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2021 Ford Bronco Crawler Gear Facts And How-To Guide

Ford Bronco fans were delighted to hear that the new model would be available with a seven-speed manual transmission, which isn’t really a traditional seven-speed at all. One of those gears is known as a “crawler gear,” with a super low ratio specifically designed for those times when drivers need to go slow to navigate through tough off-road conditions. Until now, few details have been shared about the 2021 Ford Bronco crawler gear and how to operate it, but Bronco Nation recently posted a few interesting details about this nifty feature.

The 2021 Ford Bronco crawler gear allows drivers to travel at very low speeds with the clutch fully engaged, which is quite helpful when navigating rough terrains like rocks and ruts. To engage it, simply press the clutch all the way to the floor, pull up on the collar located under the shifter knob, and move the shifter all the way to the left, then down.

If at this point the Bronco crawler gear does not engage, Ford recommends depressing the clutch, shifting back to neutral, and trying again. Then, let go of the clutch and repeat these steps. Since crawler gear is intended to be a starting gear, the Bronco should technically be sitting stationary before it is engaged.

It is possible to shift into crawler gear while the vehicle is moving, however, though Ford says that the engine’s RPM should be below 1,500 and that the clutch should be fully depressed to ensure a smooth transition. Attempting to shift into crawler gear at high RPMs can cause damage to the transmission.

It certainly seems that using crawler gear in the new Bronco will be an easy process and one that those familiar with modern Ford manual transmissions will already be somewhat used to. For example, the Ford Mustang utilizes a pull-up collar for reverse, so this will essentially be second nature for some of us, and quite useful when we find ourselves in some sticky off-road situations.

We’ll have more on the Bronco very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JohnTaurus

    I find it interesting that the 6 speed Getrag manual transmission in my SVT Focus does not have a collar to engage reverse, even though it is up by 1st.

    I remember that a manual Mercury Cougar (2000?) did have such a collar. I fully expected the Focus to have one too, and it took a little getting used to when I bought it in January of this year. It’s easy to hit 3rd or reverse when going for first, if you’re not paying close enough attention.

    It is a joy to drive, though, and it has filled my need for a sporty, good handling little car with a manual transmission and a sunroof. I always thought that car would most likely be a Honda, but I ran upon this Focus and being a Ford man through-and-through, I naturally jumped on it. So far, it’s been a great drive!

    I am very much looking forward to the day when I bring home my new Bronco base 7MT 2D. It’ll be for a whole different kind of vehicular enjoyment! One I have missed since getting rid of my last 4×4 SUVs.


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