I have the throttle body cleaner, but when I purchased it and asked the auto-zone guy who sold it to me if there were any special instructions/precautions/whatever I should take when removing and cleaning the throttle body.. He informed me that I would also need to purchase a little plastic gasket thing (Cannot remember the technical term...). The plastic item runs around $40; I can get it within the next couple of days. Do I actually need this item, or was the auto-zone man just screwing with me?
The car has begun displaying some new interesting symptoms.
It still drives just fine once you finally get it started and into gear, but if it sits in park for 5 or more minutes the temperature gauge slowly begins to rise.. Much more rapidly than it should. The battery also begins losing voltage, I saw it drop all the way down to the "8" on the gauge. Cranking the defrost seems to slow the progress of the rising temperature, but does nothing for the battery. It does this indiscriminately whether the car is in park, neutral, or in drive with the brake on. Once you get it moving down the road, the gauges return to normal readings.
My car has always stayed around the 200 degree mark on the temp gauge and around the "14" for the battery gauge until today.
I think problems have begun compounding... When it rains, it pours, right? Haha.