2017 Ford F-150 Owners Manual - Automatic Transmission



Automatic Transmission

WARNING   WARNING:  Always fully apply the parking brake and make sure you shift into park (P). Switch the ignition off and remove the key whenever you leave your vehicle.
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not use tow/haul or engine braking when driving in icy or slippery conditions as the increased braking can cause the rear wheels to slide and your vehicle to swing around with the possible loss of vehicle control.

Understanding the Shift Positions of your Automatic Transmission
Floor shifter
Console Tow Haul/Sports Button
Column shifter
Shifter Lever with Tow Haul/Sports Mode
Putting your vehicle in or out of gear:
  1. Fully press down the brake pedal.
  1. Move the gearshift lever into the desired gear.
  1. Come to a complete stop.
  1. Move the gearshift lever and securely latch it in park (P).
Park (P)
This position locks the transmission and prevents the rear wheels from turning.
Reverse (R)
With the gearshift lever in reverse (R), your vehicle will move backward. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of reverse (R).
Neutral (N)
With the gearshift lever in neutral (N), your vehicle can be started and is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down while in this position.
Drive (D)
Drive (D) is the normal driving position for the best fuel economy. The overdrive function allows automatic upshifts and downshifts through all available gears.
Manual (M) with Floor-shifter
With the gearshift lever in manual (M), the driver can change gears up or down as desired. By moving the gearshift lever from drive position drive (D) to manual (M) you now have control of selecting the gear you desire using buttons on the shift lever. See Understanding your SelectShift Automatic™ transmission later in this section.
To return to normal drive (D) position, move the shift lever back from manual (M) to drive (D).
The transmission will operate in all available gears.
Third (3) with Column-shifter (6-speed)
Transmission operates in third (3) gear only. Use third (3) gear for improved traction on slippery roads.
Second (2) (6-speed)
Transmission operates in second (2) gear only. Use second (2) gear to start-up on slippery roads.
First (1) (6-speed)
  • Transmission operates in first (1) gear only.
  • Provides maximum engine braking.
  • Allows upshifts by moving gearshift lever.
  • Will not downshift into first (1) gear at high speeds; allows for first (1) gear when vehicle reaches slower speeds.
Tow Mode
Tow Haul Icon  To activate tow mode, press the button on the gearshift lever once. The indicator light illuminates in the instrument cluster when the system becomes active.
The tow mode feature:
  • Moves upshifts to higher engine speeds to reduce the frequency of transmission shifting.
  • Provides engine braking in all forward gears, which will slow your vehicle and assist you in controlling your vehicle when descending a grade.
  • Depending on driving conditions and load conditions, may downshift the transmission, slow your vehicle and control your vehicle speed when descending a hill, without pressing the accelerator pedal. The amount of downshift braking provided will vary based upon the amount the brake pedal is pressed.
The tow mode feature improves transmission operation when towing a trailer or a heavy load. All transmission gear ranges are available when using tow mode.
To deactivate the tow mode feature and return to normal driving mode, press the button on the gearshift lever twice. The indicator light deactivates when the system turns off. Tow mode also deactivates when you power down your vehicle.
Sport Mode
Sport Icon  To activate Sport Mode, press the button on the gearshift lever. The SPORT or S indicator light illuminates in the instrument display when the system becomes active.
The sport mode feature:
  • Provides additional grade (engine) braking and extends lower gear operation to enhance performance for uphill climbs, hilly terrain or mountainous areas. This will increase engine RPM during engine braking.
  • Provides additional lower gear operation through the automatic transmission shift strategy.
  • Selects gears more quickly and at higher engine speeds.
To deactivate the sport mode feature and return to normal driving mode, press the button on the gearshift lever again. The SPORT or S indicator light deactivates when the system turns off. The sport mode feature also deactivates when you power down your vehicle.
Automatic Transmission Adaptive Learning
This feature increases durability and provides consistent shift feel over the life of your vehicle. A new vehicle or transmission may have firm shifts, soft shifts or both. This operation is considered normal and will not affect function or durability of the transmission. Over time, the adaptive learning process will fully update transmission operation.
Forced Downshifts
  • Allowed in drive (D) with the tow mode feature on or off.
  • Press the accelerator to the floor.
  • Allows transmission to select an appropriate gear.
Understanding your SelectShift™ Automatic Transmission (If Equipped)
Your vehicle is equipped with a SelectShift Automatic transmission gearshift lever. The SelectShift Automatic transmission gives you the ability to change gears up or down (without a clutch) as desired.
In order to prevent the engine from running at too low an RPM, which may cause it to stall, SelectShift will still automatically make some downshifts if it has determined that you have not downshifted in time. Although SelectShift will make some downshifts for you, it will still allow you to downshift at any time as long as the SelectShift determines that damage will not be caused to the engine from over-revving.
SelectShift will not automatically upshift, even if the engine is approaching the RPM limit. It must be shifted manually by pressing the + button.
Note:   Engine damage may occur if you maintain excessive engine revving without shifting.
The SelectShift Automatic transmission feature has two modes: PRS and M mode.
Manual (M) with Floor-shifter
Moving the gearshift lever to the manual (M) position will allow you to manually select the gear you desire. Only the current gear will display. Use the buttons on the gearshift lever or steering wheel to manually select gears. Press the + button to upshift or the button to downshift. Return the transmission to a different gearshift position to deactivate manual control.
Console Shifter
Upshift to the recommended shift speeds according to the following chart:
6-speed

Upshifts when accelerating (recommended for best fuel economy)  
Shift from:  
1 – 2   24 km/h
2 – 3   40 km/h
3 – 4   64 km/h
4 – 5   72 km/h
5 – 6   80 km/h

10-speed

Upshifts when accelerating (recommended for best fuel economy)  
Shift from:  
1 – 2   24 km/h
2 – 3   32 km/h
3 – 4   43 km/h
4 – 5   51 km/h
5 – 6   60 km/h
6 – 7   68 km/h
7 – 8   77 km/h
8 – 9   84 km/h
9 – 10   97 km/h

Progressive Range Selection
Progressive Range Selection gives you the ability to lockout gears from the automatic shifting range. This may provide you with an improved driving experience (for example, in slippery conditions or when experiencing a steep grade).
With the transmission in drive (D), press the button to active PRS. The available and selected gears are indicated on the instrument cluster.
All available gears display with the current gear indicated. Press the button again to lock out gears beginning with the highest gear. Only the available gears display and the transmission automatically shifts between the available gears. Press the + button to unlock gears to allow the transmission to shift to higher gears. The transmission shifts automatically within the gear range you select.
Brake-Shift Interlock
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the brake lamps are working.
WARNING   WARNING:  When doing this procedure, you need to take the transmission out of park (P) which means your vehicle can roll freely. To avoid unwanted vehicle movement, always fully apply the parking brake prior to doing this procedure. Use wheels chocks if appropriate.
WARNING   WARNING:  If the parking brake is fully released, but the brake warning lamp remains illuminated, the brakes may not be working properly. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Your vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock feature that prevents moving the gearshift lever from park (P) when the ignition is in the on position and the brake pedal is not pressed.
If you cannot move the gearshift lever out of park (P) position with the ignition in the on position and the brake pedal pressed, a malfunction may have occurred. It is possible that a fuse has blown or your vehicle’s brake lamps are not operating properly.   See   Fuse Specification Chart
If the fuse is not blown and the brake lamps are working properly, the following procedure will allow you to move the gearshift lever from park (P):
Column-shifter
  1. Apply the parking brake and switch off your vehicle.
  1. Move the steering column to the full down and full rearward position (toward the driver’s seat).
  1. Remove the gearshift lever boot.
  1. Place fingers into gearshift lever boot hole and pull top half of shroud up and forward to separate it from the lower half of the shroud. There is a hinge at the forward edge of the top shroud. Roll the top half of the shroud upward on the hinge point, then pull straight rearward toward the driver’s seat to remove.
  1. Remove the top half of the shroud.
  1. Remove the three fasteners under the column that secure the lower shroud half to the column.
Remove the Lower Shroud Cover
  1. Pull the lock lever into the full unlocked position and remove the lower shroud cover by pulling the lever handle through the slot in the cover.
Brake-Shift Interlock
  1. Apply the brake, pull the white disk then move the shifter to neutral (N).
  1. Start your vehicle.
Perform Steps 4 through 8 in reverse order, making sure to engage the hinge pivots between the upper and lower halves of the shroud. Keep slight pressure in the forward direction as the halves rotate together.
Floor-shifter
  1. Apply the parking brake and switch off your vehicle.
  1. Remove the rubber mat between the shifter and cup holder. Using a screwdriver (or similar tool), carefully pry up the access panel from the attachment points and disconnect it from the console to expose the inside of the gearshift.
Center Console Top View
  1. Locate the white brake shift interlock lever on the passenger side of the shifter assembly.
Brake-Shift Interlock Lever
  1. Apply the brake pedal. Using light finger pressure move the white lever forward while pulling the gearshift lever out of the park (P) position and into the neutral (N) position.
  1. Install the access panel and rubber mat.
  1. Apply brake pedal, start your vehicle, and release the parking brake. See your authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck In Mud or Snow
Note:   Do not rock your vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.
Note:   Do not rock your vehicle for more than a minute or damage to the transmission and tires may occur, or the engine may overheat.
If your vehicle gets stuck in mud or snow, you may rock it out by shifting between forward and reverse gears, stopping between shifts in a steady pattern. Press lightly on the accelerator in each gear.