TSC Ford Specialist is an independent service center that caters to all your Ford needs. We’re always up to date on all the latest technology and news, including the recent announcement that Ford Super Duty trucks gain adaptive steering for 2017. Ford has been awarded eight patents for this technology, and 11 more have been filed. Today, we’re going to cover how your Ford Super Duty truck will handle with this adaptive steering, and how it will make towing and hauling a much more enjoyable experience.
Basically, this new technology gives anyone behind the wheel a greater degree of control over the truck and anything being pulled behind it, such as horse trailers, boats and more. It will save the driver a lot of struggle with the steering wheel to get you where you need to go. A new towing and hauling mode has been added to the existing Ford truck adaptive suspension technology to make this particularly suited for pickup drivers everywhere. Once you step into one of these babies, it is clear to see that not only will you get your load exactly where you want it, but the intelligence of the system will also help you handle it, giving you a smoother ride in slow or fast conditions, including tight and narrow situations.
What exactly is adaptive steering?
Adaptive steering gives the Ford Super Duty variable steering gear ratios depending on any situation you find yourself in. The system can detect your driving style and increase or decrease the steering ratio by up to 30 percent. The results are increased comfort while driving at highway speeds and better handling and maneuvering at lower speeds.
Ford adaptive steering system is contained within the truck’s steering wheel and uses an electric motor, gear unit and a small computer to function. When the vehicle is moving slower, the system will increase the angle of the front wheels, which means that the driver will have to turn the wheel less to steer more. When traveling at higher speeds, the ratio is adjusted once again by giving the truck more relaxed responsiveness. And if you find yourself towing or hauling, the system also has a setting for that as well.
Where and when do you need adaptive steering?
Hauling and towing items such as trailers, boats, and other vehicles put a lot of demand on a truck, and your turning radius is limited. The adaptive steering allows maneuvering to feel like you are driving a car versus a tank. So, if you find yourself in a situation such as navigating a boat launch, narrow dirt road, or a tight parking lot, you’ll be amazed by how this new steering technology will get you out of a tight jam.
Adaptive steering contributes to delivering the best, most enjoyable ride and steering of any Super Duty yet. It also has improved responsiveness and control. The trucks feature a setting for engaging the new tow/haul mode that further accelerates how Super Duty trucks and trailers react to steering input.
So, what is the difference between adaptive steering and regular steering?
It can be a difficult feature to explain and probably the best way to understand it is to get behind the wheel of a Super Duty for a test drive. Ford has now released a video online that demonstrates the idea of adaptive steering quite well. It even shows a comparison of how the Super Duty handles with the feature both on and off, and you can even see a noticeable difference in how much the wheel moves!
Ford’s system uses a precision-controlled actuator located inside the steering wheel, that requires no change to a vehicle’s conventional steering system. The actuator can essentially add to or decrease from a driver’s steering styles. The result is a better driving experience at all speeds, regardless of vehicle size or class, says Ford. Click here if you want to check out the video.
A Few Issues to Be Aware of with Adaptive Steering
Here are some message errors you may find according to the Ford Owner’s Manual when utilizing this feature. Of course, if you have any issues that do not seem to be operating correctly with this system, you should take it in immediately to your Ford dealer or TSC Ford Specialist will also be happy to help.
- Adaptive Steering Initialization: The adaptive steering system has detected a difference between steering wheel angle and the desired road wheel angle. The steering wheel adjusts to correct this difference. This adjustment is part of normal system operation.
- Adaptive Steering Fault Service Required: The adaptive steering system is off. It is possible that the steering wheel may not be straight when the vehicle is driving straight ahead. If this message persists, see an authorized dealer.
- Adaptive Steering Loss Do Not Drive: The adaptive steering system integrity cannot be verified. Do not operate the vehicle and talk with an authorized dealer immediately.
So, what will one of these 2017 Super Duty trucks with adaptive steering cost? Well, for the adaptive steering feature alone, your pricing will be $685 for the XLT grade and go up from there. However, it will come standard on the Platinum trim version. The price of a new 2017 Super Duty truck will set you back around $32,500, and that’s just for the basic model. It will then increase, depending on what you need. But you can be happy with the extended amount of colors to choose from inside and out, as well as the super durability. Whether you are using it for work, around the farm or construction site, or for play, there is no doubt, that this truck, is simply leaving the competition in the dust.
Now that Ford Super Duty trucks gain adaptive steering for 2017, be sure to take one out for a test drive and see how you like it. For the past 18 years, this has been the best-selling truck in the United States, not to mention one of the toughest trucks out there! The 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks come in the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550. Let TSC Ford Specialist offer you more information on this outstanding feature of adaptive steering and all the other great components that come with these vehicles.