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hill descent option

not sure if this is in the right place...

i just bought a 2012 f250 king ranch and it does not have the hill descent option. up until now, i have only owned chevy's and gmc's. (by the way, i had a 2500 hd duramax before this truck and had constant fuel problems with it.) anyway, with the chevy trucks, all of them are WIRED the same. you could actually buy the driver information panel with all the buttons and pull the dash out and the pigtail to make all of that work was there. my question is: are the fords all WIRED the same? i want to know if i can buy the hill descent switch and install it in my truck and the wires be there?
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I think hill decent is part of tow/haul. All you need to do is click it into tow haul mode and tap the brakes once. It'll downshift and the exhaust brake will activate.

tap brakes again, it'll downshift again and so on until a downshift causes the engine to redline.

May be wrong on this, but pretty sure that's how it works.

You also have 'lockout' mode in automatic (auto, not manual mode). By clicking the downshift you elimiate gears starting with 6th and going all the way down to 2nd.

You also have 'manual' mode. Here the truck acts just like it would with an stick tranny.

I think that with a little experimentation you'll find one or more modes that'll do what you want.

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You have the KR, which has all the options, so you ought to have everything.

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not sure if this is in the right place...

i just bought a 2012 f250 king ranch and it does not have the hill descent option. up until now, i have only owned chevy's and gmc's. (by the way, i had a 2500 hd duramax before this truck and had constant fuel problems with it.) anyway, with the chevy trucks, all of them are WIRED the same. you could actually buy the driver information panel with all the buttons and pull the dash out and the pigtail to make all of that work was there. my question is: are the fords all WIRED the same? i want to know if i can buy the hill descent switch and install it in my truck and the wires be there?
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Thanks so much for the info. This is my first ford and I love it so far. I pull a stump grinder that weighs 4500-5000 pounds and it seems to push ti he truck a little. That's the onlyi thing I have noticed. The ford has good power and alot better ride. Just the brakes seem soft
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You don't have a button on the right side of the dash, around the right bottom corner of the head unit for hill descent? My 11 lariat has it..

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no sir... i bought a king ranch and thought i was getting it all, but i guess i was wrong..
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Im thinking that the hill decent is part of the FX4 option, which is in addition to the option package. It only works at speeds BELOW 25 MPH.

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Im thinking that the hill decent is part of the FX4 option, which is in addition to the option package. It only works at speeds BELOW 25 MPH.

Leo
Yeah, thats my understanding. I don't know why you'd ever need it unless you did allot of off roading.

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Let me restate my post:

The FX4 option is in addition to any TRIM package you got...IE KR, Lariat, XLT...ect.

Even in an off road situation I cant imagine not staying on the controls, so to speak, and trusting that thing, which is akward at best to reach on a smooth road, let alone a bumpy trail.

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