On my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I frequently get the yellow "wrench" icon which appears on the LCD screen to the left of the speedometer. On approximately 25%-50% of the trips I take with the car, the wrench icon will be on by the end. (But then is gone next time I start the car.) The wrench usually turns on when I am on the freeway, and am accelerating or going uphill (or especially both). This has been happening for a couple months, and there is otherwise nothing wrong with the car; I am not experiencing any sort of trouble with it.
I took the car (which is still under warranty, and also under a service contract covering scheduled maintenance) to my Ford dealer, and he said it would cost $105, and I would have to leave the car overnight, merely to tell me what the wrench icon meant. This seemed like highway robbery just to read a code from a car which is still under warranty, so I declined.
I next took the car to an independent mechanic, who was willing to plug his OBD2 scanner into it for free, but he said it didn't find any stored code. (Since the wrench icon was not actually present at the time when I took the car to him, or to the Ford dealer.)
I decided I should just buy my own OBD2 scanner so I could just check the code myself the next time the wrench icon appears. So, I went to Pep Boys with the intention of buying an inexpensive OBD2 scanner. However, I talked to an employee at Pep Boys, and he claimed that an OBD2 scanner would NOT be able to read any codes related to the wrench icon. He claimed that OBD2 was ONLY for the actual "check engine" light (the engine-shaped idiot light that all cars from the past couple decades have), but that the wrench icon was something entirely different and wouldn't show up on the scanner. He claimed that only a much higher-end Ford-specific scanner (something in the $2000 price range, and not normally sold to consumers) could diagnose the wrench icon. He said the inexpensive OBD2 scanners sold at Pep Boys would be useless for my problem.
So, my primary question is: was the Pep Boys employee right? Is the wrench icon entirely different from the "check engine" light? Or should I ignore him and get an OBD2 scanner anyway?