How to Turn Off Automatic Stop/Start on the Chevy Equinox

The Chevy Equinox has an Auto Stop/Start feature that shuts off the engine when the brakes are fully applied and the vehicle is stopped. Despite the fact that this feature saves fuel consumption, there are many drivers who find it annoying and don’t like it.

Chevrolet decided not to make a switch or button for those who want to disable the Auto Stop/Start feature. However, there is a workaround that will work to shut it off. Follow these steps:

  1. Start the Equinox and shift the gear to “L“. This puts the transmission into “Manual Mode“.
  2. Use the + and buttons on the top of the gear shift to change the range of gears up to “9” as you drive. This number should show on the display located on the instrument panel.

That’s it! With the Chevy Equinox gear set up in this manner, the Automatic Stop/Start feature is turned off and won’t bother you again.

44 thoughts on “How to Turn Off Automatic Stop/Start on the Chevy Equinox”

  1. Everyone forgets to tell you that this fix only works until you cut the engine off. Then, you must repeat the steps with each start of the engine.

    LOOKING FOR A PERMANENT FIX!!!!!!!!

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  2. I have a 2020 equinox and I found that as the auto stop system works with the clutch you just need to play with the force you push the brake. If you push it to the bottom auto stop activates otherwise it keeps off.

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    • I noticed the same when feathering the brake verses hard braking. The hard braking turned the engine off and feathering did not.

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  3. Had a malibu with automatic temp. Control a/c. And start stop. HATED THE START STOP. Discovered if temp. Dial was set to LOW it overode the start stop. Which, in Texas,in summer, is where everyone keeps the temperature dial.

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    • Sounds like whet just experienced in our new (used) 2018 equinox.
      Three days after purchase the stop/start just stated activating all the time. The first two days were super hot today cold and rainy.
      I’ll try keeping the temp on Lo.

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  4. You have to repeat this each time you use the car…this is not a fix, it’s temporary workaround.

    I try to just let the car creep a tiny bit each time I stop and that works.

    There are times when I forget and only stop for a second or so…and it shuts off then restarts, total nonsense!

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  5. This is a absolute annoyance. I really doubt it saves that much gas. Not the best thought out idea.I sure don’t care for it.

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    • It actually saves close to 18%. Anytime you are stopped for more then ~7 seconds you save more gas by shutting the car off. There has been plenty of tests done, and results can be found all over the internet.

      18% in my book adds up very very quickly.

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    • I believe its something all manufacturers are doing now. My son just bought a 2021 Ford Ranger pickup truck and it does it as well. I’ve rented Jeeps in the past 2 years and they did it as well. This has government mandates written all over it. I agree it’s a pain.

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      • Correct. EPA let’s the auto manufacturers go with the lower MPG fleet wide with auto stop always turning back on when you stop/start the engine next time you drive.

        Don’t like many state? Be a little more careful when you vote.

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  6. Absolutely the worse thing they ever put on this car. Bought a new 2020 and can’t wait to get rid of it. Thanks for all the lies Dan Cummins Chevrolet. You told me I could auto start my car through the app. too. Another lie.

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    • There is a fix to this, it’s a product you plug into the obd 2 port. It’s called a range start/stop disabler they don’t void warranty’s and you just unplug it to return back to factory settings of the auto start/stop.

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  7. I just bought a 2021 Equinox LS which is a base model…there’s no disable stop/start button next to the hazards button. Isn’t this feature going to be hard on the starter and have to keep replacing it?

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    • The manufacturers use different starters then a typical vehicle. They are built to last. They are not the same starters you would find in a Normal Honda

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  8. I have found by shifting to neutral at stoplights works, also when stopping not pressing all the way down on brake works, but takes a little practice. But the best advice is not to own an equinox unless you love changing transmissions.

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  9. wouldn’t removing the smart startstop module and using a direct connection work too? asking for a friend, it annoys both of us, and i offered to help him, in city traffic its a POS and a Pain in his head, and my ass.

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    • hi back in the comments again
      i feel i forgot something
      the equinox is a 2020, awd 2.0L
      i had a feature like this in my used civic type r from ’16, this kinda feature is a pain,

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  10. 1. Go to the front (hood) of your car
    2. Open the hood and where you move the lever to open the hood, locate a connector (sensor) that is on the back or below that lever to open the hood
    3. Disconnect that connector. That connector is a switch that makes the car turn off and on when braking to save gas, but it is very annoying, just disconnect it and that’s it, it will never turn off again
    I did it on my Chevrolet Equinox 2018, good luck

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