Start-stop is a feature in some vehicles which turns off the engine in prolonged idle such as waiting at a red light and automatically restarting it when the brake pedal is released. The intent is to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
Some people get used to this seemingly unnatural behavior. Other people hate and even despise it. At issue is whether the extra wear and tear shortens the life of the battery and starter motor.
Some vehicles allowing disabling start-stop in the vehicle configuration options. Others have a button on the dashboard; pushing it soon after starting the engine disables start-stop until the next time the vehicle is turned off and back on.
It has been previously reported that some vehicles equipped for towing disables start-stop when it detects a connection to the trailer lighting socket.
On the Car Pro radio show this morning, the host reported that shifting into low when stopped at a light disables start-stop on the vehicle he was driving. As they like to say, your mileage may vary…