A Confused Manual Gearbox Could Lead To Loss Of Traction Control, Safety Features In Some Ford Mustangs


Ford has just initiated a recall that affects the owners of 2019-2020 Ford Mustangs equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 and the manual transmission.

In all, the automaker must recall 25,032 vehicles made between January 18, 2018, and December 16, 2020, because of a fault in the transmission that reared its head when Ford introduced new rev-matching software in 2019.

It has since been discovered that in some driving scenarios, “including clutch slip causing incorrect ratio, extended reverse driving due to miscalibration of odd/even shift gates, and customer modifications,” confusion between the gear position sensor and the estimated gear calculation in the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) could lead to a degraded signal, according to the NHTSA. Such degradation of signals would then be interpreted by the PCM as a fault.

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That could, in turn, lead to all kinds of issues for the Mustang. If the fault signal is received by the modules controlling the backup camera, the reverse lamps, or the driver assistance features, the PCM may disable those features.

That means that not only might the camera and backup lights stop working, but the forward collision warning, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic warning, and even the traction control could stop functioning as well.

Any of these systems not working could increase the risk of a crash. To fix the issue, Ford technicians will simply update the PCM software. Customers will have to bring their vehicle in to the dealership to have that update completed, naturally free of charge.


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