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Old 03-05-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Yaris MAF cleaner

Hi All

Can anyone help what cleaner can be used to clean the MAF.

Is carbureter cleaner is suitable ?

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Old 03-05-2019, 01:07 PM   #2
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Nope. Use MAF specific cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Brake/Carb cleaners can leave behind a film on the sensor which will cause codes.


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Old 03-05-2019, 03:59 PM   #3
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Thanks that's weird i have seen on youtube people recommending to use carb

Can we use below

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/en...-cleaner-500ml



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Old 03-05-2019, 04:20 PM   #4
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I would use only a cleaner that is specifically marked as "for MAFs". I do not want to take any risk. Therefore you should not user the suggested cleaner.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:38 PM   #5
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Thanks that's weird i have seen on youtube people recommending to use carb

Can we use below

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/en...-cleaner-500ml



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Yes, electrical contact cleaner is fine.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:12 AM   #6
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While it's "not recommended" many mechanics have been using brake cleaner and carb cleaner for years with no problems. I've used brake cleaner on more than a couple vehicles with no issues. All the aerosol cleaners are very similar to each other with most being a mix of highly volatile solvents and a propellant.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:40 AM   #7
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Which brake cleaner are they using? (High VOC or low VOC)
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:20 PM   #8
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I've used brake cleaner for years to clean MAF. The VOC is irrelevant, just use what you got and make sure it doesn't leave a residue.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:59 PM   #9
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Doesn't the MAF sensor have to survive everything gaseous coming up from the crankcase and through under the valve cover?
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:48 AM   #10
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We use the CRC MAF Sensor Cleaner. Although you can also use other brands of MAF Sensor cleaners, as well as, electrical contact cleaners.

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Old 03-07-2019, 08:55 AM   #11
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Doesn't the MAF sensor have to survive everything gaseous coming up from the crankcase and through under the valve cover?
No. The MAF is before the intersection where the crank case gases enter..
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:57 AM   #12
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I've used brake cleaner for years to clean MAF. The VOC is irrelevant, just use what you got and make sure it doesn't leave a residue.
Buy a cheap OBDII scanner to clear the codes that you will get from "just use what ya got".
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:46 AM   #13
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I still do not understand why someone would spray the brake cleaner on MAF sensor.
200ml MAF cleaner spray (by Liqui Moly) costs some 6 USD here, over the years I used it to clean 5 MAFs and one throttle body and there is still something remaining for further usage.
Which means it costs less than 1 USD to clean the MAF properly and risk-free.
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:47 AM   #14
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No. The MAF is before the intersection where the crank case gases enter..
Then what gets it dirty?
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:47 PM   #15
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Then what gets it dirty?
There are still fine particulates that get through an air filter. This very slowly over time accumulates on the fine wire in the maf.

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Old 03-07-2019, 05:27 PM   #16
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There are still fine particulates that get through an air filter. This very slowly over time accumulates on the fine wire in the maf.

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Also, depending upon the MAF design one wire is heated, like a toaster element and can burn said particulates, which stick to it. This is why you don't want to clean the MAF with anything that leaves a residue. It will burn on too and give incorrect data.
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:07 PM   #17
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Buy a cheap OBDII scanner to clear the codes that you will get from "just use what ya got".
To clarify, I meant use whatever brake cleaner you have as long as it doesn't leave a residue. It will not trigger codes.
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:42 AM   #18
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use whatever brake cleaner you have as long as it doesn't leave a residue
The residues are often not visible and can be even more problematic after heating up. You can trust the statement on the can that says "leaves no residue" but bear in mind that these statements are always related to the primary usage of the spray which for brake cleaner means "leaves no residue that would have negative impact on brakes".
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