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Old 02-08-2001, 02:34 PM
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I have 1997 f-150 4x4, 4.6L with the dreaded miss at idle. The truck has 87000 miles on it and I have the K&N filter kit installed. At idle when the truck is warm and has less than 1/4 tank of gas it misses. I have read most of the other posts on the subject and tested or changed several of the filters, pcv etc.. and still no fix. The throttle body is very dirty, but the haynes manual says not to use cleaners on it. Does anyone have a soultion?
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Old 02-08-2001, 04:18 PM
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I have an intake cleaner that works really well. It is a foaming cleaner that goes through your intake--where you airfilter is.

It will not hurt emmission equipment. The product is called power foam.


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Old 02-08-2001, 08:51 PM
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Ford says not to use cleaners because they have applied a coating to the inside of you intake. Any cleaners will damage this coating.

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Old 02-08-2001, 09:25 PM
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Fordflyer Just use some carb or throttle body cleaner on a rag or a nylon brush works the best. Thats what we use in our shop never mind what the sticker or manuals say I've cleaned more throttle bodys than you can imagime, this way dosen't hurt a thing.
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Old 02-08-2001, 10:43 PM
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I absolutely agree.....clean your throttle body. There is a D.A.G. coating that is applied by Ford that creates a controlled seal between the throttle plate and the aluminum casting. If you clean gently with a wet rag and toothbrush, ( I mean wet with GUMOUT or other carb cleaner), you won't remove enough of this coating to make a difference. The engine has an idle control solenoid that compensates for small differences in idle air anyway.

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Old 02-09-2001, 07:27 AM
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I have a better idea! Go to a local B&G dealer and have a complete engine decarb done with B&G products!!!

I've done this and WOW! Feels like you get as much power back to the engine as a Superchip gives! No kidding!


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Old 02-10-2001, 12:34 AM
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Try STP Throttle Body and Air Intake cleaner. Says safe for coatings.
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Old 02-10-2001, 12:47 AM
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Thanks for the info. I plan to clean it this weekend.
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Old 02-10-2001, 04:35 PM
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When I ported mine it had metal shavings in it. I cleaned it in my kitchen sink with dish soap and water and brush. I was careful not to wet the tps contacts. No problem so far. I would suggest that any commercial product that claims safe for throttle bodies would be OK.


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