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I just bought a 2021 KIA Seltos and I forgot what my sales guy explained on how to turn off the engine stop/go feature. I don’t want it because it will probably shorten the life of the battery and, maybe the starter. I don’t want to end up having a dead battery in a heavy traffic condition on a snowy night in a Chicago expressway. I know, I still have to RTFM but has anyone permanently disable this feature? I remember the sales guy mentioned that it is on by default every time you start the engine!
 

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I just bought a 2021 KIA Seltos and I forgot what my sales guy explained on how to turn off the engine stop/go feature. I don’t want it because it will probably shorten the life of the battery and, maybe the starter. I don’t want to end up having a dead battery in a heavy traffic condition on a snowy night in a Chicago expressway. I know, I still have to RTFM but has anyone permanently disable this feature? I remember the sales guy mentioned that it is on by default every time you start the engine!
Unfortunately, you have to push the button every time you start the vehicle, to disable.
 

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ISG, IMHO, is not for already fuel efficient gas engine vehicles like the Seltos. I’d rather spend pennies more on gas than subject the unnecessary wear and tear on the battery, alternator, and starter. Yesterday, it was kinda chilly so the heat was on. ISG stopped the engine at a stop light on a intersection but the climate control was still blowing air, the headlight and radio were still on! This is a stupid feature, IMHO.
 

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ISG, IMHO, is not for already fuel efficient gas engine vehicles like the Seltos. I’d rather spend pennies more on gas than subject the unnecessary wear and tear on the battery, alternator, and starter. Yesterday, it was kinda chilly so the heat was on. ISG stopped the engine at a stop light on a intersection but the climate control was still blowing air, the headlight and radio were still on! This is a stupid feature, IMHO.
You repeated this in this in your first discussion about ISG. Didn't you read my answer in #5 post, they do sell a fix for $67? ISG and Auto-Hold Memory Module - Various Applications - Shark Racing
 

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If he doesn't want to buy and install the part, I guess next best thing is to start car with driver door still open to disable ISG for duration of the trip if there is no ISG disable button in the car.
 

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Right! I don’t want to buy and install that module in my Seltos. It might void the warranty and besides, I am over my budget, almost, for this year.
 

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(Long) I can hardly believe the disable ISG discussion is still ongoing! I was part of a long thread back in 2014 on Rio forum - where apart from the permanent enable/disable issue, it got into a lot of discussion on fuel consumption at idle, emission control, etc.. Anyway - my story - I guess I learnt to live with it . . . until . . . in 2019 & 2020 I noticed that it seemed to have ceased to function - yipee! Good riddance! And then 2021 (and the reason for this post) - assisted by the fact that the car had been getting little use in the past year - the battery would be dead every few days and I'd have to jump start. Put in new battery - and voila - ISG is back. I then recalled all the things I hated about it - especially when the computer couldn't make up its mind about whether to stop or start or sometimes appeared to do both together. So I have decided to permanently disable it - two choices: (#1) reinsert old battery and carry jump leads or (#2) permanently assert the 'hood open' status - method (Rio): Remove the 3 bolts that hold the hood latch mechanism, this allows access to the single screw holding the 'hood open' sensor which can then be detached, folded back on its cable and zip tied neatly out of the way. I went with (#2). (back in 2014 the suggestion was to remove the pigtail on that sensor and jump the connections w/ a paper clip and then bind w/ tape to make it waterproof.)
The fine print: YMMV. Modifications to your vehicle are at your own risk. You might want to reinstall before going to dealer w/ warranty issues.
 

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FWIW - I have found that an additional effect of asserting 'hood open' is to disable the "horn toot" when you double-click keyfob to lock the doors! This is good - but I wonder what else is disabled ?!?!
 

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I got a Kia survey a few months back on my 2021 Seltos. One question asked if I was willing to loose 1MPG in exchange for no ISnG. I gave them a piece of mind mind over that one in the comments. My Seltos runs like a POS under 10mph. That ISnG confuses computer in my opinion.
I ahte it!
 

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I've already trained myself to push the button after I start it.

It's outright DAF as far as work arounds go.
 
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