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The thought behind auto start/stop was a novel one. It could help you seamlessly and effortlessly save gasoline when stopped and, in turn, reduce emissions. But, while this was an innovative feature, it has become the bane of many drivers’ daily drives. This feature doesn’t always work as intended because the engine needs to boot up every time to get going. Instead of helping to make each drive more enjoyable and relaxing, the constant restarting grinds the gears of some drivers. If you particularly hate this feature, the SwitchBot is here to help!

What is the SwitchBot?

The SwitchBot is a small device available for purchase that can be programmed to do repetitive tasks. This small robot works through an app where you can set it up to do tasks when certain conditions are met. In the case of the auto start/stop feature, you can have the SwitchBot automatically hit the switch when you get into your car. This tool can turn off the feature right as you start the car, and you will not have to worry about hitting that button.

Are there cost-effective ways to stop this feature?

an obd port plug that can be used to access your car's ecu
Close-Up of an OBD2 Port | Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images

While this is undoubtedly the easiest way to get rid of auto start/stop, there are certainly a few other options. First of all, most drivers will handle this by simply pressing the button every time they get into the car and start the engine. This process can undoubtedly be a pain, but it is cost-effective. It’s free.

Consider a few options if you have a little extra money to spend and would like to do something more hidden. But, these methods do require you to spend a bit more money, so be warned.

Spend a bit more for a more permanent solution

a wiring harness that is found underneath your dashboard which controls everything for your car
A Wiring Harness | Picture Alliance via Getty Images

The first option would be an auto start/stop eliminator that can be plugged into your OBD2 port under your dash. This device plugs in remembers your preference, and ensures that the feature does not turn on. This tool does not change any settings in your car. This means it can be plugged in or unplugged from the OBD2 port at any time. Plus, it is compatible with a myriad of engines and remote start.

The final option requires more knowledge and effort but will also do the same. In this case, you will need to access the wiring underneath the steering wheel. You will want to plug the device between the gateway module and the wiring harness. Once plugged in, it will block out the auto start/stop feature from engaging. If you need to unplug it, don’t worry, it doesn’t make any changes to your car’s computer system. 

Turning off this feature can make your spend more

While auto start/stop can be an annoying feature, it does offer you some benefits. A CNN report from 2019 mentions that drivers spend an average of 54 hours a year in traffic. In terms of fuel usage and cost, that can cost more than $1,000 a year. If you have auto start/stop and use it, that can help you save quite a bit of money and fuel

The savings you can enjoy can ensure you can maybe treat yourself to a nice lunch or take a trip. Furthermore, with the auto start/stop enabled, you can also save some stress on your engine by idling when stopped. 

The auto start/stop feature is helpful but still annoying

a car fueling up at a gas station
A Car Fueling Up at a Gas Station | UCG via Getty Images

If you get annoyed with the engine turning off when you come to a stop and needing to restart when you hit the gas, consider using the SwitchBot to turn it off permanently. This small and affordable tool can certainly be a lifesaver if you don’t enjoy this feature. Or, you can can do one of the more permanent and hidden fixes that are available to you.

In either case, if it’s rather easy to to get rid of this technology with these solutions!


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