NEW MODULAR CONSTRUCTION! Diesel Turbo Lifesaver used to be configured in vehicle specific applications where the installation harness was integral with the control module. Now the product line consists of a control module (common to all vehicles) that is mated to a vehicle specific installation kit. This allows you to carry a single model of control module that mates to a vehicle specific installation kit / harness.   



The turbo is the heart and soul of your diesel truck. Failure to properly care for your turbo can cause it to fail prematurely and can even lead to TOTAL ENGINE MELTDOWN. Diesel Turbo Lifesaver (DTLS) is the cure for problematic heat related turbocharger failures. DTLS automatically idles your engine and then shuts it off, all without needing the ignition key, thus saving the time and aggravation of waiting for the turbo to

Additionally, Diesel Turbo Lifesaver features a
built in SECURITY feature to safeguard your vehicle and can also be used as a PRE-LUBER (most vehicles) to maximize the life of your engine.






Product features of DTLS:

• Computer controlled for DIGITAL PRECISION of timing and operational sequences.

• Engine run times from 1-250 minutes (adjustable from 1-10 minutes in one minute increments and from 10-250 minutes in five minute increments)

• Security (Anti-Theft) feature - When security switch is on, your vehicle cannot be started... even if the theif has a key! To set a security function, move security switch lever to the on position. NOTE: Security switch has on and off stamped into the side of switch body.

• Engine Pre-Lube feature (some vehicles) - Prolong engine life by eliminating dry starts after oil changes or long periods of inactivity. To pre lube your engine, turn secuirty switch ON and crank engine (with key) for 5-10 seconds (engine will crank, but will not start). Turn security switch off and start vehicle. Observe how quickly oil pressure builds when engine starts.

3 year unlimited mileage warranty

• Made In USA.


Turbo temperature is dependent on these variables:
• What is the air temperature?
• How "hard" are you working your engine?
• Are you driving in hills or mountains?
• Is there a headwind?
• Are you towing a load? How large?
• Has your engine been modified for higher performance?

As a rule of thumb, increasing any of these variables will cause turbo temperatures to rise. The higher the turbo temperature, the longer the turbo should be cooled down.
Generally speaking, match these cool down times to your driving conditions:

1-4 Minutes: Light throttle, non towing situations at moderate speeds in cold to moderate temperatures. Example: City driving.

5-7 Minutes: Medium throttle, non towing situations or when towing moderate loads. Medium to high speed driving with moderate headwind or hills in all temperatures.  Example City or interstate driving.

8-15 Minutes: Driving conditions with any of the following: Heavy loads, heavy throttle, long or steep hill climbs or high headwinds.

If ever in doubt, set an extra minute or two of cool down time. Diesels use very little fuel when idling, and a few pennies in fuel can save a turbocharger worth thousands of dollars and prevent you from being stranded with an inoperative turbo!


Step 1: Set Parking Brake
1. While engine is running, depress and HOLD brake pedal.

2. Set parking brake FIRMLY

3. Vehicles with automatic transmission: Put transmission in park.

3A. Vehicles with manual transmission: Put transmission in NEAUTRAL.

4. Release brake pedal and make sure vehicle DOES NOT roll or creep. If vehicle rolls or creeps, reapply parking brake. IF PARKING BRAKE CANNOT PREVENT VEHICLE FROM ROLLING, DO NOT USE DIESEL TURBO LIFESAVER UNTIL YOU HAVE A QUALIFIED MECHANIC ADJUST YOUR PARKING BRAKE.


Step 2: Set Turbo Cooling Cycle
Note: For safety reasons, Diesel Turbo Lifesaver WILL NOT allow you to set a turbo cool down time when the brake pedal is depressed. THE BRAKE PEDAL (NOT PARKING BRAKE!) MUST BE RELEASED IN ORDER TO INSURE THAT THE VEHICLE DOES NOT ROLL OR CREEP. SEE STEP 1!


With engine running, set idle time by depressing and holding the activator switch in while counting the "beeps" emitted by Diesel Turbo Lifesaver. Release activator switch to set run time. Example... press button, "beep","beep","beep", release button equals three minutes of run time.

1B. TO SET 15-250 MINUTES OF RUN TIME(IN FIVE MINUTE INTERVALS): Follow steps in 1A, but continue to hold activator switch in after the 10th "beep". Each subsequent "high pitched" beep will add five minutes of run time to the original 10 minutes programmed in step 1A.

2. Remove ignition key - if you want to activate security feature, turn security switch to on position.

3. Exit vehicle, engine will idle to cool turbo and automatically shut off when the time you set elapses. If security function was activated, the engine will now be disabled.

Note: you will hear a short "beep" from Diesel Turbo Lifesaver once every ten seconds when it is idling your engine. Ten seconds before your engine shuts off, you will hear a series of rapid "beeps".

To Cancel A Cooling Cycle Or Emergency Engine Stop:

Note: Diesel Turbo Lifesaver allows you to stop your engine at any time when a run cycle is engaged. To stop your engine, depress BRAKE PEDAL or push ACTIVATOR switch.



Why do I need to cool my turbo down?

Turbochargers need to be cooled down because oil that is allowed to sit uncirculated into hot turbo bearings gets cooked into a carbon coating. These carbon deposits are known as "coke". If enough "coke" builds up in your turbo bearings, they will seize which will then necessitate the need for a new turbo.

Do I have to cool the turbo in my car or truck?

All manufacturers of turbocharged vehicles recommend that you cool the turbo before you shut off the engine.

How do you cool a turbo?

Cooling a turbo is very simple - just let your engine idle before shutting it off. This allows oil to circulate through the turbo bearings to carry away excess heat.

How long does it take to cool a turbo?

The amount of time it takes to cool a turbo varies depending on how the vehicle is being driven. The harder a vehicle has been worked, the longer it takes to cool. In general, turbo cooling can take anywhere from 1 minute (example: easy city driving) to 15 minutes (hard driving and/or heavy towing) depending on conditions.

Do turbos fail frequently?

Simply put, if you DON'T cool your turbo down it can be put that it is in "the constant state of failure". The lack of proper cooling is constantly laying down layers of carbon in the bearings and they will eventually seize. How fast and thickly these layers are deposited in the bearings depends on many variables. We have had customers tell us that they have replaced turbos anywhere from as little as 10,000 miles to as much as 100,000 miles.

Will using synthetic oil eliminate the need to cool my turbo?

Synthetic oil does give you a margin of error in that they will not "coke" until a higher temperature than conventional oils. However, the temperatures in which turbos operate can still "coke" synthetic oils in exactly the same manner as conventional motor oils.

If my bearings fail, how much does a new turbo cost?

To replace or rebuild your turbocharger WILL cost you thousands of dollars. Not to mention the inconvenience of being stuck with a vehicle that is down. In comparison, Diesel Turbo Lifesaver is good insurance.

Can seizing a turbo REALLY cause total engine meltdown?

Yes it can. A seized turbo causes a major obstruction in both the intake and exhaust systems of the engine. If you try to drive with this type of double restriction, internal engine temperatures can soar (remember the fact that you are still burning fuel) to the point where your aluminum pistons will melt and cause the entire engine to fail.

How does the Diesel Turbo Lifesaver cool the turbocharger down?

All manufacturers of turbocharged vehicles recommend cooling the turbo by idling the engine before shutdown. Diesel Turbo Lifesaver automatically idles your engine for the engine run time as selected by the user.

Why doesn't Diesel Turbo Lifesaver monitor an exhaust gas temperature (EGT) pyrometer?

A:Not all diesel truck owners have, or want to, install pyrometers and /or gauges.

A: To compensate for differences in pyrometers and provide a way to set shutoff temperature, a device that monitors pyrometers requires a "trimpot". Trimpots represent a design flaw in that they may change value with age, temperature, humidity, and VIBRATION (road ,engine or other types). This flaw may cause the shutoff temperature to constantly vary, and in extreme cases may never shut the engine off.

A: Possible owner / installer error when adjusting trimpot. If turbo cool down temp is set overly low (say 200 degrees F in cool ambient temperatures), then the vehicle will not shut off when in high ambient temperatures. The combination of hot intake air (desert air can reach 130 degrees F!) that is warmed by combustion will never let an idling engine's EGT reach a point low enough to shut off. Even if the installer sets the trimpot correctly, there is no guarantee the owner of the vehicle will not readjust it and cause such an error since he thinks "cooler is ALWAYS better". NOTE: Due to trimpot error, today's correct adjustment may be incorrect tomorrow!

A: Time is time - and it never varies. The microcomputer inside Diesel Turbo Lifesaver has it's own built in clock. Don't confuse this computer with integrated circuits with timer trimpots. Again, you are at the mercy of a trimpot. When you set Diesel Turbo Lifesaver, time WILL pass, and your engine WILL shut off when it is supposed to.

Isn't monitoring a pyrometer more accurate than time?

Theoretically, yes. BUT that is only in theory. Most people (including people who sell and install gauges and pyrometers) do not realize that pyrometer based systems are only truly accurate at the temperature in which the gauge and thermocouple were calibrated. Therefore, with a pyrometer based system, at anything other than calibration temperature, your turbo may be being shut off PREMATURELY. If your turbo might not be cooled properly, why buy a pyrometer based system? For the complete story on the accuracy of pyrometers, follow this link to our pyrometer error investigation.

A: We could easily program our internal computer to digitally read both ambient temperature and EGT, and compare the two to determine an ideal turbo shutoff temperature. BUT . . . pyrometers do fail . . . the temperature sensor could fail . . . where is the temperature sensor mounted? . . . is it in the sun, or in the shade? . . . more parts, more to go wrong. One quickly gets a "feel" how hot the turbo is and can set the idle time of Diesel Turbo Lifesaver with uncanny accuracy.

Is Diesel Turbo Lifesaver safe?

YES! Diesel Turbo Lifesaver has many safety features built into it. The most important of which is the ability to cancel an engine idle cycle at any time.

Is Diesel Turbo Lifesaver safe to use with manual transmission vehicles?

YES! The computer in Diesel Turbo Lifesaver allows it to be used on manual transmission vehicles as well as those with automatic transmissions.

Is the Diesel Turbo Lifesaver difficult to install?

A: NO! Diesel Turbo Lifesaver can be installed by the average do-it-yourselfer. We supply our installations kits with VEHICLE SPECIFIC instructions that make installation virtually mistake proof for most people. If you consider low (or in most cases no) installation costs, the Diesel Turbo Lifesaver is not only the BEST, but the most ECONOMICAL unit on the market! Top of Page Q: Does Diesel Turbo Lifesaver do anything else?

How does Diesel Turbo Lifesaver pre-lube my engine?

For the complete story on how Diesel Turbo Lifesaver acts as a pre-luber, follow this link to the pre-lube document. Note: Pre-Lube function operates on 1994 - 2005 Dodge trucks, 1994-2004 Ford trucks and 2000-2002 GM trucks.

Is Diesel Turbo Lifesaver compatible with power modules, chips or programmers?

YES! Diesel Turbo Lifesaver acts like a second igition key for your vehicle. Diesel Turbo Lifesaver runs your engine exactly as the ignition key does. Therefore, we are 100% compatible with power chips, modules, or programmers.