Throttle body cleaning

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jerry, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    In some messages I see references to a throttle body cleaning.
    Should it be done like a maintenance item, on a regular basis?
    If yes, how often should it be done (mileage/months)?
    How to do it, or where may I find the description?

    Thank you,

    Jerry, Dec 16, 2003
  2. Jerry

    Skid Guest

    I do mine every year. Use pliers to loosen the clamp on the air-intake hose,
    and pull it off, it may take some twisting, but it will come off with
    effort. I prefer to do this on a warm engine. Use a can of carburetor
    cleaner, and with the engine running, spray into the throttle body, but you
    will need to rev the engine while doing, otherwise you will stall.
    Skid, Dec 16, 2003
  3. Jerry

    Dan Hicks Guest

    I know this is sometimes just a scam the dealers run. They say
    they'll clean the throttle body, but all they do is spray some
    Gumout into the throat, maybe put something in the gas, and then
    charge you $50 or so.

    Normally it shouldn't need cleaning unless you've been using bad
    gas, backfiring a lot, or running without the air cleaner. Usually
    you'd only do it if symptoms suggested it was needed.
    Dan Hicks, Dec 17, 2003
  4. Jerry

    Napalm Heart Guest

    Don't use carburetor cleaner. Get cleaner that says it is for
    throttle bodies. The carb clean is too aggressive for some of the TB
    I use an old tooth brush to clean the plate. They seem to get gummed
    up pretty easy. Once a year and you shouldn't have to deal with the
    symptoms a dirty plate can cause.
    Napalm Heart, Dec 17, 2003
  5. I suspected that TB cleaner was 'watered down', actually, I found it
    worked *better* than carb cleaner....
    Philip Nasadowski, Dec 17, 2003
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