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Auto stop disengage

I have been putting my car in neutral as I get to a traffic light for 40 years. This stops my Chevy Equinox is use for work from turning off by auto stop.
 

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Best thing we can all do is lodge complaints to https://www.nhtsa.gov so that GM is forced to defeat the auto stop upong request on vehicles that to not have an override. Don't think for a moment that because they say they can't disable it that it's not possible, it's a computer and can be reprogrammed to do whatever they want i to.

I put in my complaint on my 2019 Equinox...
 

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I live in the DC Metro area and we have bad rush hour traffic. To be honest, I'm kind of used to the stop/start but things like the AC running now being summer reduces the engine stopping. As mentioned above, changing the gear to Neutral should keep it running as you brake.
 

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Shifting into neutral is just putting excessive wear on the trans. by going in/out of gear.
Shift into M instead, it will stay running.
 

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I haven't tried it but the procedure is to put the gear shift into L instead of D. Then tap the + button on the gear shift repeatedly to change the center dashboard gear display from 1 to 6 (or 9). That apparently allows the transmission to shift normally. It needs done each time you start the car, though.

 

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L9 is the norm here and has been since took delivery of ours new...
 

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And keep in mind for a lot of in town trips you don't need much over third gear so just punch the + button three times or so.
 

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I don't get it, because you cannot control it, you have over 12 pages on how evil it is. It's like wearing a mask, because some places require you to wear a mask to protect other people, some people get upset.

I have numerous vehicles from my 2019 terrain to my 2010 Mercedes, all with autostart, and the majority time, I find it impossible to notice any difference.

It saves gas and the environment, in Bellingham, some idiot decided we need 2 minute red lights, which in general sounds good until you have to go through 10 different lights to travel 2 miles.
 

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I've always heard to allow a turbocharged motor to idle for a brief time before shutting it off. The auto stop feature may shorten the life of the turbo charger by baking oil on bearings. The auto stop feature is also hard on the starter and battery - neither of which appear to be designed for so many cycles. I'm hoping to keep this vehicle for a long time.
 

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Tje coking of the bearings is not an issue... According to someone on this forum. Yrs, everyone agrees about the shortening of the life of the starter motor, bu5 i don't plan to keep mine long enough for it to come into play.
 

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Once again. . . I must say. . . once reason we bought a 2019 GMC Acadia SLT-1 with 3.6L V6 engine. No Auto Stop/Start, No turbo. . . . No premium gas like what is "preferred" in the 2.0L turbo, No worries about associated turbo stresses, wear and tear and still get 22 MPG in mixed city driving and up to +28 to 32 MPG highway.
Also, got it very nicely appointed for $30,779 rather than the $40,845 MSRP.
 
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From the pics of the now-delayed 2021 Equinox it has a button to disable the autostop/autostart "feature". It's apparently now delayed until 2021 and will be sold as a 2022 model year so I guess there will not be a 2021 Equinox.
 

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But JayTee...people with the 1.5L engine are getting highway mileage of "up to" 200 MPG ! YMMV !!! LOL
 

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I've always heard to allow a turbocharged motor to idle for a brief time before shutting it off. The auto stop feature may shorten the life of the turbo charger by baking oil on bearings. The auto stop feature is also hard on the starter and battery - neither of which appear to be designed for so many cycles. I'm hoping to keep this vehicle for a long time.
My 2 cents on this...I'll think we'll be fine. When turbos were first seen on production cars in the late 70s and 80s, the procedure of allowing the engine to idle before shutting down was valid. Many improvements in cooling and lubricating turbos, especially the use of synthetic oils , which our Equinox's have, have altered that advice. Also the starter motors and especially the use of AGM battery technology, which our Equinox's have, also has dramaticaly altered these components.
 

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My 2 cents on this...I'll think we'll be fine. When turbos were first seen on production cars in the late 70s and 80s, the procedure of allowing the engine to idle before shutting down was valid. Many improvements in cooling and lubricating turbos, especially the use of synthetic oils , which our Equinox's have, have altered that advice. Also the starter motors and especially the use of AGM battery technology, which our Equinox's have, also has dramaticaly altered these components.
Absolutely agreed. Sadly, too much of the hard-earned knowledge I've gained over the years is now obsolete and occasionally dangerous due to changes in technologies and I need to keep reminding myself of that.
 
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