It seems that you are confusing the several discussions going on in this thread.Yes, I've read all posts in this thread, and IMHO it just doesn't make sense at $139 to cover a possible battery replacement down the road that will cost $180. Add in any unseen/unknown electrical system hiccups that might be introduced and its a hard pass.
Also, I wouldn't compare Ford gremlins to Buick's...different species and mutant DNA.
Good luck to all.
Yes, some confusion on my part, thanks for the correction.It seems that you are confusing the several discussions going on in this thread.
The original thread was about the $139 SmartStopStart module (www.smartstopstart.com). This module does not mess with the charging system at all. It simply uses the auto stop override already built into the vehicle for mechanics safety when working on the car by signally 'hood open' briefly when the car is started. It is simple and it works.
The charging system mods and other mods discussed in this thread have nothing to do with this product. You are right though that references to other makes of vehicle have little significance to the Regal.
Really not sure why anyone would want to modify their GM vehicle in the ways your suggesting. Maybe because those foreign cars do not have a cheap device to safely disable the SS system. Modern car electrical system is not a can of worms I want opened on my vehicle.Lj said,
You do know that TourX has AGM battery and ideally needs more voltage then lead acid battery, which is what you seem to be talking about from your voltage numbers.
It appears a standard alternator charge of up to 14.4 volts will cause no issues with an AGM battery or any other lead acid battery.
If you do an Internet search on car forums you will find owners complaining of having to replace expensive AGM batteries, sometimes frequently withing 3 or 4 years, where prior to smart charging this did not appear to occur.
The link below has owner replacing a 14 year old AGM battery on a 3.2 TT with standard Alternator charging, this should prove that AGM batteries will not be damaged by a regular alternator, in fact they appear to last far longer without smart charge.
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From TT forum, Posted: 24 Nov 2018, 16:58
Just to complete the thread, fitt3d a new battery from euros at £181. Took the old battery off and it was the original from 2004, and showing 11.1v via code 20 on the recirc function with the engine not started
New battery on and code 20 now shows mid 12v with the ignition on but engine not started, with the engine started the alternator output is more stable with less fluctuation in output.
Other points car turns over much quicker, seems smoother. Hopefully fuel economy increases. If you buy a battery from euros you have to ask for it as the system, they use does not pick out agm for the TT
Agree! I'll happily report any start/stop related replacements as they come up in the future.It will be interesting to compare battery life between those of us with auto s/s defeated & those who are content with leaving the system functioning. Of course, that will be a few years down the line...
Well LJ if you have a sensor on the negative rail of your main battery you have a smart charging system and regeneration.Really... flat battery? That must be problem for imports whose owners think they can start moding charging system. Never had my cars get flat battery due to charging system, unless it malfunctions or some fool changes factory system. Regen is not function on Regals, unless your taking normal charging functions cars had since they had generators.
P.S. You may want to look into run flat tires...I mean batteries..