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Old 12-22-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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CAI cleaning ???

I recently bought an ebay CAI. How do I clean it and how often?
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well basically you clean the air filter and reoil it every so often, once a year or so.

After you reoil it drive it for a day then take out the MAF and clean the sensor with ON CONTACT NO RESIDUE electronic parts cleaner. Then drive it a couple weeks and do it again. The gunk from the oil will get on the sensor and make your car idle bad etc etc.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:38 AM   #3
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As he said a No Residue Electrical Contact Cleaner.



If you have a plastic MAF housing get the one that is "Plastic Safe"
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wher can u get that
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Any auto parts store should carrry CRC
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Your local auto parts store
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Herb you ninjad me
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I was told to use Carb Cleaner for the MAF and it worked fine for me, car still runs strong, and idle is back to normal once i cleaned the MAF.
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I was told to use Carb Cleaner for the MAF and it worked fine for me, car still runs strong, and idle is back to normal once i cleaned the MAF.
Then you were given the wrong info

The Mass is a very delicate sensor. It uses two wires to measure the amount of air flowing into the engine. The two wires are heated (by electricity) and the more electricity used to heat them tells the ECU how much air is flowing past them.
Between very fine dirt and the trend towards oiled filters it's very important to clean the MAF. Cleaning the MAF has so many benefits it's unreal. Between reducing pinging, increasing mileage, and preventing it from burning out (saving yourself $$$) there's no reason to not clean the MAF sensor once every 6 months. Also clean it shortly after installing or reinstalling an oil filed.
You don't need many tools. As a matter of fact, and the pictured stuff is all you'll need:
You'll need a flat head screwdriver. Those are Safety Torx or Tamper Proof Torx bits. You can buy a whole set like I did or just get size T-20.
Now, it's time for an important note. You see that big red aerosol can? It's ELECTRICAL CONTACT CLEANER. This is the only thing you should use to clean your MAF. Only ELECTRICAL CONTACT CLEANER. No windex, no brake cleaner, no rubbing alcohol, and no Q-Tips.
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Oh man i hope i didnt screw up that sensor. I'll go get some of that cleaner today and clean it agian thanks bro
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