2019 Ford F-150 Hill Descent Control User Guide

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford F-150, Technology on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 7:33 pm
2019 Ford F-150 hill descent control graphic

How to Use Ford Hill Descent Control on the 2019 Ford F-150

Now equipped with Hill Descent Control, the Ford F-150 takes the tenseness out of traveling downhill for long periods of time. The intelligent system functions as a downhill cruise control by using the vehicle’s brake control system to maintain a set speed so you can focus your attention on steering. Excited to give this feature a go? Keep reading for a complete guide on how to use Ford Hill Descent Control on your 2019 Ford F-150.

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How to Activate Hill Descent Control

Step 1: Press the Hill Descent Control Button

To activate the feature, start by pressing the Hill Descent Control button located in the center console. The vehicle will sound a chime and illuminate the Hill Descent Control icon in the instrument cluster to let you know the feature is up and running.

Step 2: Accelerate / Brake to Desired Speed

Once the system has been activated, use the accelerator or brake to bring the vehicle to your desired speed. Your desired speed will be recorded and maintained as soon as you remove your foot from the pedal


2019 Ford F-150 driving downhill

Hill Descent Control button in 2019 Ford F-150

Hill Descent Control message in 2019 Ford F-150


How to Adjust Speed in Hill Descent Control

You can choose to adjust your selected speed at any time by using the accelerator or brake pedal. Just like when you initially set the Hill Descent Control speed, the system will record and maintain your speed as soon as you remove your foot from the pedal.

Note: Set speeds for Hill Descent Control must be between 2 and 20 mph. The system will automatically deactivate if the vehicle’s speed exceeds 40 mph.

Cool Down Intervals

Note that the Hill Descent Control feature requires a cool-down interval after longer periods of sustained use. The system will notify you when it’s time for a cool-down interval with a message in the warning center and an audible tone. The system will then disengage, requiring you to manually operate the brakes until the cool-down interval is over.

Deactivating Hill Descent Control

To deactivate this feature, just press the Hill Descent Control button again. The system will also automatically deactivate once the vehicle’s speed exceeds 40 mph or the ignition is switched off.

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