SEEK, SEEK (L) and right (R) speakers. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) to select either to adjust.
  • Page 31 For location and further information on auxiliary audio mode, refer to Auxiliary input jack later in this chapter. Satellite radio is available only with a valid SIRIUS radio subscription. Check with your authorized dealer for availability. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems to adjust.
  • Page 32 SHUFFLE again. SHUFFLE OFF will appear in the display. Note: In CD/MP3 mode, press SHUFFLE to play the tracks in random order. In MP3 folder mode, the system will randomly play all tracks within the current folder. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 33 In TEXT MODE sometimes the display requires additional text to be displayed. When the “>” indicator is active, press SEEK to view the additional display text. When the “<” indicator is active, press SEEK to view the previous display text. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 34 If a CD is already loaded into the system, CD/MP3 play will begin where it ended last. (CD eject): Press to eject a 18. CD slot: Insert a CD label side up in the CD slot. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 35: Am/Fm Stereo With In-Dash Six Cd

    (if equipped) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 36 OK. SONG REPLACED will appear in the display. • DELETE SONG: Press OK to delete a song from the system’s memory. Press to cycle through the saved songs. When the 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) to adjust the hours/minutes.
  • Page 37 To search for specific RBDS music categories: When the desired category appears in the display, press then press and release SEEK, SEEK begin the search. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems to select either to toggle RBDS ON/OFF. When...
  • Page 38 SEEK In Folder mode, pressing SEEK within the selected folder. Press FOLDER, FOLDER available). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) to adjust. to adjust the audio between the left SEEK to adjust. will scroll through all tracks on the disc.
  • Page 39 OK: Use in various menu selections. If your vehicle is equipped with a Family Entertainment System (FES) please refer to the DVD supplement for further information. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems to toggle ON/OFF. When COMPRESS...
  • Page 40 13. TEXT/SCAN: In radio and CD/MP3 mode, press and hold for 2 seconds to activate mode to hear a brief sampling of radio stations or CD tracks. Press again to stop. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 41 If you do not choose a slot within five seconds, the system will choose for you. Once loaded, the first track will begin to play. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 42: Auxiliary Input Jack

    Auxiliary input jack (if equipped) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 43 7. Adjust the sound on your portable music player until it reaches the level of the FM station or CD by switching back and forth between the AUX and FM or CD controls. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 44: Usb Port

    USB port (if equipped) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 45 CD/CD player care • Handle discs by their edges only. (Never touch the playing surface). • Inspect discs before playing. • Clean only with an approved CD cleaner. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 46 CD units are designed to play commercially pressed 4.75 in (12 cm) audio compact discs only. Due to technical incompatibility, certain recordable and re-recordable compact discs may not function correctly when used in Ford CD players. Do not use any irregular shaped CDs or discs with a scratch protection film attached.
  • Page 47 .mp3 file extension) and all folders containing MP3 files, from F001 (folder) T001 (track) to F253 T255. • Creating discs with only one level of folders will help with navigation through the disc files. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 48: Satellite Radio Information

    • Antenna obstructions: For optimal reception performance, keep the antenna clear of snow and ice build-up and keep luggage and other material as far away from the antenna as possible. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) .mp3 .mp3...
  • Page 49 Note: SIRIUS reserves the unrestricted right to change, rearrange, add or delete programming including canceling, moving or adding particular channels, and its prices, at any time, with or without notice to you. Ford Motor Company shall not be responsible for any such programming changes.
  • Page 50 INVALID CHNL Channel no longer UNSUBSCRIBED Subscription not available for this NO TEXT Artist information not 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Action Required No action required. This message should disappear shortly. If this message does not clear within a short present.
  • Page 51: Family Entertainment System

    FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT DVD SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED) WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 52 The indicator light will turn off indicating the system is off. Note: The audio from the DVD system will play over all vehicle speakers and can be adjusted by the radio volume control. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 53 To play an auxiliary source through the DVD system The DVD system can be used to connect and play auxiliary electronic devices such as game systems, personal camcorders, video cassette recorders, etc. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 54 2. Press MEDIA to change the audio source of the active channel (A or B). The audio source will be shown on the display. You may change the active channel by pressing the A or B headphone control button. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 55 A display will appear at the bottom of the screen indicating the brightness level. The brightness display will only appear when the menu is not displayed. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems A or...
  • Page 56 DVD system. (Reverse): Press and release for the previous chapter or track. Press and hold to reverse search a DVD, Video CD, or FES CD in DVD/CD mode. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) VIDEO...
  • Page 57 (Headphones/Speakers): Press once for Dual Play (Headphone mode- the rear speakers are muted) and press again for Single Play (same media playing through all speakers). You can also 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 58 Unless otherwise stated, all operations can be carried out with the remote control. Always point the remote control directly at the player. Ensure that there are no obstructions between the remote and player. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 59 ) the volume over all speakers. When in Dual Play, press to increase ( ) or decrease ( ) the volume for the wired headphones. (Wireless headphone volume is controlled with the rotary dial on the right ear piece.) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 60 21. LANGUAGE (DVD dependent): Press to select the desired language. 22. ENTER: Press to select the highlighted menu option. 23. ILLUMINATION: Press to illuminate the remote control and backlight all of the buttons. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 61 DVD player. Remove the screw and unlatch the battery cover to access the batteries. The remote control unit uses two AAA batteries which are supplied with the unit. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 62 Also, wired headphones may be purchased and plugged in where indicated on the left and right hand sides of the system. Refer to Wired Headphones following. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 63 Then, lightly press down on top and slide the cover off. When replacing the batteries, use two new batteries (alkaline recommended) and install them with the correct orientation as indicated in the battery housing. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 64 They will also turn off after two hours of continuous use as a power save feature. If this happens, simply turn the headphones on again and continue use. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 65 (and other media sources) over the headphones. This enables the front and rear seat passengers to listen to a variety of sources a variety of ways. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems A.
  • Page 66 Press MEDIA to change the audio source for Channel B. This information will display on the DVD system screen. Channel B can listen to either the DVD media or the DVD system auxiliary inputs (DVD-AUX). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 67 (Headphone only mode) When the Family Entertainment System (FES) detects that the original radio supplied by Ford Motor Company has been removed from the vehicle, the Family Entertainment System will work in a state referred to as “Headphone Only Mode”.
  • Page 68 DVD. The system default is WIDE (16:9). Language Select LANGUAGE to select the language you would like to use for audio output (English, Spanish, French). This is disc dependent. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 69 You can also use the cursor controls to highlight COMPRESSION, SHUFFLE or SCAN. Once you have highlighted the desired track or function, press ENTER on the DVD bezel to confirm your selection. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 70 • Disc finalization — The disc may be left open for the purpose of adding sessions to it at a later time, but be sure to close each session or the disc will not play. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 71 (DVD) into the player, as doing so may damage the player and may cause injury to you. • Do not disassemble the player. The laser used in disc playback is extremely harmful to the eyes. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 72 (DVD), DVD-R and R/W discs only. Due to technical incompatibility, certain recordable and re-recordable compact discs may not function correctly when used in Ford CD and DVD players. Irregular shaped CDs or DVDs, CDs or DVDs with a scratch protection film attached, and CDs with homemade paper (adhesive) labels should not be inserted into the FES DVD system.
  • Page 73 DVD system. They can be used to plug in wired headphones or to connect and play auxiliary electronic devices such as game systems, personal camcorders, video cassette recorders, etc. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 74 DVD. While a DVD is playing you may use the following controls on the front radio: • SEEK: Press to advance to the previous ( ) or next ( ) DVD chapters. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 75 In Dual Play mode, rear seat passengers can use the infrared wireless, or wired (not included) headphones to listen to a different playing media than the front seat passengers. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 76 Safety information WARNING: Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford strongly recommends that drivers use extreme caution when using any device that may take their focus off the road. The driver’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Page 77 Avoid touching auxiliary input jacks with your fingers. Do not blow on them or allow them to get wet or dirty. Do not clean any part of the DVD player with benzene, paint thinner, or any other solvent. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Entertainment Systems...
  • Page 78 Entertainment Systems Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Compliance Changes or modifications not approved by Ford Lincoln-Mercury could void user’s authority to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
  • Page 79: Navigation System

    Compatibility with aftermarket audio systems (headphone only mode) When the Family Entertainment System (FES) detects that the original radio supplied by Ford Motor Company has been removed from the vehicle, the FES will work in a state referred to as “Headphone Only Mode.”...
  • Page 80: Climate Controls

    • Remove any snow, ice or leaves from the air intake area at the base of the windshield. To aid in side window defogging/demisting in cold weather: 1. Select 2. Adjust the temperature control to maintain comfort. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) position.
  • Page 81: Manual Heating And Air Conditioning

    • Manual heating and air conditioning system with heated mirrors and heated seats 1. Fan speed adjustment: Controls the volume of air circulated in the vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Climate Controls...
  • Page 82 The heated mirrors turn off automatically after 10 minutes. (Heated seats): Press to turn the heated seats on and off. The heated seats turn off when the ignition is turned off. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 83 2. Select A/C. 3. Set the temperature control to maintain comfort. 4. Set the fan speed to highest setting. 5. Direct the outer instrument panel vents towards the side windows. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Climate Controls...
  • Page 84: Dual Automatic Temperature Control

    Climate Controls DUAL AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL (DATC) SYSTEMS (IF EQUIPPED) • DATC • DATC with heated mirrors 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 85 The heated mirrors will turn off after 10 minutes or can be turned off by pressing the button again. Refer to Power mirrors in the Driver Controls chapter for more information. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 86 Heated seat controls: Press to turn the heated seats on and off. The heated seats turn off when the ignition is turned off. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) (defrost).
  • Page 87 2. Select A/C and (recirculated air). Use A/C to provide colder airflow. 3. Set the temperature to 60°F (16°C). 4. Set highest fan speed initially, then adjust to maintain comfort. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Climate Controls position.
  • Page 88 5. Direct the outer instrument panel vents towards the side windows. To increase airflow to the outer instrument panel vents, close the vents located in the middle of the instrument panel. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 89: Lights

    Pull headlamp control towards you to turn fog lamps on. The fog lamp indicator light will illuminate. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Lights...
  • Page 90 High beams Push the lever toward the instrument panel to activate. Pull the lever towards you to deactivate. Flash to pass Pull toward you slightly to activate and release to deactivate. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 91: Headlamps

    You can also aim the headlamps visually using the procedure below. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 92 (4). If the top edge of the high intensity area is not even with the horizontal line, follow the next step to adjust 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 93 1. Park the vehicle directly in front of a wall or screen on a level surface, approximately 25 feet (7.6 meters) away. • (1) 8 feet (2.4 meters) • (2) Center height of lamp to ground • (3) 25 feet (7.6 meters) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 94: Turn Signal Control

    7. Close the hood and turn off the lamps. TURN SIGNAL CONTROL • Push down to activate the left turn signal. • Push up to activate the right turn signal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 95: Bulb Replacement

    • Large water droplets, drip marks or streaks present on the interior of the lens Take your vehicle to dealer for service if any of the above conditions of unacceptable moisture are present. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Lights...
  • Page 96 Rear identification All replacement bulbs are clear in color except where noted. To replace all instrument panel lights - see your authorized dealer * Dual rear wheels, or if equipped. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Number...
  • Page 97 The oil from your hand could cause the bulb to break the next time the headlamps are operated. Install the new bulb(s) in reverse order. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 98 5. Pull the old bulb out from the socket. Install the new bulb(s) in reverse order. Replacing headlamp bulbs (sealed beam) 1. Make sure that the headlamps are off and open the hood. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 99 1. Make sure that the headlamps are off and open the hood. 2. Remove the three screws and one bolt from the top and bottom of the park lamp/bezel assembly. 3. Pull the assembly straight out disengaging snap clip. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 100 1. Make sure the headlamps are off. 2. Remove the four screws and the lamp lens from lamp assembly. 3. Carefully pull the bulb straight out of the socket and push in the new bulb. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 101 1. Make sure the headlamps are off. 2. Remove the bulb socket from the fog lamp by turning counterclockwise. 3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the fog lamp bulb. Install the new bulb(s) in reverse order. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 102 3. Pull out the old bulb from the socket and push in the new bulb. 4. Install the bulb socket in lamp assembly by turning it clockwise. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 103: Driver Controls

    When the windshield wipers are turned on during daylight, and the headlamp control is in the autolamp position, the exterior lamps will turn on after a brief delay and will remain on until the wipers are turned off. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 104: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    WARNING: Do not use the Tow/Haul feature when driving in icy or slippery conditions as the increased engine braking can cause the rear wheels to slide and the vehicle to swing around with the possible loss of vehicle control. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 105 The front bin may be used to store small objects. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 106 Your vehicle may be equipped with a lockable compartment in the center console and a lockable storage area under the rear seats. Center console storage Use the vehicle’s ignition key to lock/unlock the compartment. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 107 On SuperCab and Crew Cab models, another power point is located on the rear of the center console (if equipped). Do not use the power point for operating the cigarette lighter element (if equipped). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 108: Power Windows

    WARNING: When closing the power windows, you should verify they are free of obstructions and ensure that children and/or pets are not in the proximity of the window openings. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 109 To lock out all the window controls (except for the driver’s) press the right side of the control. Press the left side to restore the window controls. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls...
  • Page 110 (high reflective) state to the non-glare (darkened) state when bright lights (glare) reach the mirror. When the mirror detects bright light from behind the vehicle, it will automatically adjust (darken) to minimize glare. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 111: Mirrors

    2. Move the control in the direction you wish to tilt the mirror. 3. Return to the center position to lock mirrors in place. The spotter mirror below the main glass (if equipped) must be adjusted manually. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 112 2. Momentarily pull the switch rearward to auto fold in. 3. Momentarily pull the switch rearward again to fold back to design position. Note: When powerfolding the mirrors, it is normal to hear the sound of the motors. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 113 If the power fold mirrors are out of sync, electronically powerfold the mirrors to re-sync the motors. This will cause a loud click and the mirrors will jerk during re-synchronization. This is normal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 114 Memory mirrors (if equipped) This system allows automatic positioning of the outside rearview mirrors. For more information on this feature, refer to Memory seats/power mirrors/adjustable pedals in the Seating and Safety Restraints chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 115 WARNING: Never adjust the accelerator and brake pedal with feet on the pedals while the vehicle is moving. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls...
  • Page 116: Speed Control

    4. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. 5. The indicator light on the instrument cluster will turn on. Note: • Vehicle speed may vary momentarily when driving up and down a steep hill. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 117 1 mph (1.6 km/h). • Use the accelerator pedal to get to the desired speed. When the vehicle reaches that speed press and release the SET + control. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls...
  • Page 118 Note: When you turn off the speed control or the ignition, your speed control set speed memory is erased. STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS (IF EQUIPPED) These controls allow you to operate some radio and climate control features. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 119 CD or press and hold to forward or reverse the CD. In any mode: • Press VOL + or − to adjust volume. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls...
  • Page 120 Navigation display to use the voice command feature. Press to activate phone mode or answer a phone call. Press and hold to exit phone mode or end call. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) to end call or exit phone mode.
  • Page 121: Upfitter Controls

    If your vehicle is equipped with this option, there will also be a relay box located on the driver side end of the instrument panel. See your authorized dealer for service. The relays are coded as shown in the accompanying illustration. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls RELAY...
  • Page 122: Moon Roof

    “comfort” position first before opening all the way. The “comfort” position helps to alleviate rumbling wind noise which may happen in the vehicle with the roof fully opened. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Wire color Fuse...
  • Page 123 WARNING: When programming your HomeLink Wireless Control System to a garage door or gate, be sure that people and objects are out of the way to prevent potential injury or damage. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls control.
  • Page 124 3. Firmly press and hold for five seconds and release the programmed HomeLink button up to two separate times to activate the door. If the door does not activate, press and hold the just-trained HomeLink button and observe the indicator light. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 125 Programming section, replace Step 2 with the following: Note: If programming a garage door opener or gate operator, it is advised to unplug the device during the “cycling” process to prevent overheating. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 126 Reprogramming a single HomeLink button To program a device to HomeLink using a HomeLink button previously trained, follow these steps: 1. Press and hold the desired HomeLink button. Do NOT release the button. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 127: Message Center

    This menu displays the following items: • Odometer/Trip Odometer (Trip A and Trip B) • Engine hour meter (if equipped) • Distance to Empty • Average Fuel Economy • Setup Menu • System check • Blank 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 128 • Rounding of the displayed values to the nearest 0.1 gallon (liter) 1. Drive the vehicle at least 5 miles (8 km) with the speed control system engaged to display a stabilized average. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 129 To reset the oil monitoring system to 100% after each oil change (approximately 7,500 miles [12,000 km] or six months) perform the following: 1. Press and release the SELECT/RESET button to display “OIL LIFE XXX% HOLD RESET = NEW”. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 130 Selecting this function from the INFO MENU causes the message center to cycle through each of the systems being monitored. For each of the monitored systems, the message center will indicate either an OK 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 131 Oil life is set to 100% and “OIL LIFE SET TO 100%” is displayed. Note: To change oil life 100% miles value from 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or six months to another value, proceed to Step 3. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 132 Trailer brake module fault (if equipped) Trailer disconnected (if equipped) Brake fluid level low 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Status Warning returns after 10 minutes if condition still exists. Warning returns after the ignition key...
  • Page 133 PARK BRAKE ENGAGED — Displayed when the parking brake is applied (or not fully released). CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM — Displayed when a fault has been detected by the ABS module. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls Status the RESET button.
  • Page 134 Understanding Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in the Tires, Wheels and Loading chapter. If the warning stays on or continues to come on, contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 135 OK TO DRIVE (Diesel engine only) — Displayed when the time counter has reached 0 (zero) and the engine is sufficiently warm enough to drive in extremely cold weather (refer to the ENGINE WARMING description mentioned previously). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 136 OIL CHANGE REQUIRED (Gas engine only) — Displayed when the oil life left reaches 0%, the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message will be displayed. OIL LIFE OK displays after you have changed the oil. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 137 Panel dimmer control in the Lights chapter. Selectable features Reset Press this button to select and reset functions shown in the INFO menu and SETUP menu. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls RESET SETUP...
  • Page 138 500 miles (800 km). This value is not the same as the average fuel economy display. The running average fuel economy is reinitialized to a factory default value if the battery is disconnected. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) RESET...
  • Page 139 1. Press and release RESET in order to start the timer. 2. Press and release RESET to pause the timer. 3. Press and hold RESET for two seconds in order to reset the timer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 140 The sequence of the system check report and how it appears in the message center is as follows: 1. OIL LIFE (Gas engine only) 2. ENGINE HOURS 3. ENGINE IDLE HOURS (Diesel engine only) 4. CHARGING SYSTEM 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) RESET SETUP INFO...
  • Page 141 3. Once “OIL LIFE SET TO XXX%” is displayed, release and press the RESET control switch to change the Oil Life Start Value. Each release and press will reduce the value by 10%. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 142 If the compass still appears to be inaccurate, a manual calibration may be necessary. Refer to Compass zone/calibration adjustment. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 143 For optimum calibration, turn off all electrical accessories (heater/air conditioning, wipers, etc.) and make sure all vehicle doors are shut. 7. Press the RESET button to start the compass calibration function. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls 7 8 9 1011...
  • Page 144 Warning messages that have been reset are divided into two categories: • They will reappear on the display 10 minutes from the reset. • They will not reappear until an ignition off-on cycle has been completed. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 145 Brake fluid level low Low tire pressure (if equipped) Warning can be cleared by pressing Tire monitor fault (if equipped) Tire sensor fault (if equipped) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls Status Warning returns after 10 minutes if condition still exists.
  • Page 146 PASSENGER DOOR AJAR — Displayed when the passenger’s door is not completely closed. REAR LEFT DOOR AJAR — Displayed when the rear left door is not completely closed. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Status...
  • Page 147 CHECK AIR FILTER (Diesel engine only) — Refer to Instrument Cluster in your 6.0 and 6.4 Liter Power Stroke Direct Injection Turbo Diesel Owner’s Guide Supplement. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 148 OK TO DRIVE (Diesel engine only) — Displayed when the time counter has reached 0 (zero) and the engine is sufficiently warm enough to drive in extremely cold weather (refer to the ENGINE WARMING description mentioned previously). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 149 OIL CHANGE REQUIRED (Gas engine only) — Displayed when the oil life left reaches 0%, the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message will be displayed. OIL LIFE OK displays after you have changed the oil. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 150 3. Partially lower tailgate and carefully feed tailgate harness up through the gap between the pickup box and the bumper. Place the tailgate harness out of the way under the pickup box. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 151 Note: To reduce risk of falling: • Operate step only when the vehicle is on level surface. • Operate step only in areas with sufficient lighting • Always open flip panel to widen step. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driver Controls...
  • Page 152 Your vehicle may be equipped with a cargo management feature in the truck bed. Note: This feature is not intended for off-road usage. To open the bed extender into tailgate mode: 1. Pull the locking pin toward the center of the vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 153 3. Rotate the panels toward the tailgate. Repeat Steps 1–3 for the other side of the bed extender. 4. Connect the two panels, then rotate both knobs a quarter-turn clockwise to secure the panels. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 154 Note: When the vehicle is in motion, the tailgate load must not exceed 150 lbs. (68 kg). To open the bed extender into grocery mode, follow Steps 1–4 by rotating the panels away from the tailgate. Close the tailgate. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 155: Locks And Security

    7 • 8 and the 9 • 0 controls on the remote entry keypad (if equipped), or using the button on the remote entry transmitter (if equipped). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 156 3. Turn the ignition from the on position to the off position. 4. Press the power door unlock control on the door panel three times. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 157 Deactivating/activating autounlock feature There are three methods to enable/disable this feature: • Through your authorized dealer, • by using a power door unlock/lock sequence, 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Locks and Security...
  • Page 158 5. Release the 3 • 4. The user should receive a horn chirp to indicate the system has been disabled or a chirp followed by a honk to indicate the system has been enabled. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 159 33 feet (10 meters). A decrease in operating range could be caused by: • weather conditions, • nearby radio towers, • structures around the vehicle, or • other vehicles parked next to your vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Locks and Security...
  • Page 160 Repeat the procedure to switch back to two-step unlocking. Locking the doors 1. Press and release to lock all the doors. The parking lamps will flash if all the doors are closed and locked. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) and release...
  • Page 161 3. Within three seconds press button on the keyfob. The keyfob unlock will now recall the memory position. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 162 5. Snap the two halves back together. Note: Replacement of the battery will not cause the remote transmitter to become deprogrammed from your vehicle. The remote transmitter should operate normally after battery replacement. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 163 Note: After 20 seconds, you will automatically exit the programming mode. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that the programming mode has been exited. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 164 5. Turn the ignition back to the on position. The horn will chirp one time to confirm programming mode has been entered and is active. 6. Press the power door unlock control twice within 5 seconds. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 165 You can also create your own 5–digit personal entry code. When pressing the controls on the keypad, press the middle of the controls to ensure a good activation. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 166 If an incorrect code has been entered seven times (35 consecutive button presses), the keypad will go into an anti-scan mode. This mode disables the keypad for one minute and the keypad lamp will flash during this time. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 167: Anti-Theft System

    Note: The SecuriLock™ passive anti-theft system is not compatible with non-Ford aftermarket remote start systems. Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and a loss of security protection. Note: Large metallic objects, electronic devices that are used to purchase gasoline or similar items, or a second coded key on the same key chain may cause vehicle starting issues.
  • Page 168 Replacing coded keys can be very costly. Store an extra programmed key away from the vehicle in a safe place to help prevent any inconveniences. Please visit an authorized dealer to purchase additional spare or replacement keys. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 169 6. To program additional new unprogrammed key(s), repeat Steps 1 through 5. If successful, the new coded key(s) will start the vehicle’s engine and the theft indicator will illuminate for three seconds and then go out. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 170 Triggering the anti-theft system The armed system will be triggered if any door or hood is opened without using the key or the remote entry transmitter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) control on your remote entry...
  • Page 171: Seating And Safety Restraints

    Properly adjust the seatback to an upright driving/riding position, so that the head restraint is positioned as close as possible to the back of your head. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 172 • Pull the handle on the side of the seat up to recline the seat. • Push down the lever located at the bottom of the seatback to quickly fold the seatback forward. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 173 To gain access to the storage compartment in your armrest, lift the latch to open the lid. The lid cannot be opened in the upright position. Lift up armrest to return it to a center seatback. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 174 WARNING: Reclining the seatback can cause an occupant to slide under the seat’s safety belt, resulting in severe personal injuries in the event of a collision. The control is located on the outboard side of the seat cushion. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 175 Using the manual lumbar support The lumbar support control is located on the outboard side of the seat Turn the lumbar support clockwise for more support. Turn the lumbar support counterclockwise for less support. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 176 2. Move all the memory features to the desired positions. 3. Press and hold one of the memory buttons for approximately two seconds. 4. A tone will be heard when the memory save is complete. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) again to deactivate.
  • Page 177 The head restraints can be moved up and down. Lift the head restraint so that it is located directly or as close as possible behind your head. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 178 Note: The Crew Cab rear 60/40 split bench seatback is not intended to support a cargo load in the forward-folded position. To fold the seatback down, pull down the latch lever located on the bottom seatback to fold the seatback forward. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 179 An unlatched seat may become dangerous in the event of a sudden stop or collision. To gain access to the cupholders and tray, pull down on the armrest. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 180: Safety Restraints

    Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly. WARNING: In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing a safety belt. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 181 (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue is securely fastened in the buckle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 182 (if equipped). Children 12 years old and under should be properly restrained in the rear seat whenever possible. Refer to Safety restraints for children or Safety seats for children later in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 183 “automatic locking retractor” feature for child seats is still functioning properly. In addition, all safety belts should be checked for proper function. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 184 Front safety belt height adjustment The front outboard seating positions are equipped with safety belt height adjusters. Adjust the height of the shoulder belt so the belt rests across the middle of your shoulder. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 185 3. Provide enough lap belt length so that the tongue can reach the buckle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 186 WARNING: The lap belt should fit snugly and as low as possible around the hips, not across the waist. • 1st row center seating position on SuperCab and Crew Cab The lap belt does not adjust automatically. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 187 Safety belt warning light and indicator chime The safety belt warning light illuminates in the instrument cluster and a chime sounds to remind the occupants to fasten their safety belts. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 188 The driver’s safety belt is buckled before the ignition switch is turned to the on position... 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Then... The safety belt warning light...
  • Page 189 “Safety belts don’t work” “Traffic is light” “Belts wrinkle my clothes” “The people I’m with don’t wear belts” 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Consider... 36700 crashes occur every day. The more we drive, the more we are exposed to “rare”...
  • Page 190 • all vehicle doors are closed • the driver’s safety belt is unbuckled • the parklamps/headlamps are in the off position (If the vehicle is equipped with Autolamps, this will not affect the procedure) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Consider...
  • Page 191 If the safety belt is too short when fully extended, there is an 8 inch (20 cm) safety belt extension assembly that can be added (part number 611C22). This assembly can be obtained from an authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 192: Airbags

    WARNING: All occupants of the vehicle, including the driver, should always properly wear their safety belts, even when an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) is provided. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 193 WARNING: Additional equipment such as snowplow equipment may effect the performance of the airbag sensors increasing the risk of injury. Please refer to the Body Builders Layout Book for instructions about the appropriate installation of additional equipment. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 194 WARNING: Front seating positions only: If seating two adults and a child, Ford recommends properly restraining the child in the center front seating position, but only if doing so will not interfere with driving the vehicle. This arrangement provides lap and shoulder belt and airbag protection for adult occupants and an attachment method for a child restraint.
  • Page 195 Thus, it is extremely important that occupants be properly restrained as far away from the airbag module as possible while maintaining vehicle control. WARNING: Several air bag system components get hot after inflation. Do not touch them after inflation. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 196 (front, side, side curtain or Safety Canopy ) or the safety belt pretensioners. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 197 2. When the ignition is turned to the ON position the OFF light illuminates briefly, momentarily shuts off and then turns back on. This indicates that the passenger airbag is deactivated. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 198 The passenger side airbag should always be ON (the airbag OFF light should not be illuminated) unless the passenger is a person who meets the requirements stated either in Category 1, 2 or 3 of the NHTSA/Transport Canada deactivation criteria which follows. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 199 Owner’s Guide. NHTSA deactivation criteria (excluding Canada) 1. Infant. An infant (less than 1 year old) must ride in the front seat because: • the vehicle has no rear seat; 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 200 ON for any person who does not qualify under the NHTSA deactivation criteria. Transport Canada deactivation criteria (Canada Only) 1. Infant: An infant (less than 1 year old) must ride in the front seat because: 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 201: Child Restraints

    See the following sections for directions on how to properly use safety restraints for children. Also see Airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) in this chapter for special instructions about using airbags. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 202 Recommendations for Safety Restraints are based on probable child height, age and weight thresholds from NHTSA and other safety organizations or are the minimum requirements of law. Ford recommends checking with a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and your pediatrician to make sure your child seat is appropriate for your child, and is compatible with and properly installed in the vehicle.
  • Page 203 Accident statistics suggest that children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in a front seating position. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 204 A safety seat that is improperly installed or utilized, is inappropriate for your child’s height, age, or weight or does not properly fit the child may increase the risk of serious injury or death. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) below by “X”...
  • Page 205 Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides education and training to ensure that all children ages 0 to 16 are properly restrained in the correct restraint system. Ford recommends checking with a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and your pediatrician to make sure your seat is appropriate for your child and properly installed in the vehicle.
  • Page 206 Children 12 and under should be properly restrained in a rear seating position whenever possible. If all children cannot be seated and restrained properly in a rear seating position, properly restrain the largest child in the front seat. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 207 WARNING: An airbag can kill or injure a child in a child seat. Child seats should NEVER be placed in the front seats, unless the passenger airbag switch is turned off, See Passenger airbag on/off switch. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 208 (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 209 It also helps to achieve the proper snugness of the child seat to the vehicle. Sometimes, a slight lean towards the buckle will additionally help to remove remaining slack from the belt. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 210 There should be no more than one inch (2.5 cm) of movement for proper installation. 11. Ford recommends checking with a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to make certain the child restraint is properly installed.
  • Page 211 Be sure that the belt webbing is not twisted. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 212 6. Attach the tether strap (if the child seat is equipped). Refer to Attaching child safety seats with tether straps later in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 213 There should be no more than one inch (2.5 cm) of movement for proper installation. 8. Ford recommends checking with a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to make certain the child restraint is properly installed. Installing child safety seats in the front row lap belt seating...
  • Page 214 There should be no more than one inch (2.5 cm) of movement for proper installation. 7. Ford recommends checking with a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to make certain the child restraint is properly installed.
  • Page 215 The tether strap may not work properly if attached somewhere other than the correct tether anchor. Once the child safety seat has been installed using the safety belt, you can attach the top tether strap. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 216 4. Remove tether cover. 5. Clip the tether strap to the anchor as shown. • Front seats (Regular Cab) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 217 These straps may be secured below the back of the seat with rubber bands. To access, reach below the back of the seat and pull tether loop out of the rubber band securing it. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 218 For example, the center loop can be used as a routing loop for a child safety seat in the center rear seat and as an anchoring loop for child seats installed in the outboard rear seats. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 219 To improve the fit of both the lap and shoulder belt on children who have outgrown child safety seats, Ford Motor Company recommends use of a belt-positioning booster. Booster seats position a child so that vehicle lap/shoulder safety belts fit better.
  • Page 220 • Does the lap belt rest low across the hips? • Is the shoulder belt centered on the shoulder and chest? • Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip? 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 221 • High back booster seats If, with a backless booster seat, you cannot find a seating position that adequately supports your child’s head, a high back booster seat would be a better choice. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 222 It is generally best to use a booster seat with lap/shoulder belts in the back seat. Move a child to a different seating location if the shoulder belt does not stay positioned on the shoulder during use. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 223 Refer to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions for additional inspection and maintenance information specific to the child restraint. Ford Motor Company recommends that all safety belt assemblies in use in vehicles involved in a collision be replaced.
  • Page 224: Tires, Wheels And Loading

    A vehicle equipped with AWD or 4WD (when selected) has the ability to use all four wheels to power itself. This increases traction which may enable you to safely drive over terrain and road conditions that a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle cannot. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 225 All other things held equal, a shorter wheelbase may make your vehicle quicker to respond to steering inputs than a vehicle with a longer wheelbase. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 226: Tire Information

    Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 575.104(c)(2). U.S. Department of Transportation-Tire quality grades: The U.S. Department of Transportation requires Ford Motor Company to give you the following information about tire grades exactly as the government has written it.
  • Page 227 Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 228 • Tread area of the tire: Area of the perimeter of the tire that contacts the road when mounted on the vehicle. • Rim: The metal support (wheel) for a tire or a tire and tube assembly upon which the tire beads are seated. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 229: Tire Inflation

    Ford Motor Company. You are strongly urged to buy a reliable tire pressure gauge, as automatic service station gauges may be inaccurate. Ford recommends the use of a digital or dial-type tire pressure gauge rather than a stick-type tire pressure gauge.
  • Page 230 6. Visually inspect the tires to make sure there are no nails or other objects embedded that could poke a hole in the tire and cause an air leak. 7. Check the sidewalls to make sure there are no gouges, cuts or bulges. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 231 Do not attempt to add air to tires or replace tires or wheels without first taking precautions to protect persons and property. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 232 For your safety, tires that are damaged or show signs of excessive wear should not be used because they are more likely to blow out or fail. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 233 You should replace your spare tire when you replace the road tires or after six years due to aging even if it has not been used. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 234 (such as P-metric versus LT-metric or all-season versus all-terrain) as those originally provided by Ford. The recommended tire and wheel size may be found on either the Safety Compliance Certification Label or the Tire Label which is located on the B-Pillar or edge of the driver’s door.
  • Page 235 4. Use both eye and ear protection. For a mounting pressure more than 20 psi greater than the maximum pressure, a Ford Dealer or other tire service professional should do the mounting. Always inflate steel carcass tires with a remote air fill with the person inflating standing at a minimum of 12 ft.
  • Page 236 Rotating your tires at the recommended interval (as indicated in the scheduled maintenance information that comes with your vehicle) will help your tires wear more evenly, providing better tire performance and longer tire life. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 237 If the system is not reset, it may not provide a low tire pressure warning when necessary. See the TPMS reset procedure in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 238 This information identifies and describes the fundamental characteristics of the tire and also provides a U.S. DOT Tire Identification Number for safety standard certification and in case of a recall. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 239 These speed ratings may need to be adjusted for the difference in conditions. The ratings range from 81 mph (130 km/h) to 186 mph (299 km/h). These ratings are listed in the following chart. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 240 Refer to the Safety Compliance Certification Label, which is located on the B-Pillar or the edge of the driver’s door, for the correct tire pressure for your vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 241 The cold inflation pressure should never be set lower than the recommended pressure on the vehicle label. The tire suppliers may have additional markings, notes or warnings such as standard load, radial tubeless, etc. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading ⁄...
  • Page 242 4. Maximum Load Single lb. (kg) at psi (kPa) cold: Indicates the maximum load and tire pressure when the tire is used as a single; defined as two tires (total) on the rear axle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 243 B-Pillar or the edge of the driver’s door. Refer to the payload description and graphic in the Vehicle loading — with and without a trailer section. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 244: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Tpms)

    TPMS from functioning properly. Always check the TPMS malfunction indicator after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 245 The tire pressure should be checked periodically (at least monthly) using an accurate tire gauge, refer to Inflating your tires in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 246 It can also warn you in the event the system is no longer capable of functioning as intended. Please refer to the following chart for information concerning your Tire Pressure Monitoring System: 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 247 Spare tire in TPMS malfunction Tire rotation without sensor training 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading Customer Action Required 1. Check your tire pressure to ensure tires are properly inflated; refer to Inflating your tires in this chapter.
  • Page 248 Inflate all the tires to the recommended inflation pressure. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Customer Action Required Your temporary spare tire is in use.
  • Page 249 A special TPMS reset tool to reset your TPMS after tire rotation is provided with vehicles that have different front and rear tire pressures. The tool is located with your Owner’s Guide materials. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 250 To verify that your TPMS reset tool is working, press and release the button on the center of the TPMS tool. The red light should illuminate 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 251 • To reduce the chances of interference from another vehicle, TPMS reset should be performed at least three feet (one meter) away from another Ford Motor Company vehicle undergoing the TPMS reset procedure at the same time. • Do not wait more than two (2) minutes between resetting each tire sensor or the system will timeout and the entire procedure will have to be repeated on all four wheels.
  • Page 252 If after repeated attempts to enter the reset mode, the horn does not sound, the TPMS indicator does not flash and the message center does not display TRAIN LEFT FRONT TIRE, seek service from your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 253 -turn and repeat the procedure starting with Step 1. • If a double horn chirp is heard even after the wheels were repositioned, seek service from your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 254 SNOW TIRES AND CHAINS WARNING: Snow tires must be the same size, load index, speed rating as those originally provided by Ford. Use of any tire or wheel not recommended by Ford can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, which could result in an increased risk of loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover, personal injury and death.
  • Page 255: Vehicle Loading

    It does not include passengers, cargo, or optional equipment. Vehicle Curb Weight – is the weight of your new vehicle when you picked it up from your authorized dealer plus any aftermarket equipment. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 256 Once you have reached the maximum payload of your vehicle, do not add more cargo, even if there is space available. Overloading or improperly loading your vehicle can contribute to loss of vehicle control and vehicle rollover. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 257 GAW (Gross Axle Weight) – is the total weight placed on each axle (front and rear) – including vehicle curb weight and all payload. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 258 The GVWR is shown on the Safety Compliance Certification Label located on the B-Pillar or the edge of the driver’s door. The GVW must never exceed the GVWR. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 259 0.15 and 0.25 to obtain a proper king pin load range of 1,725 to 2,875 lb. (782 to 1,304 kg) WARNING: Do not exceed the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 260 In metric units, the calculation would be: 635 kg - (5 x 99 kg) - (5 x 13.5 kg) = 635 - 495 - 67.5 = 72.5 kg. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 261: Trailer Towing

    Note: The trailer towing charts in this section apply to vehicles equipped with gasoline engines; for vehicles equipped with diesel engines, refer to your Power Stroke Direct Injection Turbo Diesel Owner’s Guide Supplement. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 262 GCWR, GVWR, GAWR or tire ratings could result in engine damage, transmission damage, structural damage, loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover and personal injury. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 263 Use the proper equipment for towing a trailer and make sure it is properly attached to your vehicle. Contact your authorized dealer or a reliable trailer dealer as soon as possible if you require assistance. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 264 (requires 2” Weight drawbar) distributing All SRW Pickups and Weight 5.4L DRW Pickups carrying 2” receiver Weight distributing 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Maximum Maximum Gross Trailer Tongue Weight — lb. Weight — lb. (kg) (kg)
  • Page 265 Electric brakes and manual, automatic or surge-type trailer brakes are safe if installed properly and adjusted to the manufacturer’s specifications. The trailer brakes must meet local and Federal regulations. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading ⁄...
  • Page 266: Trailer Brake Controller-Integrated

    WARNING: The Ford TBC has only been verified to be compatible with trailers having electric-actuated drum brakes (one to four axles) and not hydraulic surge or electric-over-hydraulic types.
  • Page 267 The GAIN should be set to provide the maximum trailer braking assistance while ensuring the trailer wheels do not lock when braking. Locked trailer wheels may lead to trailer instability. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 268 This can be a short to ground (i.e., chaffed wire) or a short to voltage (i.e., pulled pin on trailer emergency break-away battery) or trailer brakes drawing too much current. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 269 Reactivation of the ignition from OFF to ON will awaken the TBC module. • The TBC is only a factory or dealer installed item. Ford is not responsible for warranty or performance of the TBC due to misuse or customer installation.
  • Page 270 • When towing, operate the vehicle at lower speeds than you would when not towing a trailer. The likelihood of trailer sway is greater at higher speeds. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 271 • Sharp steering movements may cause the trailer to jackknife or go out of control. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Tires, Wheels and Loading...
  • Page 272: Recreational Towing

    Note: Put your climate control system in recirculated air mode to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle. Refer to the Climate controls chapter for more information. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 273 Always make sure that both hub locks are set to the same position. In case of a roadside emergency with a disabled vehicle, see Wrecker towing in the Roadside Emergencies chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 274: Driving

    WARNING: Do not start your vehicle in a closed garage or in other enclosed areas. Exhaust fumes can be toxic. Always open the garage door before you start the engine. See Guarding against exhaust fumes in this chapter for more instructions. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 275 2. Make sure the headlamps and electrical accessories are off. If starting a vehicle with an automatic transmission: 1. Make sure the parking brake is set. 2. Make sure the gearshift is in P (Park). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 276 4 (start) position, the engine may continue cranking for up to 10 seconds or until the vehicle starts. Note: Cranking may be stopped at any time by turning the key to the off position. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 277 WARNING: Failure to follow engine block heater instructions could result in property damage or physical harm. WARNING: To reduce the risk of electrical shock, do not use your heater with ungrounded electrical systems or two-pronged (cheater) adapters. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 278 • Finally, have the engine block heater system checked during your fall tune-up to be sure it’s in good working order. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 279: Brakes

    In addition, the ABS performs a self-check after you start the engine and begin to drive away. A brief mechanical noise may be heard during this test. This is normal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 280 To set the parking brake, press the parking brake pedal down until the pedal stops. The BRAKE warning lamp in the instrument cluster illuminates and remains illuminated until the parking brake is released. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) BRAKE BRAKE...
  • Page 281: Traction Control

    “rev-up” when you push further on the accelerator. This is normal system behavior and should be no reason for concern. Also, if traction control is on when the vehicle is put 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 282 • Heavy or uneven efforts may be caused by low power steering fluid. Check for low power steering pump fluid level before seeking service by your dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 283 Utility vehicles and trucks have larger tires and increased ground clearance, giving the vehicle a higher center of gravity than a passenger car. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 284: Transmission Operation

    1. Apply the parking brake. Turn the ignition key to 1 (off), then remove the key. Locate the access cover plate for the brake-shift interlock override. It is located on top of the steering column shroud. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 285 WARNING: If the parking brake is fully released, but the brake warning lamp remains illuminated, the brakes may not be working properly. See your authorized dealer as soon as possible. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 286 Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of R (Reverse). N (Neutral) With the gearshift lever in N (Neutral), the vehicle can be started and is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down while in this position. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 287 3 (Third) Transmission starts and operates in third gear only. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 288 MANUAL TRANSMISSION OPERATION (IF EQUIPPED) Using the clutch Manual transmission vehicles have a starter interlock that prevents cranking the engine unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 289 LO-1 5 mph (8 km/h) 14 mph (23 km/h) 22 mph (35 km/h) 30 mph (48 km/h) 40 mph (64 km/h) (Overdrive) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving economy) (if equipped) 2H or 4H 2 mph (3 km/h)
  • Page 290 3. Turn the ignition off. WARNING: Do not park your vehicle in Neutral, it may move unexpectedly and injure someone. Use 1 (First) gear and set the parking brake fully. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) 2H or 4H...
  • Page 291: Reverse Sensing System

    WARNING: Certain add-on devices such as large trailer hitches, bike or surfboard racks and any device that may block the normal detection zone of the RSS system may create false beeps. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 292 Keep the RSS sensors (located on the rear bumper/fascia) free from snow, ice and large accumulations of dirt (do not clean the sensors with sharp objects). If the sensors are covered, it will affect the accuracy of the RSS. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 293: Reverse Camera

    • (1) Rear bumper • (2) Red zone • (3) Yellow zone • (4) Green zone • (5) Centerline of vehicle Always use caution while backing. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 294 WARNING: Backup as slow as possible since higher speeds might limit your reaction time to stop the vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 295 4WD operation is not recommended on dry pavement. Doing so could result in difficult disengagement of the transfer case, increased tire wear and decreased fuel economy. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 296 • provides 4x4 High engagement and disengagement while the vehicle is moving. • is operated by a rotary control located on the instrument panel that allows you select 2WD, 4x4 High or 4x4 Low operation. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 297 Note: Some noise may be heard as the 4x4 system shifts or engages. This is normal. In order to reduce engagement noise, it is recommended that all shifts be performed at speeds below 5 mph (8 km/h). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 298 LOCK. • Do not shift into 4H (4x4 High) with the rear wheels slipping. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 299 4H (4x4 High) or 2H (2WD), perform a shift with the transmission in N (Neutral) (or clutch pedal depressed) and the vehicle rolling at a speed below 5 mph (8 km/h). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 300 Sends power to front and rear wheels. This mode is not intended for use on dry pavement. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 301 1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop. 2. Place the gearshift in N (Neutral). If the vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, also depress the clutch pedal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 302 In either case, if the air dam is to be removed (or replaced) before going off-road, refer to the Workshop Manual for the procedure or have your authorized dealer perform the work for you. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 303 Remember, your safety and the safety of others should be your primary concern. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 304 Use all available road surface to return the vehicle to a safe direction of travel. • In the event of an emergency stop, avoid skidding the tires and do not attempt any sharp steering wheel movements. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 305 4WD (when you select a 4WD mode), uses all four wheels to power the vehicle. This increases traction, enabling you to drive over terrain and road conditions that a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle cannot. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 306 Once through water, always try the brakes. Wet brakes do not stop the vehicle as effectively as dry brakes. Drying can be improved by moving your vehicle slowly while applying light pressure on the brake pedal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 307 Ford Motor Company joins the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in encouraging you to help preserve our national forest and other public and private lands by “treading lightly.”...
  • Page 308 Do not become overconfident as to road conditions. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 309 Ford Motor Company recommends that caution be used with any vehicle equipped with a high load or device (such as ladder racks or pickup box cover).
  • Page 310 Ford Super Duty Vehicles are qualified for use as a stationary power source, within limits detailed in the Ford Truck Body Builders Layout Book, found at www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas, and through the Ford Truck Body Builders Advisory Service.
  • Page 311 SNOWPLOWING Ford recommends that the Super Duty F-Series used for snow removal include the Snow Plow Package Option. Installing the snowplow Weight limits and guidelines for selecting and installing the snowplow can be found in the Ford Truck Body Builders Layout Book, Snowplow section, found at www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas.
  • Page 312 WARNING: Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) or its fuses. See your Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 313 Refer to Transmission temperature gauge in the Instrument Cluster chapter for transmission fluid temperature information. WARNING: Do not spin the wheels at over 35 mph (55 km/h). The tires may fail and injure a passenger or bystander. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Driving...
  • Page 314: Roadside Emergencies

    Roadside Emergencies ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE Getting roadside assistance To fully assist you should you have a vehicle concern, Ford Motor Company offers a complimentary roadside assistance program. This program is separate from the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The service is available: •...
  • Page 315: Hazard Flasher Control

    Assistance, call 1-800-241-3673. Canadian customers who require roadside assistance, call 1-800-665-2006. If you need to arrange roadside assistance for yourself, Ford Motor Company will reimburse a reasonable amount for towing to the nearest dealership within 35 miles. To obtain reimbursement information, U.S.
  • Page 316: Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch

    3. If no leaks are apparent, reset the switch by pushing in on the reset button. 4. Turn the ignition on. 5. Wait a few seconds and return the key to off. 6. Make another check for leaks. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 317: Fuses And Relays

    Yellow Yellow Natural Natural Green Green — — — — — — — — — — 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies COLOR Cartridge Maxi Fuse link maxi fuses cartridge fuses — — — —...
  • Page 318 Always replace the cover to the passenger compartment fuse panel before reconnecting the battery. If the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, refer to the Battery section of the Maintenance and Specifications chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 319 The fuses are coded as follows. Fuse/Relay Fuse Amp Location Rating 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies Protected Circuits Not used (spare) Not used (spare) Family Entertainment System (FES) Not used (spare) Keypad illumination, Brake-Shift...
  • Page 320 Roadside Emergencies Fuse/Relay Fuse Amp Location Rating 7.5A 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Protected Circuits Cargo lamp, Puddle lamp, Switch backlight Not used (spare) Power mirror switch, Driver power seat (Memory) Not used (spare) Upfitter relay #3 feed...
  • Page 321 Fuse/Relay Fuse Amp Location Rating 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies Protected Circuits Not used (spare) Not used (spare) Not used (spare) Restraints Control Module (RCM), Passenger Airbag Deactivation Indicator Trailer tow brake controller, Trailer tow battery charge relay...
  • Page 322 Power Distribution Box before reconnecting the battery or refilling fluid reservoirs. If the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, refer to the Battery section of the Maintenance and Specifications chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Protected Circuits...
  • Page 323 20A* 15A** 5A** — — Relay Relay Relay Relay Relay Relay 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies Protected Circuits Blower motor/Variable blower control (Dual Zone Climate Control) Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly (ESOF) Lo-Hi Heater mirror Not used...
  • Page 324 20A** 25A** 5A** 10A** 10A** — 50A* 30A* 20A* 30A* 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Protected Circuits Stop lamps, Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL), TBC, Customer access Heater mirror, Heated spotted mirror Blower motor relay Not used...
  • Page 325 Relay Relay Relay Relay Diode Diode Diode 15A** 5A** — 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies Protected Circuits Power point (Center console - Rear) Trailer battery charge relay Driver power seat or Memory module Run/Start relay...
  • Page 326: Changing Tires

    • do not brake heavily. • gradually decrease the vehicle’s speed. • hold the steering wheel firmly. • slowly move to a safe place on the side of the road. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Protected Circuits...
  • Page 327 Ford. If the dissimilar spare tire or wheel is damaged, it should be replaced rather than repaired.
  • Page 328 • Comfort and noise • Ground clearance and parking at curbs • Winter weather driving capability • Wet weather driving capability • All-Wheel driving capability (if applicable) • Load leveling adjustment (if applicable) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 329 • Tow a trailer • Use snow chains on the end of the vehicle with the temporary spare tire • Use more than one temporary spare tire at a time 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies...
  • Page 330 • Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly (ESOF) 4x4: Place transfer case in 4x4 HIGH or 4x4 LOW before turning off the engine. • Manual shift transfer case 4x4: Place transfer case in 4H or 4L. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 331 To disconnect, depress button and pull apart. • one wheel nut wrench. Slide over square end of jack handle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies Location Under the vehicle, just forward of...
  • Page 332 R (Reverse) (manual transmission). To help prevent the vehicle from moving when you change the tire, be sure that the parking brake is set and the diagonally opposite wheel is blocked. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 333 The following steps apply to F–250/F–350 Single Rear Wheel (SRW) vehicles only: 5. Insert the hooked end of the jack handle into the jack and use the handle to slide the jack under the vehicle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies...
  • Page 334 • Front passenger side (4x4) Note: View shown from the rear of the vehicle to clearly identify the jack point. Place the jack directly under the axle. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 335 Do not fully tighten the lug nuts until the wheel has been lowered. 10. Lower the wheel by turning the jack handle counterclockwise. Go to step 19. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies...
  • Page 336 • Front (4x2): F–350 DRW Note: Place jack directly under I-beam. • Front driver side (4x4): F–350 Note: Make sure the jack fits onto the flat area on the outboard side of the differential housing. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 337 Note: Place the jack directly under axle and inboard of the radius arm so that the jack clears the radius arm. • Front: F–450/F–550 • Rear: F-350 DRW • Rear: F-450/F-550 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 338 18. Remove the jack and fully tighten the lug nuts in the order shown. Refer to Wheel lug nut torque specifications later in this chapter for the proper lug nut torque specification. 8–lug nut torque sequence 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 339 The retention towers are designed to be installed over the studs/nuts and retain to the flange on the lug nut. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 340 3. Use your hand or rubber mallet to tap the ornament in a star pattern. There should be an even gap between the ornament and the wheel. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 341 Try to push or pull, then turn the tire to be sure it will not move. Loosen and retighten, if necessary. Failure to properly stow the spare tire may result in failure of the winch cable and loss of the tire. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 342: Wheel Lug Nut Torque

    Bolt size M14 x 1.5 * Torque specifications are for nut and bolt threads free of dirt and rust. Use only Ford recommended replacement fasteners. On all two-piece flat wheel nuts, apply one drop of motor oil between the flat washer and the nut.
  • Page 343: Jump Starting

    3. Park the booster vehicle close to the hood of the disabled vehicle making sure the two vehicles do not touch. Set the parking brake on both vehicles and stay clear of the engine cooling fan and other moving parts. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Roadside Emergencies...
  • Page 344 Note: In the illustrations, lightning bolts are used to designate the assisting (boosting) battery. 2. Connect the other end of the positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the assisting battery. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 345 5. Ensure that the cables are clear of fan blades, belts, moving parts of both engines, or any fuel delivery system parts. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 346 1. Remove the jumper cable from the ground metal surface. Note: In the illustrations, lightning bolts are used to designate the assisting (boosting) battery. 2. Remove the jumper cable on the negative (-) connection of the booster vehicle’s battery. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 347 After the disabled vehicle has been started and the jumper cables removed, allow it to idle for several minutes so the engine computer can relearn its idle conditions. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 348: Wrecker Towing

    It is recommended that the vehicle be towed with a wheel lift or flatbed equipment. Do not tow with a slingbelt. Ford Motor Company has not approved a slingbelt towing procedure. On 4x2 vehicles, it is acceptable to tow the vehicle with the front wheels...
  • Page 349 Note: On Dual Rear Wheel (DRW) vehicles, an outer rear wheel must be removed prior to using a wheel lift wrecker. Ford Motor Company produces a towing manual for all authorized tow truck operators. Have your tow truck operator refer to this manual for proper hook-up and towing procedures for your vehicle.
  • Page 350: Customer Assistance

    A reasonable time must be allowed to perform a repair after taking your vehicle to the authorized dealer. Repairs will be made using Ford or Motorcraft parts, or remanufactured or other parts that are authorized by Ford.
  • Page 351 • The name of the authorized dealer and city where located • The vehicle’s current odometer reading In some states, you must directly notify Ford in writing before pursuing remedies under your state’s warranty laws. Ford is also allowed a final repair attempt in some states.
  • Page 352 In the case of 1 or 2 above, the consumer must also notify the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the nonconformity at the following address: Ford Motor Company 16800 Executive Plaza Drive Mail Drop 3NE-B Dearborn, MI 48126 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 353 THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB) AUTO LINE PROGRAM (U.S. ONLY) Your satisfaction is important to Ford Motor Company and to your dealer. If a warranty concern has not been resolved using the three-step procedure outlined on the first page of the Customer Assistance section, you may be eligible to participate in the BBB AUTO LINE program.
  • Page 354 (CANADA ONLY) For vehicles delivered to authorized Canadian dealers. In those cases where you continue to feel that the efforts by Ford of Canada and the authorized dealer to resolve a factory-related vehicle service concern have been unsatisfactory, Ford of Canada participates in an impartial third party mediation/arbitration program administered by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP).
  • Page 355 Customer Assistance If you did not take advantage of the Ford Extended Service Plan at the time of purchasing your vehicle, you may still be eligible. Since this information is subject to change, please ask your authorized dealer for complete details about Ford Extended Service Plan coverage options, or visit the Ford ESP website at www.ford-esp.com.
  • Page 356: Reporting Safety Defects (U.s. Only)

    However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Ford Motor Company. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23)
  • Page 357: Reporting Safety Defects (Canada Only)

    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform Transport Canada, using their toll-free number: 1–800–333–0510. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 358: Cleaning

    • Never use abrasive materials such as steel wool or plastic pads as they can scratch the chrome surface. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 359 • Do not use hydrofluoric acid-based or high caustic-based wheel cleaners, steel wool, fuels or strong household detergent. • To remove tar and grease, use Motorcraft Bug and Tar Remover (ZC-42), available from your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Cleaning...
  • Page 360 • Never wash or rinse the engine while it is running; water in the running engine may cause internal damage. • Cover the highlighted areas to prevent water damage when cleaning the engine. • 5.4L V8 gasoline engine 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 361 To clean these items, follow these tips: • The windshield, rear windows and side windows may be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner such as Motorcraft Ultra-Clear Spray Glass Cleaner (ZC-23), available from your authorized dealer. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Cleaning...
  • Page 362 3. If necessary, apply more soap and water solution or cleaning product to a clean, white, cotton cloth and press the cloth onto the soiled area–allow this to set at room temperature for 30 minutes. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 363 • Do not use exterior paint waxes or sealants. Dust the low gloss areas with a clean, dry cloth, or use Motorcraft Dusting Cloth (ZC-24 or ZC-25) or Motorcraft Dusting Cloth Mitts (ZC-47). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 364 Note: In some instances, color or dye transfer can occur when wet clothing comes in contact with leather upholstery. If this occurs, the leather should be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent staining. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 365 In order to lessen the appearance of certain scratches and other wear marks, apply conditioner on the affected area following the same instructions as in the Conditioning section. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Cleaning...
  • Page 366 The high-pressure fluid could penetrate the sealed parts and cause damage. FORD, LINCOLN AND MERCURY CAR CARE PRODUCTS Your authorized dealer has many quality products available to clean your vehicle and protect its finishes. These quality products have been specifically engineered to fulfill your automotive needs;...
  • Page 367 Motorcraft Ultra-Clear Spray Glass Cleaner (ZC-23) Motorcraft Vinyl Cleaner (Canada only) (CXC-93) Motorcraft Vinyl Conditioner (Canada only) (CXC-94) Motorcraft Wash and Wax (Canada only) (CXC-95) Motorcraft Wheel and Tire Cleaner (ZC-37–A) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 368: Maintenance And Specifications

    1. Set the parking brake and shift to P (Park). 2. Block the wheels. • Manual transmission: 1. Set the parking brake, depress the clutch pedal, place the gearshift in N (Neutral), and release the clutch pedal. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 369 Slide the handle to release the auxiliary latch. 3. Lift the hood until the lift cylinders hold it open. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 370: Engine Compartment

    3. Transmission fluid dipstick (automatic transmission) 4. Engine oil filler cap 5. Engine oil dipstick 6. Power steering fluid reservoir 7. Brake fluid reservoir 8. Engine coolant reservoir 9. Air filter assembly 10. Power distribution box 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 371 3. Transmission fluid dipstick (automatic transmission) 4. Engine oil filler cap 5. Engine oil dipstick 6. Power steering fluid reservoir 7. Brake fluid reservoir 8. Engine coolant reservoir 9. Air filter assembly 10. Power distribution box 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 372 Note: Do not put washer fluid in the engine coolant reservoir. Washer fluid placed in the cooling system may harm engine and cooling system components. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 373: Engine Oil

    3. Set the parking brake and ensure the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) (automatic transmission) or 1 (First) (manual transmission). 4. Open the hood. Protect yourself from engine heat. 5. Locate and carefully remove the engine oil dipstick. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 374 3. Recheck the engine oil level. Make sure the oil level is not above the normal operating range on the engine oil level dipstick. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 375 Change your engine oil and filter according to the appropriate schedule listed in the scheduled maintenance information. Ford production and Motorcraft replacement oil filters are designed for added engine protection and long life. If a replacement oil filter is used that does not meet Ford material and design specifications, start-up engine noises or knock may be experienced.
  • Page 376: Battery

    Therefore, do not allow flames, sparks or lighted substances to come near the battery. When working near the battery, always shield your face and protect your eyes. Always provide proper ventilation. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 377 If the battery has been disconnected or a new battery has been installed, the clock and the preset radio stations must be reset once the battery is reconnected. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 378: Engine Coolant

    50/50 mixture of coolant and water provides the following: • Freeze protection down to -34°F (-36°C). • Boiling protection up to 265°F (129°C). • Protection against rust and other forms of corrosion. • Proper function of calibrated gauges. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) RECYCLE...
  • Page 379 Also, you can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. WARNING: Do not put engine coolant in the windshield washer fluid container. If sprayed on the windshield, engine coolant could make it difficult to see through the windshield. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 380 Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant from yellow to golden tan. • Do not add/mix an orange-colored, extended life coolant such as Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine Coolant, meeting Ford specification WSS-M97B44-D, or DEX-COOL brand with the factory-filled coolant. Mixing Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine...
  • Page 381 Recycled engine coolant Ford Motor Company does NOT recommend the use of recycled engine coolant in vehicles originally equipped with Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant since a Ford-approved recycling process is not yet available.
  • Page 382 Vehicles driven year-round in non-extreme climates should use a 50/50 mixture of engine coolant and distilled water for optimum cooling system and engine protection. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 383 2. Arrange for the vehicle to be taken to a service facility. 3. If this is not possible, wait a short period for the engine to cool. 4. Check the coolant level and replenish if low. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 384: Fuel Information

    WARNING: Automotive fuels can cause serious injury or death if misused or mishandled. WARNING: Gasoline may contain benzene, which is a cancer-causing agent. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 385 Care should be taken to avoid inhaling excess fumes. WARNING: The flow of fuel through a fuel pump nozzle can produce static electricity, which can cause a fire if fuel is pumped into an ungrounded fuel container. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 386 If the “Check Fuel Cap” indicator comes on and stays on after you start the engine, the fuel filler cap may not be properly installed. Turn off the engine, remove the fuel filler cap, align the cap properly and reinstall it. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 387 The vehicle warranty may be void for any damage to the fuel tank or fuel system if the correct genuine Ford or Motorcraft fuel filler cap is not used. WARNING: The fuel system may be under pressure. If the fuel filler cap is venting vapor or if you hear a hissing sound, wait until it stops before completely removing the fuel filler cap.
  • Page 388 Ask your fuel supplier about gasolines that meet the World-Wide Fuel Charter. Cleaner air Ford endorses the use of reformulated “cleaner-burning” gasolines to improve air quality, per the recommendations in the Choosing the right fuel section. Running out of fuel Avoid running out of fuel because this situation may have an adverse effect on powertrain components.
  • Page 389 For consistent results when filling the fuel tank: • Turn the engine/ignition switch to the off position prior to refueling, an error in the reading will result if the engine is left running. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) indicator may come on.
  • Page 390 Habits • Smooth, moderate operation can yield up to 10% savings in fuel. • Steady speeds without stopping will usually give the best fuel economy. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 391 • Adding certain accessories to your vehicle (for example bug deflectors, rollbars/light bars, running boards, ski/luggage racks) may reduce fuel economy. • To maximize the fuel economy, drive with the tonneau cover installed (if equipped). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 392 If other than Ford, Motorcraft or Ford-authorized parts are used for maintenance replacements or for service of components affecting emission control, such non-Ford parts should be equivalent to genuine Ford Motor Company parts in performance and durability.
  • Page 393 2. Poor fuel quality or water in the fuel—the engine may misfire or run poorly. 3. The fuel cap may not have been securely tightened. See Fuel filler cap in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) indicator, charging system...
  • Page 394 I/M testing; if the Service engine soon solid, it means that the vehicle is ready for I/M testing. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 395 4. While the engine idles, turn the steering wheel left and right several times. 5. Turn the engine off. 6. Recheck the fluid level in the reservoir. Do not add fluid if the level is between the MIN and MAX range. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 396 “MAX” lines are within the normal operating range; there is no need to add fluid. If the fluid levels are outside of the normal operating range the performance of your brake system could be compromised; seek service from your authorized dealer immediately. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 397 If the fluid level drops, refill the fluid level to the step in the reservoir. Use only a DOT 3 brake fluid designed to meet Ford specifications. Refer to Maintenance product specifications and capacities in this chapter. WARNING: Carefully read cautionary information on product label.
  • Page 398 The transmission fluid should be in this range if at normal operating temperature (150°F-170°F [66°C-77°C]). The transmission fluid should be in this range if at ambient temperature (50°F-95°F [10°C-35°C]). 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 399 Do not use supplemental transmission fluid additives, treatments or cleaning agents. The use of these materials may affect transmission operation and result in damage to internal transmission components. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 400 5. Install and tighten the fill plug securely. Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to Maintenance Product Specifications and Capacities in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing...
  • Page 401 Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to the Maintenance product specifications and capacities section in this chapter. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing...
  • Page 402: Air Filter(S)

    Lift air filter element up and out of housing. The air filter box needs to be free of any debris before installing a new air filter. 4. Install a new air filter element into the tray assembly. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 403: Part Numbers

    PCV valve. Replace the PCV valve with one that meets Ford material and design specifications for your vehicle, such as a Motorcraft or equivalent replacement part. The customer warranty may be void for any damage to the emissions system if such a PCV valve is not used.
  • Page 404 Maintenance and Specifications Replace the spark plugs with ones that meet Ford material and design specifications for your vehicle, such as Motorcraft or equivalent replacement parts. The customer warranty may be void for any damage to the engine if such spark plugs are not used.
  • Page 405: Maintenance Product Specifications And Capacities

    Maintenance and Specifications 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 406 Maintenance and Specifications 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 407 Maintenance and Specifications 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 408 Maintenance and Specifications 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 409: Engine Data

    Spark plug gap (0.039–0.043 inch) Ignition system Coil on plug Compression ratio 9.8:1 Drivebelt routing 5.4L V8/6.8L V10 engines 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) 6.8L V10 engine 87 octane 1-6-5-10-2-7-3-8-4-9 1.0–1.1mm (0.039–0.043 inch) Coil on plug...
  • Page 410 Vehicle identification number (VIN) The vehicle identification number is located on the driver side instrument panel. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Please note that in the graphic, XXXX is representative of your vehicle identification number. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 411 Label. The following table tells you which transmission each code represents. Code Description Six-speed manual, Dana (ZF S6–650) Six-speed manual, Dana (Z/F M6HD-W) Five-speed automatic, TorqShift (gas engines) Five-speed automatic, TorqShift (diesel engine) 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus)
  • Page 412: Accessories

    GENUINE FORD ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR VEHICLE A wide selection of Genuine Ford Accessories are available for your vehicle through your local Ford or Ford of Canada dealer. These quality accessories have been specifically engineered to fulfill your automotive needs; they are custom designed to complement the style and aerodynamic appearance of your vehicle.
  • Page 413 • Electrical or electronic accessories or components that are added to the vehicle by the authorized dealer or the owner may adversely affect battery performance and durability. 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Accessories...
  • Page 414: Index

    ...397 fluid, refill capacities ...405 Auxiliary Input Jack ...42 Auxiliary power point ...107 Axle refill capacities ...405 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Battery ...376 acid, treating emergencies ...376 jumping a disabled battery ...343 maintenance-free ...376 replacement, specifications ...403...
  • Page 415 Coolant checking and adding ...378 refill capacities ...382, 405 Cruise control (see Speed control) ...116 Customer Assistance ...314 Ford accessories for your vehicle ...366 Ford Extended Service Plan ...354 Getting assistance outside the U.S. and Canada ...355 Getting roadside assistance ...314 Getting the service you need ...350...
  • Page 416 ...388, 409 quality ...388 running out of fuel ...388 safety information relating to automotive fuels ...384 Fuel pump shut-off switch ...316 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Fuses ...317–318 Gas cap (see Fuel cap) ...386 Gas mileage (see Fuel economy) ...389...
  • Page 417 (ABS) ...280 Limited-slip axle ...283 Load limits ...255 Loading instructions ...261 Locks autolock ...156 childproof ...159 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Index doors ...155 Lug nuts ...342 Lumbar support, seats ...175–176 Manual transmission ...288 fluid capacities ...405...
  • Page 418 (see Safety restraints) ...180–185 Safety defects, reporting ..356–357 Safety restraints ...180–185 Belt-Minder ...188 extension assembly ...191 for adults ...181–185 for children ...201 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) lap belt ...186 warning light and chime ...187–188 Safety restraints - LATCH anchors ...214...
  • Page 419 ...261 wrecker ...348 Traction control ...281 Trailer Brake Controller-Integrated ...266 Transfer case fluid checking ...401 2009 F-250/350/450/550 (f23) Owners Guide, 2nd Printing USA (fus) Index Transmission automatic operation ...104, 284 brake-shift interlock (BSI) ...284 fluid, checking and adding (automatic) ...397...

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