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SBishop
12-28-2003, 11:25 AM
Received a Cool-downtimer for Christmas. Installed it this week end. Works great! I lost or misplaced the installation instructions amidst all the empty boxes and wrapping paper. :(
Emailed Howard Vanfleet on Christmas Day and he so kindly sent me a copy of the instructions via e-mail. Fantastic customer service! I am very happy with the way the thing works. Since I am going to keep my truck stock, I wanted a way to make sure the turbo got a proper cool down with me not having to set and wait for 1 to several minutes everytime I shut it off.

brassbuldog
12-30-2003, 10:45 PM
Sounds cool....where can I get one?

Thanks!!!

ten8fiftyone
12-30-2003, 10:56 PM
I got one from www.cool-downtimer.com. I think it was about $70:)

RATTLINRAM
12-31-2003, 12:37 AM
I've had mine on for a few months and I love it. When I get to work, I just push the button on the timer, get out with keys in hand and walk away locking the doors with the remote. :D You will get lots of folks hollering at ya, "Ain't ya gonna cut it off?" and I just smile and tell them "It will when it's ready" and keep on walking! [laugh]

It was simple to install,,,, easy to use,,,, didn't cost an arm and a leg,,,,, and works flawlessly. Howard has a real good product here and I've recomended it to several folks who have purchased one and are very happy with it.

You can read a Review article about it HERE (http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/articles/turbotimer/turbo_timer.html)

kry226
12-31-2003, 09:15 AM
So how would that work with the Security Group/engine immobilizer? Are there any issues with that? Does the timer fool the immobilizer? This is very interesting stuff.:)

Ray Roton
01-01-2004, 11:27 AM
I installed my cool down timmer in the cubby hole. The wires were not quite long enough, so I had to splice some onto them. The only thing I dont like about this product is that it was not my idea. It also makes a great WARMUP timmer. If you need to leave it running for any reason unattended, you dont have to worry about somebody srealing it.
A friend of mine stopped one cold winter morning for a pack of smokes at a 7-11, and left the engine running. When he came out his car was gone. I would want one of these even if I drove a gasser.
[laugh]

RATTLINRAM
01-01-2004, 12:31 PM
Originally posted by kry226
So how would that work with the Security Group/engine immobilizer? Are there any issues with that? Does the timer fool the immobilizer? This is very interesting stuff.:)

This is one of the only downside to this product so far. Howard can correct me if he has since come up with a revised unit.
I have a 99 with the factory VSS (Vehicle Security System) and was the first one to test its compatability with the timer.
The VSS does not affect the timer, however the VSS checks several different parameters before it will enable itself.
When the VSS is still recieving a signal from the ECM that the engine is still running, it will not arm the alarm. In order for it to arm itself, it makes sure the engine is not running and the doors were locked with either the remote or the electric door lock switch.
So, If I want to arm the VSS alarm. I must wait until the timer has shut the engine off or not use the timer. This really doesn't bother me because the VSS on my 99 has no motion sensors and will only activate if someone were to break a window and reach in and unlock the door. As long as they didn't unlock/open a door,,,, they could take whatever they wished from inside the truck. :confused: :rolleyes:
This means that if I want the alarm to be on, I just wait and shut the truck down when the the turbo temp is 300 or less OR I use the timer and not worry about the VSS being enabled.

For the price of this timer compared to the much more higher priced models on the market,,,,,, I think it's a good deal! :D

kry226
01-01-2004, 02:36 PM
I feel a little better about that. I was worried more about the immobilizer being enabled, and having the timer interfere with being able to get the engine started again.

RATTLINRAM
01-01-2004, 07:00 PM
Originally posted by kry226
I feel a little better about that. I was worried more about the immobilizer being enabled, and having the timer interfere with being able to get the engine started again.

Well I can only say that this is the way it works on my 99 with the factory VSS. However, I'll almost guarantee that that any of the new factory systems will not allow the security system to be armed as long as it is still getting a signal from the ECM telling it the motor is running. I think I tried every scenario I could think of before feeling confident that I wasn't going to get stranded somewhere.

Not to mention I feel a whole lot better using the timer when I pull into a rest area towing the 5er and the wife has to make a bee-line for the little girls room and I'm left with two dogs wanting to make a bee-line for the grassy area 50 yards away. Now I just hit the timer take my keys with me and don't have to worry about some nutcase taking off with my rig. :D

Big Bob
01-03-2004, 02:25 AM
I had a Python 881XP security system installed. It included remote start that works off the grid heater, automatically starts the defroster, and also has a turbo timer. The time can be set on both the remote start and turbo timer. The cost was $535 installed, which included the module for the gray (security key) key.

It's a great system! :D

Sweeper54
01-03-2004, 07:42 AM
Great idea, just ordered one. SWMBO has NO patience and hates to sit and wait for the truck to cool down.

Kevin

64postcarnut
01-03-2004, 02:11 PM
I used to have one on my turbo Supra.I had it wired to the e-brake.If someone broke in and tried to drive off,as soon as they released the brake handle to drive off the engine would die.

Bluedresser
02-01-2004, 01:04 PM
Learned about this unit from the forum - got one and installed it in the cubby hole (finally found a use for that hole). It works great. One of the best things for my use is that I tow a lot alone and hate to shut down the engine at rest stops, just to restart it again a few minutes later. This way I can go about my business and leave the engine run - safely - until I get back. Should save a lot of wear and tear on both the engine, turbo, and starter motor. BTW - hint for you who run Jakes. If you leave your Jake on, it will turn off when you shut off the ignition - and turn back on when you turn the ignition on. That prevents you from engaging the starter by turning the key too far. [laugh] [laugh] [laugh]

commando
02-01-2004, 02:05 PM
I did a custom install through the dash (left of the steering column) on mine. I love it. Howard was great to work with. It works fine with the factory security group. Image available in my photo gallery.