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Old 01-03-2013, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't seem to get auto stop. But it"s been cold here. Is it dependent on ambient temp? I drove around for an hour or so and the car was fully warmed up.
It worked prior to me disassembling and balancing the cells. I also tried getting the climate control to show a code but doesn't respond to pushing the auto and off buttons.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, low ambient temp sensor will make autostop quit.
You can move the sensor closer to a warmer location such as adjacent the radiator in the linked photo; some detach wire fasteners and move the sensor inside the engine bay; others put in a resistor to alter the signal.
Seems like normal operation in cold and the cell balancing could be coincidental to the low temps.
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I also tried getting the climate control to show a code but doesn't respond to pushing the auto and off buttons.
The sequence of testing the a/c:
1. Turn the ignition switch 'On'.
2. Press the 'Auto' button and then the 'Off' button.
3. Continue to hold both buttons down.

If there are errors a bar will FLASH in the digital display pattern at left alternatively with the number '88' on the A/C screen on the dash. Perhaps none to show as all is well.

You could induce 'forced-autostop' FAS with a device that MikeD sells. One sold fast recently on IC.
I use FAS as part of Mima but not so much now in cold weather when the car does need the heat.
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According to the manual auto stop will stop working around 40F is the climate control is running. I seem to get auto stop at much colder temps, but usually I have the climate control turned off.
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According to the manual auto stop will stop working around 40F is the climate control is running. I seem to get auto stop at much colder temps, but usually I have the climate control turned off.
My 2005 autostop stopped working when it got cold here. ..... 60F. (Hey, this is SOUTH Florida, 40 is really COLD to us!)

I moved the sensor next to where the ground cables mount in front of the battery and all is well. The sensor contacts were pretty dirty looking so that might have offset the sensor resistance. I cleaned them with some contact cleaner.
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My 2005 autostop stopped working when it got cold here. ..... 60F. (Hey, this is SOUTH Florida, 40 is really COLD to us!)

I moved the sensor next to where the ground cables mount in front of the battery and all is well. The sensor contacts were pretty dirty looking so that might have offset the sensor resistance. I cleaned them with some contact cleaner.
Can't resist commenting on the 60 degree "coldness." Northern Ohio is hardly the Arctic, but yesterday it warmed up to around 20 and felt pretty good.... My 2013--granted it IS practically new--has been doing autostop once the engine is good and warm in ambient temperatures as low as 10 degrees. Just shows that there is a range in autostop control based on several factors. It may be possible that different "eras" or year-models of Insights have different settings or parameters for utilizing autostop, and as the previous poster notes, condition of the components definitely can make a difference.
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Can't resist commenting on the 60 degree "coldness." Northern Ohio is hardly the Arctic, but yesterday it warmed up to around 20 and felt pretty good.... My 2013--granted it IS practically new--has been doing autostop once the engine is good and warm in ambient temperatures as low as 10 degrees. Just shows that there is a range in autostop control based on several factors. It may be possible that different "eras" or year-models of Insights have different settings or parameters for utilizing autostop, and as the previous poster notes, condition of the components definitely can make a difference.
This is the time of year when we kid the people who are in colder areas of the country. You notice we don't mention the alligators and/or crocodiles in the swimming pools or Burmese pythons eating everything in the everglades etc. We also have some crazy vultures from up north that come down here to eat rubber trim and windshield wiper blades from parked cars!!
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