Strange Alerts when "Stay In Neutral" activated.

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austin-tatious

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Took our new to us 2017 black label 3.0 T to the car wash for the first time (maybe the last). Made sure rain sensing was turned off, put it in "Stay in Neutral" as it started through. All of a sudden, the dreaded wrench symbol appeared and power train issue notifications started popping up. The one I remember most was the all wheel drive not working alert. What is that? I did not touch anything since we're being passively moved through the wash. When the car was all clear of the car wash track I put it in drive and off we go. The alerts stopped but I think the wrench symbol stayed for a bit. I don't remember if I turned the car off and then restarted when I got to a place to safely stop or not. However, the wrench symbol is gone now.

What should I make of this?

Thanks!
 

austin-tatious

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Two more things:
First, I put the car in stay in neutral in the driveway which as a little slope, verified by flashing N on the gear select stack. Let it coast down the slope about 15 ft. No alerts.
Second, could I have failed to get it in to stay in neutral and it was just in neutral? I don't remember if I saw the flashing N or not when in the car wash.
 
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bbf2530

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Two more things:
First, I put the car in stay in neutral in the driveway which as a little slope, verified by flashing N on the gear select stack. Let it coast down the slope about 15 ft. No alerts.
Second, could I have failed to get it in to stay in neutral and it was just in neutral? I don't remember if I say the flashing N or not.

Hi austin. Yes, sounds as though you may have answered your own question. It is entirely possible you did not actually engage "Stay in Neutral Mode" and were still in regular "N"/Neutral, which was why you received the warning lights when the car rolled forward through the car wash.

If you did not open the drivers door after engaging plain old "Neutral", the transmission would have stayed in Neutral and possibly lit up the dash like a Christmas tree when the vehicle started moving.

Give it another try next time you go to the car wash.

Or alternately, try this test: Pull or back your car into your sloped driveway again...whichever will allow it to roll forward a good distance while in Neutral, without going through the garage/house. 😉
Place the transmission in regular "N"/Neutral this time. Then let it roll forward down the driveway again, and see if the dash lights up.

Or if your driveway is not very long, try this experiment on a hill, so the car can roll a similar distance to how far it rolled in the car wash.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.
 
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