Mazda I-stop Explained – Idling Stop
What is Mazda i-stop Technology
Mazdas i-stop saves fuel by automatically switching off the engine while you’re stopped.
When the engine is it an operating temperature and you come to a complete stop, i-stop will automatically switch off the engine.
The system keeps the engine ready to ignite, so when you lift your foot off the brakes the engine restarts almost instantly and you’re ready to go.
To temporarily deactivated i-stop, press the i-stop off switch. Note the system reactivates each time you turn off the car.
How Does Mazda i-stop Technology Work
SKYACTIV technology not only helps with fuel efficiency but lessens your carbon footprint as well because one of the key aspects of SKYACTIV technology is i-stop.
Say you’re traveling along and you’re stuck in a traffic jam, approaching an intersection or set of lights. Simply put your foot on the brake, and i-stop automatically kills the engine.
Without touching the steering wheel, turning your keys or hitting the start/stop button.
Simply take your foot off the brake, i-stop switches the engine back on and you’re off.
Mazdas i-stop uses combustion to restart the engine in roughly half the time of other conventional systems. That’s pretty impressive.
There’s a lot of smarts behind i-stop and it’s all there in your owner’s manual but here’s a few things to keep in mind.
I-stop needs a base amount of charge to function, so it becomes operational after the engines warmed up. I-stop is ready when its indicator light eliminates green in the dash.
The other thing to remember is that i-stop only works when you’ve applied the brake and you’re holding it down.
The steering wheel needs to be reasonably straight, if you turn the wheel significantly when pulling up i-stop wont cut the engine out.
Also, if you got the air conditioning on maximum settings i-stop wont work. It also won’t work if you’re on an incline, if you’re in reverse, if the doors are open or if the driver’s seat belt is unfastened.
If you decide at any stage that you want to override the i-stop system, you just simply press the button on the right hand side of the dash and the engine operates as per normal.
Again, check the owner’s manual for all the details on i-stop functionality.