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January 6, 2014

Stop-start systems covered by Autodata

Stop-start technology has become commonplace in modern vehicles but professional technicians should not fear – Autodata has expanded its content to enable workshops to service these systems. 

The BMW Group helped to popularise the technology, selling over half a million stop-start vehicles since 2006*. 

Mainstream manufacturers are now catching up, meaning there is an ever growing number of cars on the roads equipped with this fuel-saving technology. Many of these systems will require repairs or need to be disconnected when carrying out other maintenance. 

Autodata is always innovating in order to keep abreast of important trends in automotive technology and expands its content to ensure professional technicians can repair almost any vehicle presented to them.    

Earlier this year Autodata enhanced its online product offering to include technical information on vehicles with stop-start technology, one of the latest industry advancements to drive up fuel efficiency. 

The technology used in stop-start systems has advanced rapidly since its commercial debut in the late ‘90s – the number of vehicles now carrying this technology represents a growing source of revenue for repair and maintenance workshops. 

“It is not just about saving time on each job, we hope that our customers will never have to turn down business or be daunted by new technologies.”

Rod Williams, Autodata Chief Executive

The technical information provided by Autodata on its online system enables technicians to identify the specific location of key elements such as the main battery, additional battery and the stop-start capacitor. Procedures for disconnecting and reconnecting each element are clearly explained along with additional information for servicing the system.  

Whilst brilliantly efficient, stop-start does have its own technological complexities. In automotive terms, the different types of stop-start ignitions – for example the Toyota Yaris’ constant engagement between starter motor and flywheel ring gear – or the advanced battery technology can be complex and difficult for even seasoned technicians to identify.  

Rod Williams, Autodata’s Chief Executive, said: “Our job is to help maximise efficiency and ensure automotive professionals execute repairs correctly every time. We embrace the technological advancements taking place in automotive design and we pass our knowledge onto our customers to ensure they are in position to boost their businesses. 

It is not just about saving time on each job, we hope that our customers will never have to turn down business or be daunted by new technologies.”

The introduction of technical information on vehicles with stop-start technology and several further new features which are already under development, demonstrates Autodata’s commitment to continuously innovate and pioneer the provision of technical information to the automotive aftermarket industry.

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