Anyone with this feature who finds it an annoyance can remove it very easily. At positive post of battery is a connector which if unplugged does the job. A YouTube tip, not my own natural brilliance.
Sadly not. You can code it off in the relevant areas, but it still remains on. Apparently you are not legally allowed to switch it off (permanently) and so it would be an MoT failure in any case. I haven’t looked at the issue for a while, but as I mentioned, you can buy a device which you wire into the switch circuit which will keep the last setting, regardless of turning the ignition off. I had thought of making one, but not sure I can be bothered as I am training myself to switch it off each time I start the car.....oh well....Many thanks for the heads up on that; it did seem too easy. So coding can't dismiss it either. Bugger !
As most new cars are now coming with Electric Handbrakes many are coming with Autohold systems that operate the hydraulic pressure on all four wheels. Manual and Auto.Particularly the VAG group’s DSG gear boxes. It is however also a source of annoyance, particularly at night, for drivers in the vehicle behind, when the high level LED, high intensity brake lights remain illuminated. So dazzling if not blinding the following driver, or at very least destroying their night vision temporarily.
Sometimes I should follow my own advice. Having told Fleetfoot not to believe everything he sees on Youtube, I think I have fallen victim to believing everything I read on forums.Interested in the idea that S/S functioning is now being tested at MoT time? Is that something that applies to all cars with S/S fitted? Or only those after a certain date of registration?
Reason for asking is that our family’s KA has S/S, but I have it disabled through its dashboard settings menu. So it never actually kicks in. Does that count as permanent?
If it’s operation is being enforced by MoT, that appears to be a particularly dumb requirement? As S/S is proven in real world driving to actually INCREASE overall emissions, especially for petrol engines. Particularly during short, urban journeys. The very situation where it is expected to operate the most. Because each stop at say traffic lights, allows the exhaust catalytic converter to fall well below its “light-off temperature”. Below which it does not actually work to reduce the most harmful exhaust emissions. Then takes 1 to 2 miles of further driving, before the cat gets back up to light-off temp. By which time, another traffic light stop will likely have intervened to allow the temp to fall again. So in a typical urban journey pattern in the real world, the cat never actually functions. Also recalling that S/S only shows a tiny fuel saving in the discredited urban test regime, where the vehicle spends a total of over 30% of each journey stopped.
There's a mountain of experience to be found on forums, much of it sound. A great deal of the electronic info is well out of my domain, but when it comes to the knuckle skinning stuff, I can pick out what's good advice and tips on how to.Sometimes I should follow my own advice. Having told Fleetfoot not to believe everything he sees on Youtube, I think I have fallen victim to believing everything I read on forums.
Some months ago when I was actively looking at switching off stop/start systems, I read on another forum, can’t remember if it was Pistonheads or one of the other VAG forums that these were an MoT requirement. Having checked everywhere just now, I can‘t see any reference to that and so I am sure that Bryetian is right. It was also mentioned that disabling S/S was against European law, but I can’t find any reference to that either.
It is interesting that Ross-Tech will not discuss the matter of disabling stop/start with any of the many enquiries it receives on the subject, quoting that it is against US law. Further research on that reveals that it is indeed against US law but that there is no system in place to govern that.
So Fleetfoot, the best advice now, is not to believe everything you see on Youtube or what you read on forums, especially the stuff I write. 🤨🤨
Would that perhaps would be another of those many, pesky EU laws that we don't need to adhere to now? Like bendy bananas? Oh, wait - those "EU laws" that never actually existed in the first place! Only in the minds of some well known liars in the UKIP and Con parties and/or totally made up by sections of the media like the Mail and Express, to fill a space when they couldn't find any real news. That were repeated often enough by other sections of the media and political sh1t stirrers until they became "truth by repetition".It was also mentioned that disabling S/S was against European law, but I can’t find any reference to that either.
Much like the rest of the EU countries, ignore the rules that don't suit them and no one else will bad an eyelid as their doing the same, but the UK seamed to want to stick to them.When we moan about EU laws to the German section of the family the reply is, "If you don't like a law ignore it, Germany does".