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Old 08-15-03, 02:22 PM
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tech inspection

i'm trying to go to the track (road course)...problem is on the tech inspection they always mention that the car shouldn't have any leaks....how strict are they on this...my car drips a few drops of oil when it's parked...not sure if it's leaking anything while it's moving...but underneath the car you can definitely see it's leaking some oil. obviously if he's leaking a lot of oil i wouldn't want to drive it on the track but as far as i can tell it's not that bad.
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Old 08-15-03, 05:36 PM
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Mines leaks just a bit at the oil lines. Just a drip hear and there when it sits. Have no problems. Only way to find out is go through tech and see what they say.
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Old 08-15-03, 06:34 PM
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Just go to the track. Honestly, they're not going to notice a tiny drip, which I think is what you're saying your car has. They normally look over the car, inside and out, and under the hood. I have never had one check under the car.

At track days (not racing events), they look for a few key items:

1.) Battery securely mounted.
2.) Throttle return spring working.
3.) No missing lugnuts.
4.) Nothing obviously wrong with tires/wheels.
5.) No floormats or objects on floor that could get underneath the pedals and cause you to lose control.

And realize that they're not looking to screw anybody out of track time. As a matter of fact, it's quite the opposite: they are trying to get *everybody* out on track, within reason. In my experience, it is very rare that someone actually outright fails tech. Normally, the inspector will tell you to correct anything that you can (like "put your floormats in the trunk", if you didn't already). It's not like dealing with the Soup ****! These guys are volunteers.

It takes something very obviously and seriously wrong to get them to actually fail you on tech. If your throttle return spring doesn't work, or your battery is sitting in your passenger seat, then yeah, you probably shouldn't be allowed on the track... Otherwise, they might tell you about certain items that they would like to see corrected next time, but that doesn't keep you from going out on the track for that day.
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cool..hopefully my car wont have any boost problems this time (like the last two times)...if it does i'm seriously going to sell it and get something more reliable...
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The tech guys for my auto-x club simply ask: "Do you have any UNUSUAL oil leaks?" I guess the RX-7's reputation proceeds it...
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I wouldn't stress it, mine drips a bit of oil on the garage after I park it for a few days, nothing out of control.

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What would they say to a MECH. Fuel pressure gauge mounted inside the car....IE. A fuel line into the car?
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Track days mostly operate under the honesty policy. There is usually a check list they require to be filled out and signed by you or a mechanic. How stringent depends on the sanctioning body.
There simply isn't time for them to do a complete check of each car, so they look for the obvious & frequently over looked items. Go through tech one or twice and you'll get a good idea of what they expect.
They say no leaks to prevent people from oiling down the track and creating a dangerous situation. Use your best judgment.

Get that fuel line out of the cabin ASAP.
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Jimmy, don't smoke in your car
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Old 08-26-03, 07:18 AM
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Ya know if I remember right the GCR oddly enough doesn't restrict fuel pressure gauges from being set inside the car. They do allow fuel line (has to be braided) inside the cockpit which is a no-no with the NHRA.
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