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.
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.
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.