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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Throttle Body Cleaning

Is there any "How To's" on cleaning the Throttle Body on my 2013 Equinox? I saw some vids on YouTube but no one showed how to take it off fully to really get it cleaned from both sides...just wiping the front while its still mounted. I'm trying to do as much preventive maintenance on her as I put a lot of miles daily commuting from Ct to Ny. Any suggestions...

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 10:12 AM
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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

I believe taking off the T/B is easy, its just 4 bolts, I think the hard part is getting the clip off of it.

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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

I simply spray the sides where the butterfly moves, I then manually move the plate back and forth while spraying...... to make sure crud gets removed. . (done at every oil change).

I make sure keys are OUT of ignition.


Ive done this on
2003 Trailblazer- 180,000 ****
2010 Traverse- 125,000
2013 Equinox- 60,000


have never unmounted them. from the vehicles. Just keep the moving parts clean.

By the way-- I believe I bought my can of cleaner sometime in 2012---
Have cleaned the cars TB many times--- and im just running out...
Great $5 investment. I recently used it on the Equinox's last oil change 500 miles ago.

*** the Trailblazer is where I learned to keep it clean. It gave me some issues 1 time with a battery disconnect- vehicle would shut off on slow speed maneuvers. The computer could not learn proper metrics with a dirty throttle body.
I simply sprayed it- moved the plate several times- used a rag to clean the immediate are around the plate- and its been good ever since.

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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com...arn-procedure/

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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

It's up to you whether you take it off.
I have taken it off but mine was really dirty.
My idle went from 1,000 rpm down to about 750 - 800 rpm
Remove the wire clip by pushing in the tab with a small screwdriver and pull out the white tab. Than you can pull out the whole plug.

Probably should not spray directly on the motor housing.
Otherwise, this is very easy to remove and clean.
Torque specs for the throttle body is 89 INCH pounds. Not foot pounds.

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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

Will cleaning it give the car more horsepower?

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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

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Will cleaning it give the car more horsepower?
On the older cable controlled throttle bodies, yes I think so.
On the newer electronic controlled ones, I don't think so, not much anyway.
The reason is that the computer adjust it's control for the throttle plate over time as it gets dirty and doesn't close to the proper idle position.
Dirty will cause issues on how "closed" it is this effecting idle. It can slow down the response to opening the throttle when you step on the gas too.
The relearn procedure worked well for me.

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On the older cable controlled throttle bodies, yes I think so.
On the newer electronic controlled ones, I don't think so, not much anyway.
The reason is that the computer adjust it's control for the throttle plate over time as it gets dirty and doesn't close to the proper idle position.
Dirty will cause issues on how "closed" it is this effecting idle. It can slow down the response to opening the throttle when you step on the gas too.
The relearn procedure worked well for me.
Wish I lived near you, you really seem to know your stuff, you could teach me lol

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Wish I lived near you, you really seem to know your stuff, you could teach me lol
Everything I know, I learned off the internet in the last 3 months. Thanks to my OCD and an Equinox l4 that has an issue. Lol
Driving my wife nuts.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 01:06 PM
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Re: Throttle Body Cleaning

So what is wrong with Spraying with cleaning stuff and running it through the engine out the tail pipe.
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