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Old 24 Aug 2009, 08:59 pm
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I recently purchased a used '03 GT 5spd. I read somewhere that turbos need to 'idle down' before you kill the engine, especially after hard driving. What kinda time are we talking for a PT, and how hard do you have to run it to require this?
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I recently purchased a used '03 GT 5spd. I read somewhere that turbos need to 'idle down' before you kill the engine, especially after hard driving. What kinda time are we talking for a PT, and how hard do you have to run it to require this?
Running it hard, freeway driving or towing you need to keep it running and cool it down a few minutes. The manual specifies the exact time needed. Normal driving needs no cool down. After hard driving and then going to normal driving for a few minutes or longer constitutes cooling down time.
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Old 24 Aug 2009, 09:56 pm
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When I've run mine hard, which is quite often, I get off a the exit 2 miles from my house instead of the one down the street, then I baby it home.

Think of it like walking a horse after running it, you have to let it catch it's breath and get the lather down before stabling it or you can cause all kinds of troubles. I drive from Atlanta to my house, a little over 4 hours, and about 3 miles before home I slow down and drive like a human, by the time I'm home it's good to go.
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When I've run mine hard, which is quite often, I get off a the exit 2 miles from my house instead of the one down the street, then I baby it home.

Think of it like walking a horse after running it, you have to let it catch it's breath and get the lather down before stabling it or you can cause all kinds of troubles. I drive from Atlanta to my house, a little over 4 hours, and about 3 miles before home I slow down and drive like a human, by the time I'm home it's good to go.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 03:16 am
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Ok cool. So if Im hauling it on the way to work, I just need to get out of it a bit before I get there to let it rest up. Makes sense. And I gotta tell you, the good info flows like wine on this forum. You guys rock!
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 05:35 am
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And put synthetic oil in that engine!
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 03:20 pm
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any recommendations on oil brands? Ive been a fan of Castrol for many years, although Pennzoil is a good choice also. Im definitely gonna grab a bottle of slick 50 since Ive used that in all my jeeps, works great.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 04:49 pm
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I think any name brand full synthetic is fine.
I'd stay away from "blends" - I have never seen what % of a "blend" is synthetic - 2 drops?
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When I've run mine hard, which is quite often, I get off a the exit 2 miles from my house instead of the one down the street, then I baby it home.

Think of it like walking a horse after running it, you have to let it catch it's breath and get the lather down before stabling it or you can cause all kinds of troubles. I drive from Atlanta to my house, a little over 4 hours, and about 3 miles before home I slow down and drive like a human, by the time I'm home it's good to go.
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 03:36 pm
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hahaha my cool down time on both cars is waiting for the light to turn green so i can turn on base, sit and wait for the guard to look at my ID and ask about the car, drive 3/4mi at posted speed of 15mph. takes me about 4-6mins
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