Return to Home Page

Frequently Asked Questions
All answer texts that appear as "This" is
hyper-linked to other sections of this website. You
may select "This" and go to that linked section automatically.


Q1: How do I get a copy of the Ford Truck Body Builders Layout Book or CD-ROM?

A1: Click on "Order BB Layout CD", here or on the homepage. Print the order forms, complete, and fax them as directed on the form (different warehouse for Canadian orders).The first CD-ROM is free.

Q2: Can I get CAD files of Ford vehicles or components?

A2: Available by request through the Ford Body Builders Advisory Service are 3-D CAD files on a CD-ROM of E-Series, F-150, and F-250/350/450/550 trucks in IGES format. All vehicle component drawings or CAD requests will be handled on an individual basis. It is required to specify, in order of priority, what parts of the vehicle are of interest. CAD Data requests for the complete vehicle will not be processed. Use e-mail:, to order the E & F-Series 3D CAD data on a CD-ROM. Include your return mailing address, contact, and phone number.

Q3: Can we weld on the frame rails?

A3: For E-Series vehicles refer to QVM Bulletin Q-114.
For F-250/350/450/550 trucks, disconnect the PCM, ABS Module, the Instrument Cluster and then the batteries. For the batteries, disconnect both negative and postive cables. When finished welding, reconnect all items in reverse order from the order they were disconnected.

Q4: Where is the connector on 2005 F-250/350/450/550 trucks for Aftermarket Trailer Brake Controllers?

A4: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-119.

Q5: How do I install the Ford Trailer Brake Controller on a F-250/350/450/550 trucks that did not have Option Code 52B ordered?

A5: The Ford Trailer Brake Controller requires a different brake master cylinder. For this reason, aftermarket installation of this option is not recommended.

Q6: Can I alter the wheelbase of F-350/450/550 Chassis Cabs or the E-Series Cutaways?

A6: To modify the wheelbase of E-Series Cutaway and F-350/450/550 Chassis Cabs, refer to QVM Bulletin Q-14, Q-18 R5 and Q-87.

Q7: How do I get an Auxiliary Powertrain Control Module (APCM) diesel engine throttle-kicker from Ford?

A7: The APCM is no longer useable with the 2005 E-Series and F-250/350/450/550 6.0L diesel engines. Stationary Elevated Idle Control (SEIC) for diesel engines is discussed in QVM Bulletin Q-108.

Q8: Can an APCM from a F-250/350/450/550 be used with the 6.0L diesel engine?

A8: Yes, for 2003 and 2004 F-250/350/450/550 trucks. The older APCM's are compatible with the 6.0L diesel engine.

Not for 2005 F-250/350/450/550 trucks. These trucks utilize Stationary Elevated Idle Control as described in QVM Bulletin Q-108.

Q9: When will the non-functional PTOC and BCPIL circuits of Stationary Elevated Idle Controls (SEIC) be available?

A9: The 6.0L diesel engine harness wires are to be repopulated at a later date. This will make the PTOC and BCPIL circuits functional.

Use of the Park SEIC signal is recommended to replace PTOC for safety protocols, until PTOC is functional.

Q10: How do I get the Stationary Elevated Idle Control (SEIC) to function on F-250/350/450/550 trucks equipped with gas engines and manual transmissions?

A10: All F-250/350/450/550 trucks produced prior to January 2005 will require a reflash to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to make SEIC functional. The reflash will be made available to Ford dealers during the week of December 20, 2004. Please check with your local Ford dealer for availability.

Q11: How do I get the Stationary Elevated Idle (SEIC) to function without waiting several minutes, after starting the gas engine?

A11: After SEIC is switched on, the PCM takes time to verify that all enablers are met, one of which is engine coolant temperature above 140 deg -F. There is also a learning function in the strategy to prepare the engine for the impending PTO load and prevent engine stalling. With a warm engine, which has also learned by the first few load applications, response time to get elevated idle should be much quicker, typically instantaneous in most cases. Much of this is explained in QVM Bulletin Q-108.

Q12: How do I obtain a Park, Neutral, Vehicle Road Speed and Tachometer signals on the 2005 E-Series (with TorqShift automatic transmission) and F-250/350/450/550 vehicles?

A12: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-108 for all Customer Access Circuits such as these.

Q13: Can the APCM be controlled remotely?

A13: Yes. Remote control of Stationary Elevated Idle Control (SEIC) is possible. refer to QVM Bulletin Q-108 for SEIC control information.

Q14: How can I change the F-250/350/450/550 trucks with 6.0L diesel dual alternators to a single alternator?

A14: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-91 for F-Series Super Duty with 6.0L diesel dual to single alternator conversions.

Single alternator to dual alternators conversion is not recommended.

Q15: How do I find the engine hourmeter on the 2005 F-250/350/450/550 trucks?

A15: The engine hourmeter is now a standard part of the Instrument Cluster. Engine hourmeter description and instructions can be found in the Owner's Manual in the Instrument Cluster section.

Q16: How do I find the wires for the four Upfitter switches in the dash on F-250/350/450/550 trucks?

A16: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-117.

Q17: Where is circuit 294 (White with Light Blue stripe) on 2005 F-250/350/450/550 trucks? (12 volt ignition hot source fused for 10 amps)

A17: Circuit 294 (W/LB) can be found by following the harness from the diagnostic connector at the lower edge of the dash on the driver's side. Circuit 294 (W/LB) is half way up the harness and is blunt cut with shrink wrap on the wire.

Q18: How can I obtain stationary elevated idle control for 2005 F-650/750 trucks with the 6.0L engine?

A18: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-89 R1.

For all other engines, contact the Ford Truck Body Builders Advisory Service.

Q19: How can I connect the fuel return to the auxiliary fuel port on F-250/350/450/550 trucks and E-Series vehicles?

A19: To maintain the LEV II certification (gasoline engines) and maintain the integrity of the fuel system (all engines), fuel may not be returned to the Ford fuel system from equipment connected to the auxiliary fuel port.

Q20: How can I get access to online versions of the Ford wiring diagrams, Workshop Manuals and Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnostic Manuals?

A20: Refer to QVM Bulletin Q-118.

(back to top)
Copyright© 2007 Ford Motor Company.