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Old 01-10-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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Is it safe to run?

So yesterday, I gave my friend a hand installing a cai on his 01 GT in 5 degree weather.

Simple install, of course, untill we ran into fitment issues.

Had to take the throttle body spacer off for it to fit.
Unfortunately, the screws were way longer than the stock ones, and my genius buddy snapped the one screw off that connects the tb to the intake manifold. (the upper right, where the screw cannot be seen)

We were able to screw the tb to the intake, but it is not entirely sealed due to that broken screw

Can he idle the car as is or should he not run it and drill out that broken screw and fasten the tb down tight.
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Re: Is it safe to run?

The problem you might run into is unmetered air getting in. Since he took the spacer off can he not just use the factory screws?
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Re: Is it safe to run?

it will run,but it will run very lean. you can start it to drive into the shop. if you drive it down the road it's not gonna be good for the motor
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Re: Is it safe to run?

The O2 sensors will keep it from getting too lean as long as you don't get into open loop mode. If I didn't have to drive it, I wouldn't. If he needs it to get him to work, or school, or something, it should be okay. Just stay out of the throttle. Because if he gets into it enough to get into open loop, it'll ignore the O2s and it'll be real lean.
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Okay, good. He bought the car with the spacer, so he doesn't have the original screws. He's going away for a month so he didn't have time to get new screws.

His parents may gave to move it to 10 feet tops, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Is it safe to run?

There's a goddamn tank in the upper left side against the firewall with a large foam covered line that's stiff as hell. That's what kept the cai from working with the spacer.
Does anybody know what that tank is for. I'd relocate/lower it for him if possible.

This is on a 4.6 2v SOHC.
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