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What's happening with stop-start? On my current and previous brand-new cars - Ford Focus and now a VW Golf - the start-stop system stopped working after about three weeks. On the Focus it worked for about another two weeks with a battery charge.
Eventually we paid for a new battery at the garage's suggestion. It wasn't covered by warranty according to Ford head office whom we had it out with. That also worked only for a few weeks. I drove it without for nearly all of the two years I had it.
Same is happening now with the Golf after three weeks. It should work. It's part of the car specs and it's good with my DSG gearbox. Have I the right to insist this be fixed or am I nitpicking? The car is four weeks old.
I'm also getting conflicting information on whether to put the car in neutral or drive on short stops at lights etc. when start-stop isn't working.
This is doing my head in and I'd really appreciate your help.
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My warning to change the engine oil is on even though I have only done only a few hundred miles since new!
Filed under fault - Asked by Luk Comanescu (Cahir Co. Tipperary) - Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:53
I have a 2017 Hyundai Tucson and the auto stop-start button has a light on it at startup and the light on the dash is amber permanently. When I press the stop-start button nothing happens, the light remains on. None of the stop-start functions have worked for a while but I put that down to not driving a lot during lockdown. I’m now beginning to suspect there is a fault.
Filed under fault - Asked by Justina Plaxton (Hull) - Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:21
Is the 1.4 TSI engine in the Skoda Octavia 2013 model reliable and what mileage is it good for?
Filed under fault - Asked by Willie Keogh (Wexford) - Tue, 26 Jan 2021 23:51
I own a 2012 imported Honda Fit Hybrid. On extended journeys, or if the air conditioning is on for an extended period, the IMA light comes on. It always turns off after the car is turned off and on again and doesn't impact on the car's performance. I bought a cheap Bluetooth scanner but it cannot detect any engine codes. I had a new battery put in but the light still comes on on occasion. Any ideas?
Filed under fault - Asked by John M (Dublin) - Sun, 13 Dec 2020 16:06
I own a Mark 7 Fiesta that comes with the stop-start button. As I was driving, the light came up saying that the stop-start has been turned off, and I am unable to put it back on again. The light is on and will not turn off. I have read up on possible fixes and attempted most but nothing has helped. I did not have heating or AC running, or lights on. Neither was I doing anything out of the normal. Do you know anything else that may cause this?
Filed under fault - Asked by Ricky-Lee Morgan (Gloucestershire ) - Fri, 09 Oct 2020 18:23
I drive a six-year-old Tiguan. Recently I noticed the clutch failing to return to normal position when I change gear. Doesn't happen all the time. I pull the clutch up with my toe.
Filed under fault - Asked by Gemma Dunne (Dublin) - Thu, 11 Jun 2020 23:46
I have a 2015 Insignia 1.6 CDTi Ecoflex. The stop-start system only works when the battery is charged manually and then stops after a few days. New battery fitted by dealer six months ago.
Filed under fault - Asked by Brian Lochrie - Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:09
I was going up hill to join a motorway and I’m guessing I was in too high gear, then my warning light and engine light came on and then a message telling me that to stop-start had been deactivated. The warning lights remained for the rest of the journey. Can you tell me what happened? I have a 2013 Fiat 500L.
Filed under fault - Asked by Tanya Palluotto (Stevenage ) - Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:56
I have a 2016 1.4 petrol Fiat 500X MultiAir. My stop-start system says it is not available and drive mode unavailable with symbols for start-stop and engine fault on the dashboard. This has been happening on and off for some time. The car just seems to reset after a week or so. I have done 58,000 miles and it has just passed its NCT and has had a service.
Filed under fault - Asked by Ann Godfrey (Irvine) - Sun, 26 Jul 2020 13:34