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Hi, just wondering if I can turn on/off the S mode while driving, would that cause damage? Or it must be turned on/off when it's in a complete stop?

Not sure if it's like shifting transmission, I just know one should never change gear selection when moving.

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It's perfectly fine to turn it off and on while driving.

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The transmission is 100% computer controlled.  It won’t do anything that could cause damage.

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I turn it off/on all the time while driving.

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I have a 2016 Sport and I would not recommend doing this but I have had my transmission accidentally kicked into reverse and park when driving at 60 to 70 mph on the highway....This has happened several times by children playing in the car by accident. Guess what happened? Nothing the car went into neutral as a failsafe and I had to step on the brake to shift it back into gear while still at speed. Thank Ford for that safety feature or I may have needed a new transmission, crashed, or worse. The kiddos won't do that anymore.... I had a nice talk with them  Lol. Shifting from Drive to Sport and back while driving is fin, no problem.

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On 9/5/2020 at 4:53 PM, Xtra said:

I have a 2016 Sport and I would not recommend doing this but I have had my transmission accidentally kicked into reverse and park when driving at 60 to 70 mph on the highway....This has happened several times by children playing in the car by accident. Guess what happened? Nothing the car went into neutral as a failsafe and I had to step on the brake to shift it back into gear while still at speed. Thank Ford for that safety feature or I may have needed a new transmission, crashed, or worse. The kiddos won't do that anymore.... I had a nice talk with them  Lol. Shifting from Drive to Sport and back while driving is fin, no problem.

Yup modern cars have no mechanical interface between driver and power-train. The shift selector is all electronic and operator input is run through the PCM before any drive-line output is performed. Sport mode is unrelated since it is not a gear selection. The button just happens to be in the center of the shift wheel but could just as well have been placed on the steering wheel or the dash. Think opposite of eco-mode in other models. 

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On 9/5/2020 at 4:53 PM, Xtra said:

I have a 2016 Sport and I would not recommend doing this but I have had my transmission accidentally kicked into reverse and park when driving at 60 to 70 mph on the highway....This has happened several times by children playing in the car by accident. Guess what happened? Nothing the car went into neutral as a failsafe and I had to step on the brake to shift it back into gear while still at speed. Thank Ford for that safety feature or I may have needed a new transmission, crashed, or worse. The kiddos won't do that anymore.... I had a nice talk with them  Lol. Shifting from Drive to Sport and back while driving is fin, no problem.

Yea, saw that on Youtube, people did tests shifting to P or R while driving, and nothing happened, but even so I dare not try it.

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