By April 12, 2012 Read More →

Throttle Body Cleaner

Throttle body cleaningRecently I had a rough idle problem and harder/longer to start than normal issue on my own personal 2005 Ford F150 pick up truck with a 4.6L V8 engine.

Why Clean the Throttle Body

Some common complaints when the throttle body is dirty and needs to be cleaned are:

1. Rough idle speed – shaking or trying to die when the vehicle is at idle

2. Slower starts – the engine seems to start and die or turns over longer than normal

3. Erratic idle speeds – idle speed seem to surge up and down or when you turn the A/C on the idle speed is too low and the engine dies

4. Decrease in fuel mileage

Just about any auto mechanic or oil change mechanic will be able to perform this for you, or if you want to try it yourself, you can purchase a small steel brush and a can of Throttle body cleaner from your local auto parts store and do it yourself.

When To Clean Throttle Body

I would recommend you have your throttle body cleaned at about every 30,000 miles as part of your regular scheduled maintenance program.

If you have never had the throttle body in your vehicle cleaned, I would bet you would see and feel a huge difference in the smoothness of the idle speed as well as quicker starting time.

There are many cleaners available at your part store, I like one by CRC Industries, but any will work.

Here is a short video of us cleaning mine on my truck

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Thank you to Walter Jones and Christian Brothers Automotive center

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Austin Davis, consumer car repair advocate. "Hi there! I love to help people solve their car repair problems and I hope my site was helpful to you today. Thank you for stopping by."

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