start method affect?

Beginning with what year vehicles does this jump start method affect? 

May 17, 2020 6:30 AM
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So the auto stop/start feature effectively only works when the engine is up to temperature and starting it is much easier, causing less wear on the starter motor.

May 29, 2020 11:10 AM

My understanding is that the starter motor has been redesigned and tested to cope with the increased stresses of the additional starts, and the battery similarly redesigned to cope. I seem to recall reading that the starter motor on my vehicle is expected to cope with 150,000 starts?

May 29, 2020 11:11 AM


In addition, before the engine stops at say traffic lights when you are braked, a number of conditions have to be met - I recount the following from memory, there may well be more

  1. There needs to be fuel in the vehicle above a minimum threshold.
  2. Battery charge needs to be above a minimum threshold
  3. Engine temperature needs to be above a minimum threshold (relative to outside air temperature in my experience)

May 29, 2020 11:11 AM


Not necessarily ruin it, but it will wear it out pretty quickly.

When your engine is used normally you might start it once a day, perhaps twice a day, if you are busy ten times a day. Now just one trip through London with the auto stop/start enabled will see the starter used somewhere around 150 times!

May 29, 2020 11:14 AM


The thinking behind it is that it saves fuel and emissions that might otherwise be generated while the vehicle is idling away at a set of traffic lights. And it's rare, even when conditions are right, that a stop-start system will keep your vehicle's engine switched off for more than 90 seconds.

May 29, 2020 11:28 AM