Oct 29th, 2011, 12:31 AM
I'm quickly growing to love my new Clubman and all it's characteristics.
One thing is puzzling me though.
I like the auto stop start feature but should it also start automatically by itself.
About four or five times now, when I stop the car cuts out but when I'm stationary without pressing the clutch the car just starts up.
Is this normal or just an quirk of the car?
Oct 29th, 2011, 01:10 AM
It can do it under certain circumstances, how is your battery condition as this is the main reason for it reactivating prematurely, it does restart after a certain time anyway if left long enough
Oct 29th, 2011, 01:41 AM
Hi thanks for the quick response.
It just seems weird that it may start by itself.
It's a good feature when I'm waiting at lights but a bit of a worry if I've just parked and popped out for a few minutes. Especially worrying if I've got my girls in the car at the time.
Don't know about the battery sorry, but the car is relatively new if that's any help.
Oct 29th, 2011, 07:16 AM
It shouldn't restart if you leave the vehicle, as seeing the door open cancels the stop start, im sure it does.
Oct 29th, 2011, 09:00 AM
Another thing that switches off the stop/start is taking off your seat belt - I visit properties up farm tracks through multiple gates and I enjoy 'annoying' the car by not wearing my belt then. But it definitely prevents the stop/start from working.
The car restarting on its own seems pretty rare but there are a few circumstances when it will - for example, if you queueing down a hill and roll forward in neutral, the engine will restart at about 3mph (just as well, as it brings back the power steering with it). Another time is if you stop with a hot engine - I think if you suddenly stop, the computer thinks the engine isn't too hot just at that moment, so it allows the stop/start to work, but then the heat built up in the engine pushes up its temperature and the computer restarts the engine to stop it overheating.
I'm not sure that "popping" out of a car containing children while leaving the ignition switched on is a great idea, whether the engine is running or not - a press on the start button before you get out would fix that problem, just as you would turn off the engine of another car.