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 Post subject: How can I tell when the ICE is running?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:43 pm 
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OK so this might seem like a daft question but can you tell exactly when the ICE is running. I know that the power indicator shows where the power is coming from (and going to) but does the energy flow indicator (blue or brown) represent when the engine is running, or can it still be turning and burning with no power flow?

The reason I ask is because the indicator can show very intermittent on/off flow, like turning on for a few seconds and then off for the same or less. Surely they can't be starting and stopping the engine every few seconds? If they are then this can't be particularly efficient or good for the engine.

Another question I have is does the car have a conventional starter motor or do they fire it up by some other means. I have heard about stop/start systems that spin the engine by firing one cylinder while it's at TDC.

Sorry if these are daft questions but I am still learning about the car.


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