Ford making electronic stability standard on tractor models next year

Cannon Mug Headshot
Updated May 9, 2017

Ford truckFor the 2018 model year, Ford is making electronic stability control and traction control brakes standard on all F-650 and F-750 tractors. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

Other updates the Detroit automaker announced Tuesday to its heaviest truck lineup for next model year are an available high-output 240-amp alternator for F-650 and F-750 trucks equipped with the V10 gasoline engine; an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on diesel models; relocated oil and transmission fluid dipsticks and an available three-inch extension for the full-width front bumper on all models.

The high-output 240-amp alternator was designed for tow trucks, road service vehicles and other truck applications with high electrical demands and equipped with a 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.

The available bumper extension, which was designed to limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, moves the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it while providing additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision.

Relocated oil and transmission fluid dipsticks can be accessed from ground level on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks. The transmission fluid dipstick has also been moved to provide ground-level access on gasoline models. The gasoline engine’s oil dipstick was already accessible from the ground.

An optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on F-650 and F-760 diesel trucks were designed to give the operator more control over regens to clean the diesel particulate filter.

Ordering for 2018 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks begins this summer, with deliveries expected in the fall.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected].