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Discussion in 'D.I.Y' started by Bungalow Bill, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Bungalow Bill

    Bungalow Bill New Member

    Hi all I have just joined up and need urgent help. I have a 1996 Mitsubishi Triton MJ ute, Last Tues I had done a run to Goulburn from Orange then to Young and then back to Orange via Cowra. I filled up at young (with Diesel) and had trouble with the motor spitting and spluttering, electrics flashing on and off and the finally conking out about 10km out of Orange. I rang the NRMA who eventualy came out, I told him it might be electrical or dirty fuel as it only happened after I filled up at Young, I also had a small leak in the drainage valve at the bottom of the fuel filter which I said could be sucking in air, he tightened it up with a pair of pliers and that was it , rang a tow truck and dropped me home. It pays to belong?
    I looked at it today and had no power what so ever, I put in a fully charged battery flicked the ignition switch on and nothing, dead as a door nail, the fuses are all ok including the 3 fuseable links. I get power to these points ie starter motor, fuseable links, is there anything else I missed? Any help would be appreciated as I would like to get it going as I have a funeral to go to in Sydney on Monday.
    Cheers BB
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
  2. Bungalow Bill

    Bungalow Bill New Member

    Found the problem,
    It turned out whoever put the Turbo timer in was a bit dodgy, the original plug was cracked or melted and the joiner was put in between the two original plugs to connect the turbo timer a couple of bare wires were showing on that so both pieces would have been arcing causing the turbo timer to cut in and out.
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  3. MUX STX

    MUX STX Active Member

    Glad you got it sorted
  4. Buxter

    Buxter Well-Known Member

    I normally throw turbo timers in the bin.
    They are just a waste of time.
    Consider my thinking.
    You drive down the highway, towing a big Van and slow down, as you come unto a town.
    By the time you get to the main Street, most of the heat is gone out of the turbo
    If you drive a Truck, then it's a different "kettle of fish", altogether.
    If you live in a town, then how are you honestly going to get the turbo hot enuf for the timer to Cool it down.
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  5. red hilux

    red hilux Well-Known Member

    Turbo timers have other advantages

    You can use it to warm your car up in the morning,

    Keep your air con on for the 2 secs you running into the shops
  6. Chatty

    Chatty Well-Known Member

    And here was I thinking that warming your car up in the morning had been debunked a long time ago. As for the aircon thing.... really?

    BTW turbo timers are not legal anywhere in Australia.
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  7. Mr Rum

    Mr Rum Well-Known Member

    Not really.
    The jobs I had involved more than enough idling before shut down for things to cool down.
    If not, filling in my log book and walking a quick lap to check tyres is plenty long enough.
    Perhaps I like to take risks, but most other times (toilet break, grabbing a snack, etc) I'd just leave it running.
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  8. Buxter

    Buxter Well-Known Member

    Not so Buddy !
    Don't leave your vehicle, and they are legal
  9. Chatty

    Chatty Well-Known Member

    Actually, I hate to say it, but you are totally wrong:

    Turbo timers are not to be fitted to vehicles manufactured on or after 1 January 1972.
    Australian Design Rule 25 (Anti-Theft Lock) requires that the normal function of the engine only occurs when the ignition lock is in the engine 'on' position.

    It doesn't matter if you sit in the vehicle or not. The idea is that the engine must turn off immediately whenever the ignition switch is turned to 'off' without the need to operate any other device or switch.

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