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Old 10-02-2004, 08:43 PM   #11
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Ok I think we're looking at this two different ways. I'm suggesting pulling the TB off, pulling the sensors, and cleaning them separately. You're not going to have a level of residue left over that would adversely affect the plastic intake if allowed to dry, which you should do to anything you clean anyway so thats always assumed.
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The point is that there is always someone who will cut corners, or do this on a cold day when the cleaner doesn't fully evaporate. It'* best to discourage the use of Carb cleaner to cover all cases.

Even I won't use the stuff. It'* not worth the chance. If you get in the habit, you end up using it for the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong way. Best not to even have the can around.
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I need it around, I do own a lawn mower . Although.. I am going to agree.. even though i've already done it, I won't do it again, in light of recent information.


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The point is that there is always someone who will cut corners, or do this on a cold day when the cleaner doesn't fully evaporate. It'* best to discourage the use of Carb cleaner to cover all cases.

Even I won't use the stuff. It'* not worth the chance. If you get in the habit, you end up using it for the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong way. Best not to even have the can around.
haha..I don't believe in saying "no way!" just because a few people might misuse it.
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I've seen 2 MAF sensors on this site killed by carb cleaner. Since seeing that, I've stuck to the rule that Carb cleaner is for Carburetors, Intake cleaner is for Throttle Bodies. You can't make a mistake that way.

Buying the right product to clean can save you money in the long run. Those of you who know how much a MAF sensor is know what I mean by that.
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I've seen 2 MAF sensors on this site killed by carb cleaner. Since seeing that, I've stuck to the rule that Carb cleaner is for Carburetors, Intake cleaner is for Throttle Bodies. You can't make a mistake that way.

Buying the right product to clean can save you money in the long run. Those of you who know how much a MAF sensor is know what I mean by that.
wow two? that sucks...how did it happen?
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Both were over a year ago before we started the 'intake-safe-only' crusade. We can argue until the cows come home, but I'll still stick to the right cleaner for the right job. Just in case. I don't want to be the guy to overlook this or give the wrong advice, and be responsible for a failed MAF sensor.

Ultimately, it'* each member'* choice, but they should be warned at the very least.

An analogy would be the problems with Shell gasoline. We've had a few members experience this, so the SAFE way around it is to simply avoid it. Avoiding Carb cleaner is a little easier than avoiding Shell.
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Yeah... sensor safe intake cleaner only.. I lost the MAF in my '87 to carb cleaner. You give some redneck a car with computers and sensors without telling them It'* a bad thing to spray carb cleaner in there, Things happen. Not everyone knows not to spray it directly on the sensor... while the car is running... But I did figure out quite quickly why it never ran the same after.
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Yeah... sensor safe intake cleaner only.. I lost the MAF in my '87 to carb cleaner. You give some redneck a car with computers and sensors without telling them It'* a bad thing to spray carb cleaner in there, Things happen. Not everyone knows not to spray it directly on the sensor... while the car is running... But I did figure out quite quickly why it never ran the same after.
In that case I should quit using knives cause one time I cut myself trying to cut a coffee can.
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Agreed. Carb cleaner is just that, "carb cleaner". Do we have a carb? I think not!

TB cleaner or Intake safe cleaner is the safe way to go and the chance of killing a MAF is slim to nothing with it.
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