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Fiat Comfort-Matic - switching engine on/off

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On the basis there no such thing as a stupid question.....

I have been whiling away time checking over the manuals for our pre lock-down purchase. The MH has a Fiat Comfort-Matic gearbox. I was surprised to read the when turning the engine off the gearbox should be in gear (+ or R). Is that what other owners do and why do that ? I was always taught deselect the gear then turn the engine off. Likewise when I start the MH should I leave in gear (from when i turned the engine off) and start from that position with my foot on the brake, or should i select neutral (need to put my foot on brake to do so) and start while in neutral, again as i was taught to do. Just want to do things correctly/not damage the gearbox, understanding this is not a "normal" automatic gearbox.

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Hi

Hoping you are all well.

On the basis there no such thing as a stupid question.....

I have been whiling away time checking over the manuals for our pre lock-down purchase. The MH has a Fiat Comfort-Matic gearbox. I was surprised to read the when turning the engine off the gearbox should be in gear (+ or R). Is that what other owners do and why do that ? I was always taught deselect the gear then turn the engine off. Likewise when I start the MH should I leave in gear (from when i turned the engine off) and start from that position with my foot on the brake, or should i select neutral (need to put my foot on brake to do so) and start while in neutral, again as i was taught to do. Just want to do things correctly/not damage the gearbox, understanding this is not a "normal" automatic gearbox.

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It is just the same as leaving a manual box in first or reverse gear on a slope. When it is started the box automatically selects neutral prior to the starter operation.
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