How to Override the Automatic Running Boards on a 2010 Ford Expedition

by Justin Cupler

The Ford Expedition first hit showroom floors in the 1997 model year. This full-sized SUV was strikingly similar to the F-150 at first glance, as it had borrowed styling from the Ford pickup. The 2010 Expedition had only one engine option available, a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8. The 2010 Expedition came standard with fixed running boards, but had the option of adding automatic running boards. Ford programmed these running boards to extend when a door opened and hide beneath the SUV when the doors close. You can override the programming of these running boards through the Expedition's message center, making them remain extended at all times.

Insert the key in the ignition and turn it to the "Run" position, but do not start it.

Press and release the "Setup" button on the message center until "Running Boards" displays on the screen.

Press and release the "Reset" button to cycle through the running board options. The "Auto" setting makes the running boards extend when the doors open and hide when the doors close. The "Out" setting leaves the running boards out at all times. The "Off" setting leaves the running boards hidden at all times.

Select the desired setting, using the "Reset" button, and turn the ignition to the "Off" position. Remove the ignition key.

About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.