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Old 01-03-2004, 02:22 AM   #1
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I want to clean my throttle body but I just want to make sure no damage would occure to the supercharger by spraying the TB with carb cleaner to clean out all the crap. There aren't any bearings or anything like that that woudl be damaged are there? I don't want to use something to clean my TB if it is going to end up damaging the supercharger by removing the grease from the bearings. any input would be awesome! also, on the bolts for the MAf sensor, there'* a little nipple on the torx screw preventing the use of normal torx bits. any idea where you get torx bits that have a hole in the center so I can remove the MAF sensor? Thanks guys!
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just cleaned mt throttle body today. the best thing to do is to remove the throttle body itself. then spray away.should be 3 14mm nuts to remove plus your throttle clips you con get the correct torx driver for your local sears hardware store. for best results, remove maf screen during cleaning process.
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just cleaned mt throttle body today. the best thing to do is to remove the throttle body itself. then spray away.should be 3 14mm nuts to remove plus your throttle clips you con get the correct torx driver for your local sears hardware store. for best results, remove maf screen during cleaning process.
Did you remove your TB when you did yours? I was thinking if you kept it installed then it'd clean out the */c rotors, and the intake valves and everything else, making most of the intake cleaner.. If I removed the TB then I'd need to get a new throttle body gasket correct? I"m not so sure if I want to remove it because of the hassle of the coolant lines, etc.
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the only way to clean it right is to remove it. You'll lose VERY little coolant. This is the highest point in the system. Don't use carb cleaner. Use only intake-safe cleaner, and remove the maf sensor while doing it.

Spraying cleaner into the intake will do nothing for your TB. It'* the back side of the Throttle plate that gets the worst.
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If the throttle body is that easy to remove I might as well replace it with a 2000+ throttle body, I'm not sure what year the TB got bigger, but I think that has something to do with why the 2000 SSEi has such better throttle response, the TB is a lot bigger on that one than my 97. any aftermarket TB'* you can buy? I remember seeing them online at one time but I can't remember where or how much. :( they apparently flowed much better than the stock ones.
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96-03 are all the same TB diameter. Even if you got a bigger one, you'd have to replace the MAF and probably buy an AFC controller.
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Im thinking of doing this soon..cant you just drain a bit of coolant out of the rad? so some drains out of the TB into the rad? Ive got a chiltons so i think that will help lots.
I also have half a can of TB cleaner.
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You'll only lose about a quarter cup. It'* the high point of the system.
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oh okay, the chilton made it sound like alot more..not a biggie then.
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