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Electronic power steering and plow prep

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by bensaintonge, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. bensaintonge

    bensaintonge Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    So for a few years now we have known about the electronic power steering system and how the stock electrical system can't handle most plows in addition to all the other electronics. For 2015 the all new F-150 offers a plow prep package that is available with the 5.0 V8, ALL the plow prep does is give you a button on dash that disables the following;

    • 110V inverter.
    • Fog lamps.
    • Heated steering wheel.
    • Heated front and rear seats.
    • Massaging seats.

    I find interesting because a lot of trucks don't have any of these features, one could venture to assume that any truck with the EPS system could handle a plow fine if these or similar features are left off (including 2011-2014 trucks).
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,500

    One would/might think that


    One would/might research that....


    One would/might think the PCM/BCM's are different...

    One would/might be the same....

    One would/might not be the same
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    You may want to read your owners manual.
    It states in several places that mounting a plow will void parts of your warranty. (on some f150's)

    SOWPLOWING
    For F-150 snowplowing applications, Ford
    recommends the F150 4X4 Regular Cab,
    SuperCrew or SuperCab, equipped with
    the 6.2L engine for residential
    snowplowing only.

    Do not use F-150 vehicles equipped with
    the 3.5L, 3.7L or 5.0L engines for
    snowplowing

    The Total Accessory Reserve Capacity
    (TARC) is on the lower right side of the
    vehicle's Safety Compliance
    Certification Label. This applies to
    Ford-completed vehicles of
    10,000.17 lb (4,536 kg)
    GVWR or less.
    This is the weight of
    permanently-attached auxiliary
    equipment, such as snowplow
    frame-mounting hardware, that can
    be added to the vehicle and satisfy
    Ford compliance certification to
    FMVSS. Exceeding this weight may
    require the auxiliary equipment installer
    additional safety certification
    responsibility. The Front Accessory
    Reserve Capacity (FARC) is for the
    customer convenience.

    Rear ballast weight behind the rear
    axle may be required to prevent
    exceeding the FGAWR, and provide
    front-to-rear weight balance for proper
    braking and steering
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015
  4. bensaintonge

    bensaintonge Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Whoa guys, first of all I do not own a F150 nor do I plan to buy one/plow with one, just getting info out there about the new plow prep. I just find it interesting that in the new trucks the only difference between plow prep and non plow prep is that button that turns off only a select few things (high end things that don't even come with most lower end trims) and a relay provision for the snowplow controls.

    All this is in the 2015 owners manual that states you CAN plow with the 5.0 now;

    "We recommend the four-wheel drive F-150
    in XL, XLT or Lariat trim levels with the 5.0L
    engine and snowplow option for residential
    snowplowing only. We do not recommend
    the F-150 with the automatic four-wheel
    drive system for snowplowing."
     
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,500

  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Damn, just made coffee come out my nose.
     
  7. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    "I just find it interesting that in the new trucks the only difference between plow prep and non plow prep is that button that turns off only a select few things (high end things that don't even come with most lower end trims) and a relay provision for the snowplow controls."

    As I recall, on the 6.0 liter Powerstroke equipped Super Duty trucks, the only thing the Plow Prep Package added was a different Fan Clutch.
     
  8. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    Heavier front springs as well. Plow prep was not available on crew cab diesel either. I took the 5,200 lb front springs off of mine and installed 7,000 lb f550 springs and all is well.
     
  9. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Now you just did it to me, Jeff...ha