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Throttle body cleaning vs dealership

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by dustinclm, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    dustinclm

    dustinclm [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Monday I cleaned my throttle body for the first time. I got the cleaner from autozone and removed the intake and scrubbed and scrubbed with a toothbrush. Everyhing infront of the butterfly plate was soptless then I pulled back the butterfly plate and scrubbed as far in there a I could reach. After scrubbing as best I could, I put it back together.i known there was some buildup still in the places I couldn't reach but I sprayed the cleaner in there. the dealership did an inspection today and said the throttle body needed cleaning. Is this one of there "scams" or is there more in there I couldn't reach and that the cleaner didnt get?
     
  2. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    RelentlessFab

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    sounds like a scam to me if you were thorough with it like you sound.
     
  3. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    oh man, they never stop do they. i'd say you're good to go. they probably didn't even look at it. they do stuff like this a lot.
    i hooked up the code reader to my mom's sequoia and it told me "1 of 1 codes #xxxxx" it was the o2 sensor....i had gotten a "free code reading" cupon from the local merchants or something like that a day or two earlier. i thought, jsut for shits and giggles, let me bring it in and see if they try to rip me. sure enough, they said it threw 3 codes....but refused to tell me what they were, they jsut wanted me to leave it there for them to "fix"
     
  4. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM
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    I was thorough as I could be to my knowledge of it. It was my first time I cleaned it and as far as that toothbrush would reach I made sure it was cleaned. I do have 120k miles so I'm sure there is some buildup past my reach but isn't that what the cleaner is for? So I think they are scamming me also
     
  5. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    dirty means, that dark black buildup that gets all over your hands if you touch it. when it's clean, it'll be ther bare, silver, metal. if really clean, you should be able to run your finger along it and not have any black stuff on your finger. what's yours look like?
     
  6. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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    No, they're just being very friendly and want it cleaned after it's been cleaned! That's some damn good service!

    They should have also recommended the johnson rod re-torque, and the flux capacitor tuning.

    lol...sorry, no it's just the dealership (stealership) wanting to charge you for unnecessary service, and to make more money off of you.
    I'm willing to bet they didn't even take a look at the throttle body.

    If it's still a little dirty it's not a big deal......have a good one.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    dustinclm

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    Everything infront of the butterfly plate is clean bare metal as is the metal as far in as I can reach. I scrubbed so long the toothbrush actually cracked in 1/2 and I'm not makin that up. Now past my reach I'm sure there is buildup from the last 9 years of use but I sprayed the can of cleaner back there
     
  8. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    colinb17

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    yeah, you have nothing to worry about. they're just doing business (though imoral)
     
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