Ford Explorer comes equipped with reverse brake assist, meaning the sensors at the back of the vehicle continuously monitor obstacles while you’re driving in reverse, and it may automatically apply brakes to avoid collision.
When the system detects the obstacle, it alerts the driver and may apply brakes. There is possibility of this happening in error (for example in low light conditions, or the system judges the environment wrong) — to override the automatic brakes, just push the accelerator pedal.
1. To disable this feature, open settings menu on the infotainment system touch screen. Make sure your vehicle is in Park mode before doing this.
2. Select Driver Assistance from the menu.
3. Scroll down until you find Reverse Brake Assist option. Touch the slider button positioned next to it to turn it off.
4. You can also turn it back on using the same slider button, but you should keep in mind that the system may not always be available even after you turn it on from the settings menu. The reason for unavailability of the system can be either dirty rear-view camera, or the doors are not fully closed. You will see an alert message on the instrument cluster screen in case of system unavailability.