Ford Escape Manuals

Ford Escape: Starting and Stopping the Engine / Automatic Engine Stop

What Is Automatic Engine Stop

Automatic engine stop is a feature that switches the engine off if it has been idling for an extended period to help you save fuel.

How Does Automatic Engine Stop Work

Automatic engine stop turns the engine off. The ignition also turns off in order to save battery power. Before the engine shuts down, a message appears in the information display showing a timer counting down. If you do not intervene within 30 seconds, the engine shuts down. Another message appears in the information display to inform you that the engine has shut down in order to save fuel. Start your vehicle as you normally do.

Switching Automatic Engine Stop On and Off

4.2 Inch Instrument Cluster Display Screen/Push Button Start

  1. Using the information display controls on the steering wheel, select Settings.
  2. Select Vehicle Settings.
  3. Switch 30min Max Idle on or off.

12.3 Inch Instrument Cluster Display Screen/Push Button Start

  1. Press the menu button on the steering wheel to enter the information display main menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Switch Auto Engine Off on or off.

Overriding Automatic Engine Stop

Note: You cannot permanently switch off the automatic engine shutdown feature. When you switch it off temporarily, it turns on at the next ignition cycle.

You can stop the engine shutdown, or reset the timer, at any point before the 30-second countdown has expired by doing any of the following:

  • Pressing the brake pedal or accelerator pedal.
  • Pressing the OK or RESET button during the countdown.

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