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Old 19 Mar 2013, 04:35 pm   #1 (permalink)
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went to dealer for oil change,of course they always find some thing to make
money on .I have 2007 corolla with 35,000 miles on it,then he tells me my
throttle body needs to decarbonized ,this car runs perfect,idles
good,accelerates good.They want over $100 for this.Any body run into this
"problem" ?? Thanks

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Old 19 Mar 2013, 07:41 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On 3/19/2013 1:35 PM, pacca wrote:
> went to dealer for oil change,of course they always find some thing to
> make money on .I have 2007 corolla with 35,000 miles on it,then he tells
> me my throttle body needs to decarbonized ,this car runs perfect,idles
> good,accelerates good.They want over $100 for this.Any body run into
> this "problem" ?? Thanks


Sounds like what Click and Clack refer to as the "Bilstein Wallet
Flush." If you use a detergent gasoline (all gasoline in California is
detergent gasoline) it's highly unlikely that you'd benefit from such a
procedure.

I would avoid that dealer in the future since they are not trustworthy.
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Old 19 Mar 2013, 09:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
Geoff Welsh
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pacca wrote:
> went to dealer for oil change,of course they always find some thing to
> make money on .I have 2007 corolla with 35,000 miles on it,then he tells
> me my throttle body needs to decarbonized ,this car runs perfect,idles
> good,accelerates good.They want over $100 for this.Any body run into
> this "problem" ?? Thanks


De-carbonize is a fancy word for clean. You can do this yourself with
throttle body cleaner and a rag. Simply remove the air intake tube from
the throttle body to gain access. Although it is not likely dirty
enough to cause issues at 35,000 that doesn't mean it won't be
eventually....especially if you don't replace the air filter often enough.

Analogy: Do you wait until you can't see out of the windows to wash a
car? Of course not.

Cleaning the throttle body is considered routine maintenance on any
modern car, and if you can't do it yourself it costs whatever a place
charges.
GW
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Old 19 Mar 2013, 09:47 pm   #4 (permalink)
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SMS wrote:
> On 3/19/2013 1:35 PM, pacca wrote:
>> went to dealer for oil change,of course they always find some thing to
>> make money on .I have 2007 corolla with 35,000 miles on it,then he tells
>> me my throttle body needs to decarbonized ,this car runs perfect,idles
>> good,accelerates good.They want over $100 for this.Any body run into
>> this "problem" ?? Thanks

>
>... If you use a detergent gasoline (all gasoline in California is
> detergent gasoline) it's highly unlikely that you'd benefit from such a
> procedure.


That's ridiculous. Gasoline is injected into the intake
manifold....AFTER....the air (clean or dirty) goes through the throttle
body.

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Old 20 Mar 2013, 05:21 pm   #5 (permalink)
Elmo P. Shagnasty
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In article <kiai38$bo4$1@dont-email.me>, "pacca" <snoopy@nospam.com>
wrote:

> I have 2007 corolla with 35,000 miles on it,then he tells me my
> throttle body needs to decarbonized ,this car runs perfect,idles
> good,accelerates good.They want over $100 for this.Any body run into this
> "problem" ?? Thanks


My dad had a 98 Honda Odyssey that for some reason kept building up crud
in the throttle body, to the point where the pedal would stick before he
could engage it. Nothing earth shattering, but annoying as hell.

Yes, the throttle body can get to the point where it needs cleaned. But
you can do that yourself, or find an independent shop to do it.

Next time you go to the dealer for an oil change, you should get some
nail polish and paint tiny little marks across the edges of
screws/fasteners to things like your air cleaner, etc. Then when they
say "we see this," you can go under the hood and see if those marks are
disturbed or not.

Chances are, you'll find not. Which means they didn't look, they're
just throwing some spaghetti against your wall in the hopes that some
sticks and they get extra business out of you. Not that they won't do
the work, but that the work maybe didn't need done.

You need to find a mechanic you can trust.
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