How to Disable Auto Start-Stop on the Ford F-150

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford F-150, Guides & How Tos, Technology on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 10:42 pm
2021 Ford F-150 in field

Turning Off the F-150’s Engine Automatic Start-Stop Feature

If you own a Ford F-150 truck, your vehicle might come equipped with a feature that’s designed to cut down on emissions and lower fuel costs throughout the life of your vehicle. Available on select F-150 trucks, the Auto Start-Stop system automatically cuts power to the engine while idling, such as at a red light or while in line at the drive-thru. If you’re not in the mood to save money, the Auto Start-Stop on the Ford F-150 can be disabled without much hassle at all.

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Ford Auto Start-Stop Button

How to Turn Off the Auto Start-Stop Feature

Turning the Auto Start-Stop feature off in the Ford F-150 is really quite easy. In fact, you won’t have to sift through a single menu or settings screen to get the job done. You can disable this feature using the Auto Start-Stop button (pictured right), which is generally located on the dashboard above your central touchscreen display.

Please note that Auto Start-Stop will reset to the ON position each time you shut off the vehicle.

Ford Auto Start-Stop Dashboard

Why Is My Auto Start-Stop Not Working?

A green Auto Start-Stop icon will be illuminated in your instrument cluster display when the Auto Start-Stop system has cut off engine power. If you notice Engine Auto Start-Stop isn’t kicking in at a stop, don’t fret. There are a number of reasons a perfectly functional start-stop system may not turn off the engine while idling. Auto Start-Stop will not shut your engine off at every stop if:

  • the engine is still warming up.
  • the outside temperature is too hot or too cold.
  • the head and air conditioning is in high use.

Your engine may also restart if necessary to maintain interior comfort or to recharge the battery. Auto Start-Stop will also be automatically disabled if you’re towing a trailer or using the 4H or 4L feature of the four-wheel drive system.

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