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Old 01-09-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Cleaning Throttle Body

Gonna clean up my throttle body today..gonna grab a can of CRC TB cleaner..what's the best way to clean it?
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Shim the plate open with something that won't score it, then clean by hand. Don't just blast all the crud into your intake manifold... I wrapped a screwdriver with a rag, soaked it with brake cleaner and scrubbed away.
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Shim the plate open with something that won't score it, then clean by hand. Don't just blast all the crud into your intake manifold... I wrapped a screwdriver with a rag, soaked it with brake cleaner and scrubbed away.
Could I remove it and clean thoroughly so don't gotta worry Bout blasting the crap into my manifold?
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Yeah, you could always take the whole thing off. Guess i'm just lazy. Most of the gunk builds around where the plate closes though.
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How many miles on your car? Let us know if it makes a big difference.
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How many miles on your car? Let us know if it makes a big difference.
113k miles .. Anyone come across a guide how to clean it thoroughly?
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Taking it off is really the way to go, i did mine a couple weeks ago. Just be careful when doing it and its easy. Once its off, you can wedge the plate open with a piece of soft wood or I just held mine open with my thumb, spray some carb cleaner in there, you will have to use a toothbrush or similiar, just spraying will not work. Spray, scrub, spray scrub, wont take long at all.
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Taking it off is really the way to go, i did mine a couple weeks ago. Just be careful when doing it and its easy. Once its off, you can wedge the plate open with a piece of soft wood or I just held mine open with my thumb, spray some carb cleaner in there, you will have to use a toothbrush or similiar, just spraying will not work. Spray, scrub, spray scrub, wont take long at all.
Easy to take off? Just unhook the intake hose and just a few bolts I'd imagine?
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Intake bolts, the hard steel line in the back (EGR?) and the various hoses, throttle linkage. Be careful when pulling it off to not lose the rubber oring gasket underneath, the manifold is plastic so dont go crazy when reinstalling those bolts.
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I've heard from a friend who is an ASE certified mater mechanic that Ford puts a Teflon coating in the throttle body/plenum that if you use cleaner on it will break it down. So if your going to clean it I would take it off the car and spray and scrub it clean.
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I might just have to clean mine this weekend. Let me know how it goes, if you take the whole TB off.
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I've heard from a friend who is an ASE certified mater mechanic that Ford puts a Teflon coating in the throttle body/plenum that if you use cleaner on it will break it down. So if your going to clean it I would take it off the car and spray and scrub it clean.
Spray it with what ?
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This is what I picked up, now I'm afraid to clean it lol
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If you do decide to clean it (which is unnecessary 99.44% of the time--what makes you feel it needs to be cleaned?) you should check the throttle stop screw setting afterwards--here is how to do that.

The plate and bore of the stock TB is coated on some assemblies to minimise the plate sticking closed--when you "clean" off that coating the preset air bleed through the TB increases which can cause the PCM to no longer be able to properly control idle speed.

FWIW I have never found a need to clean an EFI throttle body in nearly 40 years of working on EFI engines...
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Well I cleaned it..sprayed some tb cleaner on a rag an went at it, man was there some nasty gunk in there...taken it for a drive now
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I wouldnt worry to much about the coating, considering the thing is black as tar inside. I did mine because I had just put in a new CAI and wanted a nice clean path.
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I wouldnt worry to much about the coating, considering the thing is black as tar inside. I did mine because I had just put in a new CAI and wanted a nice clean path.
Yea I cleaned it up, not much of a difference but for my satisfaction there is no black nasty gunk sitting in my TB anymore..took me 5 minutes so why not do it every few months or year ya know
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Thats how I feel about it, cant hurt.
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Yea I cleaned it up, not much of a difference but for my satisfaction there is no black nasty gunk sitting in my TB anymore..took me 5 minutes so why not do it every few months or year ya know
Did you take it off to clean?
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Did you take it off to clean?
Nope, just too air tube off..sprayed cleaner on the rag and a tiny bit inside , wrapped the rag around a longish screwdriver, opened up the throttle and scrub with the screwdriver wrapped in a rag..clean as a whistle now
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I think I'm gonna take mine off. Not sure yet
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Best bet is to take it off. Not hard at all. I'm not very mechanically inclined and it was a breeze. It makes it so u can clean the entire tb and have it looking perfect. It allows u to clean all the spots that everything connects to. Mine was even a lil dirty on the bottom where it connects to the IM
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So the whole tb/plenum with horse?
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Could even paint it while it was off. If your into that kinda thing.
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Could even paint it while it was off. If your into that kinda thing.
+1 I might
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Could even paint it while it was off. If your into that kinda thing.
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I painted thebackground of the pony on mine black while it was off.
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Is it hard to take the whole tb/plenum or just take everything off it
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Just make sure if your cleaning the tb/ plenum to take off the tps. A lot of the cleaners will mess them up
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Just make sure if your cleaning the tb/ plenum to take off the tps. A lot of the cleaners will mess them up
I took the whole thing off the mani and cleaned it
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