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Old 01-21-2006, 05:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to DIY car repairs...where is the throttle body in this picture...I am going to attempt to clean it with carb cleaner
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You'll want to zoom in to see this better since the original is quite small.

I highlighted a couple extra things for your benefit since I had my trusty Paint open anyway.

TB: Throttle Body
IAC: Idle Air Controller / Idle Air Control Valve
MAF: Mass Air Flow Sensor

If you were to remove the hose clamp on the left side of that accordian-like hose coming out of the TB and MAF you could look inside the TB and you would see the throttle butterfly. As you press down on the accelerator pedal, the throttle cable that is underneath that shiny black plastic cover (directly under the IAC and TB in the photo) tightens and causes the throttle butterflies to rotate, which allows more air into the engine.

...Just some basics, hope that helps. Let us know if you have other questions
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Old 01-21-2006, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is it ok to clean the Throttle Body with Carb Cleaner or Throttle Body Cleaner? I know there's a sticker on the inside of mine on my Vulcan that says not to use any cleaners on it because of a protective coating. I used to have to clean my TB on my old Mitsubishi Diamante all the time... but I've been afraid to clean it on the Taurus cause I don't want to cause any damage!
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Do NOT use carb cleaner on the throttle body! Use only a cleaner that specifically says it's safe for coated TBs.
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From what i know, that sticker is there because there is a "coating" to prevent buildup of gunk on the TB. Well, if you look at the TB, it obviously doesn't work. I still went with a TB cleaner, but i'm not too worried about cleaning it.
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Originally posted by RF Overlord@Jan 21 2006, 09:12 AM
Do NOT use carb cleaner on the throttle body! Use only a cleaner that specifically says it's safe for coated TBs.
And what cleaner would that be? I haven't seen any. all I've ever seen is TB and Carb Cleaners.
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Use TB cleaner that says it's safe for Teflon coated TBs. CRC makes some and you can get it at Kragen's for a couple bucks. It's in a red and black aerosol can.
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