Hi EL,How exactly the engine start stop system works. I know the engine will be off during traffic signal. How this engine stop is different from when you first start the engine.
Can't you 'turn it off''?, as far as I'm aware stop/start is an option, and not permanently enabled.Mine has stop/start gets on my nerves.... Its a Vauxhall mokka... There is a space on the tacho where the rev counter sits.. If you touch the brake or clutch the engine re-starts.... If you accidentally stall the car.. It re-starts... For it to work a traffic lights, with the foot or handbrake on out of gear, then it shuts down as soon as you release the clutch... Virtually anything re-starts the engine... Even if the fan cuts in..
Hi Ian,Yep!! There's a switch on the center console...But one time only... You have to press it every journey... I forget or can't be arsed... I'm starting to live with it... The other feature that "does me nut in" is the "auto handbrake" for hill starts.... Never needed it, but the car decides I do!!
My main concern is the ring gear... The car is a CDI ( diesel ).. The flywheel is one of those weighted, anti vibration, cost an arm and a leg, ones... Ring gears wear in two places only, because a four cylinder engine stops on the compression stroke., there are two worn area's... Constant stop/start will cause this issue to amplify.. This means an early flywheel change...Apart from the annoyance with start/stop, I always worry about the wear and tear, especially on the engine, but also the battery, and starting system.
I am thinking of getting an electric starter for my ole car.I too hate the electric parking brake and my wife will not even try to drive the car. It seems to work OK on a hill start if you have a clear run but edging up to a junction on a hill is very difficult. You either have to hold it on the clutch or be very quick transferring from the accelerator to the foot brake. The time taken to find the button for the parking brake and the slow opperation compared with a propper handbrake the car would have rolled back. When I was looking for a new car about a year ago I had totaly rulled out ones with the stop/ start system. (Although looking into how the system worked I found that they did not use the old bendix gear system but a combined alternator and starter motor that avoided the need for the bendix gear.)
Didn't you consider all this before you bought the car?Yep!! There's a switch on the center console...But one time only... You have to press it every journey... I forget or can't be arsed... I'm starting to live with it... The other feature that "does me nut in" is the "auto handbrake" for hill starts.... Never needed it, but the car decides I do!!