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What does it mean when your car says transmission failsafe?

What does it mean when your car says transmission failsafe?

Very simply, this warning means “Transmission Failsafe Program,” a feature that only applies to automatic transmissions. Failsafe mode can come with a number of different labels such as;

What to do when your transmission light comes on?

When your light comes on, cut down on the amount of driving you’re doing until you get the light off. Prolonged driving with transmission issues can turn a $20 fix into a $2000 fix in no time. F-150s have two different ways of notifying you of transmission trouble before it goes kaput.

Why does my transmission fault light keep flashing?

If this light is flashing, you have transmission codes. For those of you who don’t know, DTC stands for Diagnostic Trouble Code. When your vehicle starts malfunctioning, its computer will pick up on it and analyze the problem and store the code.

What to do when your transmission goes into failsafe mode?

Depending on the reason your transmission has gone into failsafe mode, you may be able to turn the engine off and back on and drive normally for a time, perform a vehicle-specific reset, or you may need a technician with specialist diagnostic equipment to plug into your car’s computer and turn failsafe mode off that way.

What to do when transmission warning light comes on?

One of the first things you should do if your transmission warning light comes on is to check the transmission fluid, if possible.

What does it mean when your car says Trans failsafe?

Things like faults in the instrument cluster (where your warning lights and speedometer is), blown fuses, and even a failure in the transmission control module (the computer that controls the transmission) itself can all cause “Trans. Failsafe.”

Is it safe to drive with the transmission temperature down?

You need to let your transmission cool down. Checking your transmission fluid can help you to determine if your transmission is overheating. Transmission fluid isn’t like engine oil – it doesn’t burn up under normal circumstances. If the fluid level is down, then there is a very good chance that something is wrong.

Is it safe to drive with traction control light on?

If the only light illuminated on the dash is the traction control light, chances are it’s fairly safe to drive. If it’s wet or slippery outside, you’ll want to take extra care when accelerating or taking turns. In these conditions, the vehicle may behave unpredictably.

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Ruth Doyle