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Old 08-23-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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How to: Clean the MAF Sensor

Not much to this but to do it...
What you need:
T27 Torx Bit
Ratchet
Ratchet Extension
Sensor Safe MAF Cleaning Spray
Q-tips





Spray EVERYTHING down with the cleaning spray. Then VERY VERY CAREFULLY take the qtips and after spraying them with the cleaning spray clean the metal inside the plastic piece. On this particular sensor it took 1.5 qtips to clean the sensor completely.



Now that everything is all clean again.. put it back together DUH.. lol

Be sure to get the sensor facing the right way..

Enjoy the better MPG and Performance!!!

And for those who care yes you must keep the screen in your MAF sensor in order to straighten the airflow out over the sensor thus giving a more accurate reading of airflow vs. that of a sensor without a screen. Also there is NO need for upgrading the size of MAF unless you are maxing out the stock one and since you can run 10lbs of boost on the stock maf and not max it I dont wanna hear anyone say that they are maxing their stocker without boost.. lol
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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thanks for the write up.

please learn to use macro zoom.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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not a camera phone but an old digi cam.. polaroid a520

no macro feature but thanks for bitchin.. lol
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:30 PM   #5
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Nice guide! Would this really improve anything though?
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:54 PM   #6
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Nice guide! Would this really improve anything though?

if your sensor is dirty at all then it will improve your MPG and performance
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:50 PM   #7
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bump...
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Well, I know they sell MAF cleaner... but...

What I've been taught by experienced techs is that using MAF cleaner will remove the protective coating on the sensor.

Once you clean it once, you will need to clean it much more often.

So keep that in mind.

(though yes, I know the price of a new MAF sensor)
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:31 PM   #9
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so, could i just use water and qtips? i mean, i dont NEED MAF cleaner, i just want to clean it lol
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:03 AM   #10
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Ah hell, just disassemble it and put it in your dishwasher on gentle cycle.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #11
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Well, I know they sell MAF cleaner... but...

What I've been taught by experienced techs is that using MAF cleaner will remove the protective coating on the sensor.

Once you clean it once, you will need to clean it much more often.

So keep that in mind.

(though yes, I know the price of a new MAF sensor)

well apparently they either werent using CRC cleaner or they never read the can.... it clearly states that it cleans and protects the sensor. I also highly doubt that a product made specifically to clean the sensor would also damage it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:00 PM   #12
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i just did this, along with cleaning the TB. holy moley, i don't think either have been done in the 132,000 miles she has on her. both were absolutely DISGUSTING. and now she idles a LOT better. i definitely suggest doing this along with cleaning the TB... it really improves performance, especially if it's never been done.
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I Did mine, i'm seeing an improvement of about 10mpg
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i've only driven 1.5 miles since doing mine, so i can't vouch for any MPG improvement quite yet! haha
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When I cleaned mine, i just removed the air cleaner and sprayed the MAF cleaner into the intake with the engine running. It did run smopother afterwards!
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When I cleaned mine, i just removed the air cleaner and sprayed the MAF cleaner into the intake with the engine running. It did run smopother afterwards!

...bad idea

you're lucky that nothing happend to your motor or the sensor itself
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...bad idea

you're lucky that nothing happend to your motor or the sensor itself

What could it do tot he motor OR the MAF?? I am sure that was the instructions on the can itself.
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^it won't hurt it, it just might not get it as clean as this posted method.
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^it won't hurt it, it just might not get it as clean as this posted method.

actually as I stated previously it CAN hurt it which is why its a bad idea

you are spraying chemicals in your intake while the engine is running and the sensor is powered up... this is the reason why you are supposed to let the sensor dry before reassembling it.
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