Turbo timer

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I just brought a new 2018 GXL VDJ200 and I need a plug and play turbo timer, I can’t find any and would like some advice thanks
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 18:35

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 18:35
Why do you need a turbo timer?

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Follow Up By: RMD - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:23

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:23
Exactly my question as well. Unless you are in the habit of very abruptly pulling up and switching the engine off, there is no need for one. Merely slowing down as you enter a town after highway travel will allow the turbo to cool to well within safe levels.
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:29

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:29
And if you are still concerned.....just wait 10 second then switch off
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Follow Up By: Theo D - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:52

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:52
Before you turn it off let the vehicle idle for a minute or two. Its really that simple!
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:32

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 19:32
There was some discussion about the legality of leaving the engine running and walking away, maybe you can look at that aspect and my own thought is it's just one more thing to go wrong. regards, Michael.
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Reply By: Member - Cuppa - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:13

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:13
I recall reading somewhere that it was a car left idling on a turbo timer & accidentally knocked into gear which was responsible for the crushing death of Malcolm Douglas.

I use the EGT gauge I have fitted & wait until the EGT drops to 175deg.C before turning off. Mostly doesn't take long.
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 07:10

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 07:10
Malcolm was in the habit of jumping out of his vehicle before it had stopped completely. Unfortunately there was a tree close to his door and the car rolled forwards forcing the door closed onto him.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:23

Monday, Jun 04, 2018 at 21:23
Most turbos are now water cooled, Toyota have been for 20 years.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 08:46

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 08:46
My '86 HJ61 Landcruiser had a water cooled turbo 32 years ago.

Many new turbos are not water cooled, BT50?
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 07:31

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 07:31
Maybe you should check with your relevant state traffic authority. I believe in most states that, should you fit a device to your vehicle that allowed you to lock it & walk away with the engine running then it is illegal, thus unroadworthy & may void your insurance.


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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 14:52

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 14:52
There are a lot of heavy vehicles out there with Turbo Timers that are completely legal. However, a brand new Toyota Twin Turbo Landcruiser does not need one. It even states in the owners manual how to shut down the engine after highway travel.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 16:08

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 16:08
Even if they’re legal, you can’t walk away from the vehicle. A friend of mine got booked for leaving his 4.2TD GU Patrol.

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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 17:57

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 17:57
Hi Macca,
Passenger vehicles have to comply to ADR rules, in this case Anti-Theft & Immobilization. Heavy vehicles do not have to comply with the same rules as passenger vehicles.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 08:36

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 08:36
I don't think there is one for the 2016+ with pushbutton George.

You don't really need it unless stopping quickly after towing or steep hills.

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Reply By: Member - sparra - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 11:02

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 11:02
Turbo timers are illegal in W.A. I bought my Toyota from victoria,when I had the roadworthy done in w.a. To change the rego I had to take it out.
That was 4 years ago ( back living in Vic now)
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Follow Up By: Blown4by - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 12:45

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 12:45
Yes illegal in WA because the legislation states you cannot leave the vehicle unattended with the motive power activated unless a person over the age of 16 years is in the vehicle.
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Reply By: Blown4by - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 12:49

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 12:49
It is not as though we are talking a turbo such as the size fitted to a 730HP on-highway truck engine or a 1000+HP bulldozer (which are not fitted with turbo timers anyway)
Whilst it is accepted that all vehicle manufacturers will save 20 cents wherever they can, if cracking of the turbo housing was so prevalent resulting in frequent warranty claims some form of turbo protection would be fitted as standard equipment at the manufacturing stage.
I can still recall the incident where a driver on leaving a caravan park couldn't recall if he had closed his caravan door securely. He pulled off the road safely and turned off the ignition and got out to check the van door which was already correctly closed. He got back in the vehicle with the engine still running and pulled back on to the highway just before a loaded road train approached at 100KPH from the rear at about the same time as the turbo timer set at 3 minutes shut the engine down and as he tried to steer off the road the steering lock activated. To say he 'cut a few washers' would be an understatement.
With all the electronic gadgetry built in to modern vehicles today one would be naive not to wonder what unknown consequences fitting such a device could result in.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 16:09

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2018 at 16:09
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Didn't know cracking of turbo housings was a problem, whereas oil turned to carbon in the turbo because of residual heat certainly is.

Were you that driver who took the keys out of the ignition?
It seems as though it is a first hand knowledge account of such an incident.
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Follow Up By: Blown4by - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 10:19

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 10:19
No it wasn't me RMD but it just shows how a simple non standard device fitted for perceived turbo protection can have an unintended negative affect on vehicle safety which potentially could result in death.
I've never had a turbo timer.
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Reply By: 2517. - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 13:10

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 13:10
What can happen with trucks you turn the truck off fly out door leaving truck in gear and it takes off across the paddock with you chasing I know from experience,need to keep brakes adjusted.
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Reply By: Mudripper - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 13:32

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 at 13:32
Save your money mate and fit boost/EGT gauges instead, if you don't already have them.
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