How Effective and Useful Is Stop-Start Technology?

December 14th, 2018 by

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A growing number of modern engines have been outfitted with a stop-start system that aims to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling, thereby reducing gas consumption and emissions. But is this new technology better for engines in the long haul? Will it wear out an engine’s components faster? There’s a lot of debate as to whether or not saving a minor amount of gasoline is worth the constant usage of the other parts under the hood.

The Pros and Cons of Stop-Start Technology

We all want to save gas. That’s not only a truth from the standpoint of making sure we lower our carbon footprint to help the Earth, but something everyone wants. Reducing car emissions is one useful perk attached to stop-start technology, aside from saving owners gasoline, but at what cost? As SUVs and crossovers have taken over the market, cars have not been the first choice among consumers as they once were. A way to help overcome the issues of fuel efficiency a larger vehicle might face was the addition of stop-start technology. Starters in vehicles were used to handling roughly four or five starts a day, but now, this important component has to handle ten times as many startups with this technology.

How Beneficial is Stop-Start Technology for Owners?

Frequent usage of the parts that turn an engine off and on can wear down those components. The normal wear and tear is sped up, but engineers have addressed this problem as well with newly designed bearings that are far superior at self-lubricating and are slicker than normal bearings. Better self-lubrication should help engines remain protected. The argument for the technology is understood and at the end of the day, it’s better for drivers and the world as a whole. Fewer trips to the gas station, more money in the owner’s pocket as well. So how does this stop-start technology work?

How Stop-Start Technology Operates

The automatic stop/start with an automatic transmission engages when the driver holds the brake pedal down after arriving to a complete stop. This sends a signal tp the stop-start system to turn off the engine. Raising the foot off the brake pedal (and, on some systems, utilizing the steering wheel) will start up the engine, quickly starting by the time the driver’s foot reaches for the accelerator pedal. With a manual transmission, moving to neutral and freeing the clutch usually turns off the engine; pushing in the clutch pedal causes the engine to start back up, and the car is ready to go by the time the driver has the vehicle in gear.

Some engines might restart if the climate control system requires supplementary heating or cooling. This is simply because the system could also deactivate if the weather outside is above or under a certain temperature. Based on Edmunds research, the numbers are around 3-5% of gas saved thanks to this technology. Does this new technology seem like something worth getting into?

Come to Driver’s for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Don’t be scared to try this new technology as stop-start technology is safe and effective for both the vehicle and a driver’s wallet. From a wonderful selection of fuel-efficient vehicles to our friendly sales team, we want to welcome you to Driver’s Auto Mart. Driver’s Auto Mart only carries the finest quality and low mileage pre-owned cars and trucks that you’re sure to embrace as if they are new.

Driver’s Auto Mart is your superstore choice in located in Davie, Florida. Our customers always come first. Call us for any questions at (954) 945-7618 or stop by 5355 S University Dr, Davie, Florida. We can’t wait to help you finance, buy or sell your vehicle with us!