Auto Start Stop is a feature on the Ford Kuga / Ford Escape that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by shutting down the engine when your vehicle is idling, when for example waiting at traffic lights. The engine automatically restarts when the clutch pedal is pressed, or when the vehicle calls for the engine to restart if for example, the battery is running low and requires recharging.
Using the Ford Kuga Auto Start Stop System
To obtain the maximum benefit from the Auto start stop system, if you are stationary from 3 seconds or longer follow this procedure:
- Stop your vehicle.
- Shift into neutral.
- Release the clutch pedal.
- Release the accelerator pedal.
Ford Kuga Start Stop System Not Working
There are certain conditions where the Ford Kuga start stop system may not be working. These conditions are:
- To maintain interior climate of the vehicle.
- Low battery voltage has been detected.
- The outside temperature is too low or too high. Start Stop system only operated when outside temperature is within the operating temperature limits of the system.
- The driver door has been opened.
- Low engine operating temperature. Start Stop system only operates when the engine is warm.
- Low brake system vacuum.
- If a road speed of 3 mph (5 km/h) has not been exceeded.
- The driver safety belt has not been secured.
Auto Start Stop System Amber
When the auto-start-stop indicator flashes amber, shift into neutral or press the clutch pedal. If the system detects a malfunction, it will switch off. Have your vehicle checked by an authorised dealer. When you switch the system off, the switch will illuminate.
Auto Start Stop System Green
The auto-start-stop light indicator will illuminate green when the system is in use and engine shuts down.
Start Stop Vehicle Battery
Owning a Ford Kuga / Ford Escape with the Start Stop system requires a different battery. If replacing the battery, it must be replaced by one of exactly the same specification as the original.