Towing a heavy load is one of the most strenuous tasks you can ask of your vehicle. And while many Fords like the F-150, Escape, and Explorer offer towing packages, there are many reasons you may want to increase your current vehicle’s towing potential.
So regardless of whether you’re driving a Ford, or any other make of vehicle, be sure to read these tips before you hitch up!
Points to Consider
First off, check with your dealer about the effect of modifications to a vehicle that is still under warranty. Adding performance components gives the engine more power, but may also void the warranty (not good!). Also, heed the vehicle’s factory towing capacity because modifications increase how reliably your vehicle tows a load, not necessarily its maximum capabilities.
New vehicles purchased specifically for towing often have optional camping or towing packages available for purchase. The packages typically include:
- Installed trailer wiring
- Heavy-duty suspension
- A tighter rear axle ratio
- A more capable radiator
- Increased engine oil coolant
- A trailer brake controller
Keep in mind that if the automaker installs the package, then warranty applies to the modification. And if you wish to purchase a new vehicle with increased towing capability, our New Vehicle Department has plenty of Ford trucks and SUVs capable of handling everything from light to extremely heavy loads.
Shocks and Springs
For vehicles that do a lot of towing, the investment in aftermarket heavy-duty springs is worth the money. Stiffer springs better resist sagging under heavy loads, leading to a more stable, more comfortable ride. Our Parts Department is a reputable suspension and spring shop that installs heavy-duty springs for front or rear suspensions. Just check out our Custom Trucks page to see just a few of the amazing builds we’ve done in the past!
Aftermarket Performance Upgrades
Another common solution to increase your vehicle’s towing potential is installing aftermarket upgrades such as free-flowing exhausts, cold air intakes, and even “reflashing” the ECU. Increased engine power means your truck or SUV can pull heavy loads more easily, and with less strain on the various components. Just remember to check your local laws regarding aftermarket upgrades, as certain parts may not be legal due to emissions or noise concerns.
Lubricants and Fluids
Towing causes increased stress on a vehicle and forces an engine to run hotter, which means keeping temperatures down is critical to maintaining the life of the vehicle. Upgrading and changing lubricants is a simple, inexpensive way to prepare your vehicle for the rigors of heavy towing. There are several products designed to alleviate stress and extend the time between needed maintenance.
Synthetic radiator coolant additives reduce the surface tension of the coolant, which in turn reduces engine heat by improving heat transfer in the radiator. This coolant works in gas and diesel engines to provide additional protection against erosion, corrosion and rust. Also available is heavy-duty transmission fluid, which better resists the buildup of heat in the transmission, letting your vehicle tow longer without issues.
Visit Windsor Ford Today!
Before you tow a load in your vehicle, a bit of preparation is key. That’s why you need to visit our Grande-Prairie based dealership today for the best parts and advice on how to maximize your vehicle’s towing potential! Contact Us today for more information.