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Should i get a turbo timer

Is it worth the $100 to get a turbo timer.

Are all brands qualities much different?

Any reason not to get one?

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Once you get guages, just watch them to hit 300* on your EGT, and then shut down...It will save fuel.


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Once you get guages, just watch them to hit 300* on your EGT, and then shut down...It will save fuel.
Now you got me interested, I still new to the whole diesel thing, how does it help save fuel.

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I just got an ultra start remote start installed on my truck and it has a feature that by hitting a button on the remote you can leave the truck running for 2 minutes after you leave, it was $170 installed (but I know the guy, I'm sure it would be around 200 normally), you could put your 100 big ones toward a remote start and get the trubo timer feature built in.

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98% of the time turbo timers are not needed and the other 2% of the time you can just watch the guage and shut down yourself. Modern turbos are made of better materials these days and are able to handle heat better. If you're putting a hard load on your truck, like towing or running it hard and stop it's a good idea to let it cool a bit. But don't waste fuel letting it idle to "cool" when it's already cool enough. Also it doesn't "save" fuel....how do you save fuel letting your rig stay running? Granted, diesels do "sip" fuel compared to a gasser...but it is fuel burning!

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Once you get guages, just watch them to hit 300* on your EGT, and then shut down...It will save fuel.
I think what he meant was that by just watching the EGT rather than letting it run on the turbo timer for a set period of time is where you save fuel. Less idle time if it cools in 30 seconds instead of waiting 3 mins. until the timer runs out.

I just had an alarm/remote start put on and a turbo timer was built in. The only time we'll use it is when we've been pulling the horse trailer in 90-100 degree weather.

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Unless it's some generic timer, I was under the impression that a turbo timer moniters the EGT, shutting down automatically when it knows that the egt is "safe-blah blah blah" instead of idling for a set amount of time...but some may be different.

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Do not waste money on a turbo timer...Just watch the egt gauge when cooled down shut the truck off...Save the money and put it towards a set of injectors or different turbo!!! Just my opinion.
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