Living in a city with plenty of traffic, I do a lot of sitting in traffic. A lot of times, I turn off my engine and wait there. It's kind of disconcerting how dramatic it is to restart the motor every time that I sit there for a minute. Are there any quiet starter motors made for standard ICE engines? I remember that a lot of hybrids have very quiet starters...but I drive a Civic with a D16Y8.
yeah eCycle makes a ISA - integrated starter alternator - that basically is a 3 phase brushless motor that can start the engine and generater power to run the 12 or 42 volt electrics with more efficiency that the typical alternator.
It's kind of disconcerting how dramatic it is to restart the motor
I wonder how much of the "drama" might be just a question of perception, rather than actual noise.
If you're at all embarassed at being a fuel-saver in a culture that is more likely to celebrate the wasting of resources than conserving them, starting the car in close quarters with other drivers when nobody else is doing it puts up a red flag and identifies yourself as an unconventional person.
The actual loudness of the starter itself may not be much of an issue.
I make this point based on my own observations & having had similar reactions. After a while, I bet it will just become less of a concern as you get used to it.
Another solution for reducing the drama of your starter: I suggest adding wheel skirts to your car.
if you let your fuel pump prime before actually starting the car the car starts much faster. to do this you turn the key to the on position until the check engine light turns off. when the light turns off then your car has reached the right fuel pressure and is ready to start.
don't waste your time or time will waste you