What to Do When You Get a Powertrain Malfunction Warning

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford, Guides & How Tos on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at 10:43 pm
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What Does the Wrench Light Mean on Ford Vehicles?

The wrench warning light on Ford vehicles is the powertrain malfunction indicator light. When it illuminates, it means that the computer has detected an issue with your vehicle’s powertrain or four-wheel-drive system. It is recommended that you have the system checked by your nearest authorized dealer as soon as possible. You can keep reading for more information on the powertrain malfunction indicator in Ford vehicles from the team at Akins Ford.

Ford Wrench Powertrain Malfunction Light

Can you drive with a powertrain malfunction light?

A powertrain malfunction light should be taken seriously, as allowing a serious issue to persist can lead to costly repairs to your engine, transmission, or drivetrain in the long run. You should consider having the car towed straight to an authorized dealer rather than driving if you notice any changes in your vehicle’s performance like engine shaking or reduced power. In cases where you are towing a heavy load and/or driving up a steep grade, a powertrain malfunction light may be telling you to ease off to avoid overheating. If the problem resolves itself the warning may go away.

It’s possible that your vehicle might enter Fail-Safe Mode shortly after the powertrain malfunction light illuminates. Fail-Safe Mode automatically limits engine power so that you can safely maneuver your vehicle off the road without causing any further damage to your vehicle’s components. If this happens, you should only continue to drive as long as necessary to bring your vehicle to rest in a safe location and seek immediate repairs.

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