How to Install a Turbo Timer on 1.8T VW

Written by chester rockwell
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The turbo that's equipped to your Volkswagen's 1.8L engine can quickly become excessively hot, especially if you have been driving aggressively. Installing a turbo timer can help keep the turbocharger healthy by allowing it to cool down correctly. Without a turbo timer, it is recommended that you keep the engine idling for a couple of minutes before you turn off the car to allow the turbo to cool down. With the installation of a turbo timer, your engine will stay running for a set period of time after you turn off and lock your car.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver set
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Torx T-20 screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Utility knife
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Consider the placement of the turbo timer in your VW's interior and mount it according to your preference. Bear in mind that it should be close to other components such as the stereo, as you will need to tap into the car's electrical system.

  2. 2

    Pry open the fuse panel on driver's side end of the dashboard, using a flathead screwdriver, to gain access to the fuses and electrical wiring.

  3. 3

    Remove the lower dashboard panels that sit below the steering wheel by loosening the two Torx screws at the bottom of the panel.

  4. 4

    Remove the dead pedal by prying it off, then loosen and remove the Torx screw that sits underneath it.

  5. 5

    Peel back the carpeting in the driver's side foot well to expose the electrical wires that you will be tapping into.

  6. 6

    Pry up on the door handle trim to remove it and continue to pull it up to release the panel and window switches on the left hand side. Disconnect the wiring harness that is attached to the window switches and set the panel aside.

  7. 7

    Loosen and remove the Phillips head screws that sit at the bottom of the door panel to loosen and remove the driver's side door panel.

  8. 8

    Split open the black insulated cable that appears underneath the door panel and runs into the driver's side foot well.

  9. 9

    Use the wire strippers strip the necessary wires for your turbo timer. Each turbo timer can offer a different wiring scheme, so be sure to check the manual for specific wiring instructions.

  10. 10

    Insulate the wire connections with electrical tape and reassemble your interior to complete the installation.

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