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Old 04-03-2004, 10:02 PM   #1
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shutting off car at redlights....who else?

i do this alot. when i just catch the light and i know its going to be a good 3 or more mins i shut the car off to save gas. its best when im not first in line so i dont have to respond as quickly. im not sure how much gas im saving, i just get sick of knowing im going to be sitting there for a few minutes and i shut the car off to just 'give up' anyone else?


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Old 04-03-2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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i dont do this personally. i never saw the point of putting all the extra wear and tear on my starter and other parts just to save a few pennies on gas....

but if you want to, feel free.
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Old 04-03-2004, 10:25 PM   #3
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couldn't that be dangerous? and don't you use up all the gas you just saved to start the car again?

not sure, just asking
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I don't but I usually drop it in neutral for those exceptional long lights (even though I have an auto). Housecat, I think I remember reading somewhere that as far as gas consumption goes, starting it actually takes less than letting it sit and idle.

I try to avoid these situations altogether by speeding up to duck under the yellow if there is the faintest chance I might make it! Luckily a lot of people do it around here so I don't look like such a bad driver!
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couldn't that be dangerous? and don't you use up all the gas you just saved to start the car again?
Well I could be wrong, too, but this is what I've always been told as well. Obviously it's going to be a problem if something sudden and unexpected happens. But who am I to talk? I always shift into neutral at the red lights, and you're not supposed to do that for the very same reason - you're not ready in an emergency situation.
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You'll use more gas starting it back up than idling for a couple of minutes.
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You'll use more gas starting it back up than idling for a couple of minutes.
That's correct if you have a carburetor. For injection is better to turn it off if stopped over 1 minute.
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that isn't correct for any car. You don't ever use any gas to restart a hot engine. It is primed and ready to run. You also will save a VERY insignificant amount of gas by shutting it off. You might save a gallon in ten years of driving. But your wearing your starter, and possibly your engine some because you have no oil pressure again on startup. I wouldn't do it, not worth it
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where in NY are you from?
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