2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Towing Duty
March 30, 2011
Our longterm 2010 Ford Raptor keeps being around when I need to tow something, so that's what happens. This LeMons car won't tow itself, after all.
First thing: the improvement in the transmission's gearchanges is night and day now that it's been under the knife. Er, wrench. The shifts are far less abrupt. As before, tow/haul mode works perfectly for this load of about 4000 pounds, with plenty of reserve power and smart downshifting logic while descending grades. The tiny backup camera located in the rearview mirror isn't ideal for lining up a trailer, but it's better than not having one.
When the truck was cold and not towing, I did twice observe a hint of uncouth shifting, a pause-then-hard-shift. And if you recall, this is how the eventual bad shifting originally manifested itself.
Could this be the start of the same nonsense all over again? We shall see. For now, it shifts 95% better.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 19,421 miles