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Rob R
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Is it illegal to have a turbo timer fitted come MOT time as you're not meant to leave a car unatended while it's still running are you?
mwg
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

garages quite often leave cars running unattended before they do the MOT to make sure they are warm
TomSBD
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

will be fine
Mike GSi
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ive never thought of this, i supose you could turn it off for when they do the mot.
TomSBD
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

really cant see it making any odds as there is no where in the maunal thats says anything about leaving a car unatended etc
Rob R
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22nd Jan 08 at 12:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Cool. i would read the instuction manual for the timer to see if you can turn off the timer feature, but being Blitz it's in Japanese
16V_1600
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yeah just turned mine off on the MR2. It was a sard one though and just had an off button lol, no jap instructions to decipher
stubs
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22nd Jan 08 at 13:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Rob R
Is it illegal to have a turbo timer fitted come MOT time as you're not meant to leave a car unatended while it's still running are you?


That's like asking would your car fail its MOT for being capable of exceeding the speed limit
Mike GSi
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22nd Jan 08 at 13:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

cars can fail mot if it carys on running whith the ignition switched off. FACT

but as its the turbo timer thats keeping it running other than the engine overheating so much that it carrys on igniting without ignition, Youll be ok

[Edited on 22-01-2008 by Mike Z20LET]
JM_16v
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22nd Jan 08 at 13:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

just say you turn it off an sit in it till its offf
stubs
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22nd Jan 08 at 13:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Z20LET
cars can fail mot if it carys on running whith the ignition switched off. FACT

but as its the turbo timer thats keeping it running other than the engine overheating so much that it carrys on igniting without ignition, Youll be ok

[Edited on 22-01-2008 by Mike Z20LET]


He questioned the legality of having it fitted, not the operation of it during the test
Mike GSi
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22nd Jan 08 at 13:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yes they are Legal
Planty02
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22nd Jan 08 at 14:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok, stupid question time...what exactly does a turbo timer do? is the engine fully running after the ignition is off??
WATSON
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22nd Jan 08 at 14:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

You will be fine, we have never had any problems with ours on the evo,rs turbo or anything else of that matter
Ste L
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22nd Jan 08 at 14:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Planty02
ok, stupid question time...what exactly does a turbo timer do? is the engine fully running after the ignition is off??


it keep's the engine running to circulate oil around the turbo to cool it & to help prolong the life after a drivin the car


[Edited on 22-01-2008 by Ste L]
ebthesned
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22nd Jan 08 at 15:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

im sure if they fail you for having a turbo timer then I wouldnt use that garage again lol
Colin
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22nd Jan 08 at 15:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

You should be able to switch it off.
16V_1600
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quote:
Originally posted by Ste L
quote:
Originally posted by Planty02
ok, stupid question time...what exactly does a turbo timer do? is the engine fully running after the ignition is off??


it keep's the engine running to circulate oil around the turbo to cool it & to help prolong the life after a drivin the car


[Edited on 22-01-2008 by Ste L]


More of a gimmick really, you don't need one just drive off boost for a couple of mins after driving the car hard.
nik
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22nd Jan 08 at 17:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Turbo timers are pointless. Just drive the last few miles off boost or let it cool down when you stop!
Rob B
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22nd Jan 08 at 17:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i read something the car only needs to cool down for about 5 secs or so, not 2 minutes like some seem to think including myself.
nik
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22nd Jan 08 at 17:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

With the Evo's I used to drive off boost for the last 5-10 mins of a journey, never any problems. As someone said, just a gimmic, not worth the hassle of fitting it.
ed
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22nd Jan 08 at 17:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Would just say disable it for the test?
mattk
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22nd Jan 08 at 17:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Do I need to cool mine down

funny acctually my mate jumped out of his scooby when we were stopped by the police

the copper said could you get out of the car and take the keys from the ignition

he replied with a straight NO my turbo is cooling down

thats how strongly he feels about it
Lisa
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22nd Jan 08 at 20:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

've never turned mine off for mot's and its been fine
Rob R
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22nd Jan 08 at 22:43   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by nik
Turbo timers are pointless. Just drive the last few miles off boost or let it cool down when you stop!


I live a mile off of a dual carriageway! The timers also got a digital boost gauge built in, one of the main reasons i bought it as i dont have to start molesting my interior to fit a gauge

 
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