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WATCH | Here's what you should know about start-stop tech in cars

2019-11-19 14:52

Robin Classen

Stop Start button

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Start-stop technology is becoming a frequent feature in most cars because of its economical and eco-friendly advantages that can be had.

It is most commonly found in cars with automatic transmissions, switching off the engine as soon as the brake pedal is engaged and the car comes to a complete stop. It can then be re-engaged by simply lifting your foot off of the brake pedal.

Pros and cons

According to Varta Automotive, the battery plays an important part in the start-stop functionality of a car and fitting the wrong one could potentially cause bigger problems.

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Just like the engine is the heart of any car, so too is the battery of electrical components. Everything from the alarm system to electric windows require current levels to flow as it should.

Many people still argue if there really are fuel-saving benefits to be had from stopping and then starting your car again, especially in bumper to bumper traffic.

Because the system is fairly new, there haven't been any major issues reported, with most people just simply deactivating it and driving without 'hiccups'.

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