Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, Australia
My daily driver is a turbo sports car that I bought second hand. When I took it for a test drive we got back to the bloke's place and I parked and turned the motor off.
The bloke said, 'How did you do that?"
'What?' I asked.
'Turn the motor off without having to wait for it?'
'What do you mean?'
'For me the motor keeps running for three minutes to cool the turbo. If I want to stop it before then I have to put it in gear, brake, and let out the clutch to stall it.'
The bloke didn't know that the turbo timer was linked to the handbrake. Kill the ignition, pull on the handbrake, motor goes off. Handbrake first, then ignition, turbo timer takes over. He could have stopped it by letting off the handbrake.
Anyway, I wondered if he'd done any damage to the clutch after twelve months of stopping it like that. Luckily he lived and worked in the city, so used buses to work. The car was weekends only for him.
I still think of him sometimes, can't figure out why.