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Unread 10-27-2010, 02:06 PM   #16
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I wiped down the mouth of the throttle opening. There was a light greasy buildup there. I then used Seafoam's intake cleaner that you spray into the intake while the engine is running for 3 minutes. My gas mileage does seem to be up by 1 or 2 mpg. I religiously track my gas mileage so I would know if it was getting better. My question is why does having a little buildup of gunk in the intake affect the gas mileage?
The light build up will not affect gas miliage. After a while it will affect your performance. once it does then it will affect your gas miliage.

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I sometimes get a stumble at idle. Does cleaning this sound like it would help? How did yours run differently after you were done?
Yes, I sould help if that is the problem. Mine would sometimes stumble or run rough. What forced me to clean it is that is was starting to stall. Once I cleaned it, smooth idle and no stalling.

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This write up is great. How often should i clean my throttle body and IAC? I have 33,000 miles on my jeep now and it has never been done. Do you think it would be dirty enough to clean at 33,000 or should i wait longer?
Mine was 65k to 70k since I got my jeep and this was the first time I did this. I would guess every 20k-30 would be fine as just preventative maintenance.

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Good post. I'd add to be careful with the IAC housing gasket unless you are making one or have a spare (they are a pain to fabricate from gasket stock). It cracks easily.

Also to have a VERY clean surface on which to work.

Lastly, USE EYE PROTECTION. Throttle body cleaner is some nasty crap to get in your eyes.
yes, you need it to be clean and make sure nothing falls inside your upper intake. I used Hi-Temp RTV for my gasket

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Unread 10-27-2010, 10:42 PM   #17
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fishinjeeper you are my hero!!!!!!! I have asked how to cleasn the IAC and Throttle body twice and all i have gotten was the picture of where it was not what to do. Thank you soooo much for the write up I know what I am doing on my next day off. Thanks again
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Unread 10-29-2010, 01:37 PM   #18
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Unread 10-29-2010, 02:07 PM   #19
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Instead of using zipties to hold the TB open, you can unscrew the butterfly and slide it out from the shaft. Makes cleaning that area much easier. You can pull the shaft and inspect the bearings too if you wish.
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Unread 10-31-2010, 10:08 PM   #20
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One more question, I am not going to be able to go anywhere today, kid is sick and wife is working, and I was going to do this today since I am stuck at home. Is there something I can use to clean them that is around my house?
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Unread 11-01-2010, 07:09 AM   #21
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Unread 11-01-2010, 10:01 AM   #22
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It's recommended to use only throttle body cleaner because it will not damage the sensors.

If you have no problem potentially replacing about $150 in sensors, then go ahead and use simple green. The large can of throttle body cleaner was $5.

I cleaned mine this weekend because I was having a low idle problem. I'm right at 70,000 and the lower half was caked in black grime. After cleaning it with throttle body cleaner and q-tips, I blew it out with my air compressor and let it sit for about 30 minutes to make sure there was no cleaning fluid left in it. It fixed my low idle problem and things are running much more smoothly. However, the IAC on my 2005 looks nothing like the pictures posted earlier in this thread.
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Unread 11-01-2010, 10:14 AM   #23
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OK, I did find a full can of carb cleaner in my garage, it says it can be used on the TB, so you reccomend me using it? Also what did your IAC look like on your 05? That is what I have
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Unread 11-01-2010, 11:13 AM   #24
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OK, I did find a full can of carb cleaner in my garage, it says it can be used on the TB, so you reccomend me using it?
I'm no mechanic, I can't recommend anything. But I do know that these days they sell carb cleaner and throttle body cleaner. I have no idea what the difference is, but the ingredients are listed on the cans.

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Also what did your IAC look like on your 05? That is what I have
I didn't take a picture, and can't find one online, sorry.
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Unread 11-01-2010, 12:33 PM   #25
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I'm no mechanic, I can't recommend anything. But I do know that these days they sell carb cleaner and throttle body cleaner. I have no idea what the difference is, but the ingredients are listed on the cans.



I didn't take a picture, and can't find one online, sorry.
The can says Air Intake Cleaner and that it is O2 sensor safe, so I am assuming that it would be ok?
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Unread 11-01-2010, 01:35 PM   #26
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I use throttle body cleaner that says that it is for fuel injected vehicles. I know some of the carb cleaners out there will soften plastic.
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Unread 11-01-2010, 01:37 PM   #27
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Great write up. I have a long list of maintenance to perform on my Jeep when I return from deployment. Thanks OP
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Unread 11-01-2010, 02:28 PM   #28
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Can anyone tell me how to remove the IAC on an 05 LJ? I checked my TB and it is shiny and clean don't need to clean that, but want to chcek the IAC now. Thanks
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Unread 11-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #29
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You are a zip tie genius! I didn't even think to take off the IAC housing a while back when I cleaned the throttle body on my jeep for the first time. Great writeup.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #30
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Carb Cleaner vs Throttle Body

Carb cleaner is not throttle-body cleaner. Some manufacturers use a coating on the throttle-body to enhance airflow {some Ford products} and spray cleaners that don't mention this aspect specifically will remove it. CRC throttle-body cleaner is good and will not pose a problem in this respect if you happen to use it on other vehicles. I don't believe that Jeep has a coated throttle-body but someone please correct me if it does. If your throttle-body butterfly looks nice and shiny on the outside, be sure to flip it open and look at the back, they all eventually get dirty. I've never seen one clean on both sides unless it was just cleaned. CRC Industries Automotive Product Detail
I might mention that CRC also makes a MAF cleaner which is a bit pricey, but their electronic cleaner is the same stuff and considerable less expensive. Walmart may have some of their products but I know that Oreilly's carries most of them. Also, this is my first post 'cause I just bought a 05 unlimited!
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