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MAf cleaning..quick question

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Black_S3, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. Black_S3
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    [Mar 12, 2009]
    Can i clean the MAF with carb cleaner?
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    [Mar 12, 2009]
    or electrical contact cleaner
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    Cool,just needed to make sure.Dont wanna mess anything up.
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    I'd avoid carb cleaner as it contains oil to lubricate as well as clean.
    stick to electrical contact cleaner or brake cleaner which evaporate almost instantly.
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    get it checked on vagcom afterwards....MAF doesnt respond well to cleaning of any nature from what ive seen in the past - i just replaced the thing
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    I have to say I don't think cleaning is worth the effort, get yourself an OEM replacement not some cheap one from eBay or even from GSF/ECP (Yeah I know they are Bosch), stick to the main dealers.
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    I cleaned mine a while back using isopropanol (sp?)

    About £5 from maplins

    Just make sure you give it plenty of time to dry properly
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    lots of people cleaned their MAF's without problem.
    ditto on the letting it dry FULLY before reconnecting
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    lots have cleaned them with bad effect too. my mind is that if theres any question then repalce unless the cost is huge...which it wasnt...just my take though
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    doesnt it need readjusting in vagcom after cleaning?
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    nope plug it in and it will do its own thing
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    The MAF can have a huge effect on the performance and economy of your car - You've only got to consider the reasons why you want to change it. IMHO spend the £65 or on a new one and be sure it's working properly, after all you don't change the oil and clean the filter do you.
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