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Old 08 Nov 2005, 12:57 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting my 60k mi service done and I got a call from the mechanic
(I brought it to the dealership, by the way). They said that they saw
some carbon buildup near the throttle (?) and are reccommending a
service. This would involve cleaning off the buildup and putting in
some cleaners. The price: $104.

Anyone else know if this is reasonable or even necessary?

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-dbp

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Old 08 Nov 2005, 09:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Tue, 08 Nov 2005 10:57:58 -0800, dbp wrote:

> I'm getting my 60k mi service done and I got a call from the mechanic
> (I brought it to the dealership, by the way). They said that they saw
> some carbon buildup near the throttle (?) and are reccommending a
> service. This would involve cleaning off the buildup and putting in
> some cleaners. The price: $104.
>
> Anyone else know if this is reasonable or even necessary?
>
> Thanks,
> -dbp


That's the going rate, so they aren't raking you.

Do you need it? Maybe, if you have been running the cheapest, lowest grade
fuel you can buy. Actually, what I do (I don't know if this is GOOD, but
on my older cars it seems to work) is run some fuel system or carb cleaner
into the intake plenum. So far it has worked.

And get some Chevron Techron, or if you live in an area where they sell
Chevron, use it for a while, and then every third tank. It will accomplish
about the same thing as the treatment you tech recommended.

Techron can be purchased in just about any parts store if you don't have
Chevron gas in your area (like in the Northeast...)
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 11:33 am   #3 (permalink)
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Hard to say.
Probably not.
My dealer service department told me they usually don't clean the
throttle plate unless the gas pedal begins to stick. (that would be
closed not open)
Sounds like typical dealer pricing. High.
Sometimes, having the dealer do the work can be a very good idea. They
have the specialized tools and knowledge.
Often, though, you just pay a lot.
The Haynes repair manual shows you how to clean the throttle plate for
around $2 in supplies and this is something you could do yourself if
you're at all comfortable working on cars. The process is quite simple.
Spray, brush, wipe clean.
Sounds like the dealer is also recommending fuel injector cleaning
service which is probably unnecessary. It involves running cleaner
through the fuel rail by disconnecting fuel lines.
Personally, I prefer Red Line complete fuel system cleaner to Techron,
although I do use Chevron gasoline. A bottle of Red Line should work as
well for much less cost.
You don't give your year or engine type, but at around 120,000 miles, I
replaced the idle control valve and did the complete throttle body
cleaning according to the factory service manual which includes
adjusting the TPS (throttle position sensor), using solvent and
compressed air to clean the EGR modulator vacuum orifices, and
adjusting the throttle stop positioner. On mine, each of these areas
showed improvement and needed attention.
So if they were needed, and the dealer were fully removing and
disassembling, cleaning and adjusting the throttle body per the service
manual that would be worth the $104 - but doesn't sound like that is
what they're quoting.

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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:25 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Vash, Daniel, for the helpful advice.

-dbp

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Old 10 Nov 2005, 08:49 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Thats a throttle body cleaning...I do mine with O2 safe cleaner and a
toothbrush in 5 minutes.
Tools required 1 screwdriver, 1 bungee cord to hold the throttle open.

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