How to use Hill Start Assist on Ford F-150

Hill Start Assist on Ford F-150 makes it easier for you to pull away when your vehicle is on a slope without using the parking brake.

Ford F-150 14th generation – (photo by Ford)

When the system activates, your vehicle remains stationary for a few seconds after you release the brake pedal. This gives you time to move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal. The brakes release when the engine has developed sufficient torque to prevent your vehicle from rolling down the slope.

On very steep approaches, the main advantage of a hill start assistant is the relief for the driver. Especially in connection with a trailer load that is attached to the vehicle, this assistance system enables trouble-free and stress-free starting on inclines. The hill start assistant is mainly to be classified as an additional comfort feature that minimizes the stress factor when driving up on a hill.

Turning off Hill Start Assist

Hill Start Assist on Ford F-150 is turned on by default and continuously functions after you start your vehicle. You cannot turn this feature off.

Which Ford F-150 variants have Hill Start Assist?

Hill Start Assist is a standard feature on all F-150 trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited.


Hill Start Assist Not Available: If this message appears on the instrument cluster display of your Ford F-150, it means there is a malfunction in the system. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video to see visual demonstration of Hill Start Assist function.
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