So you're sitting at a stoplight, it turns green, you push the accelerator pedal and it sticks for a second before it goes. Then it lurches and you feel like a teenage driver all over again. Or, you try to start your car and it won't start or stay running unless you keep your foot on the accelerator. These are all possible symptoms of a sticking throttle body. A simple cleaning of this can sometimes be all it takes to solve the problem.
When it comes to throttle body cleaning, we recommend and use the Intake Snake cleaning system from Run-Rite. Here's how it works:
The air intake tube from the air filter to the throttle body (shown in picture) is removed. The throttle body plate, which is controlled by the accelerator pedal, is opened. The Intake Snake pod is presoaked with a cleaning agent that is safe for coated and sensitive parts. It is attached to the tool and is used to thoroughly swab the throttle body, removing carbon deposits. It's the carbon deposits that create the problems we spoke about in the beginning. These deposits are like a sticky tar that causes the metal plate inside to stick to the surrounding air passageway. It also clogs little air flow passages that allow air flow even when the accelerator is not pressed. This allows the car to start and run without pressing the pedal. It also allows a car to idle at a stop without holding the pedal.
Don't just take our word for it! One of our valued customers, Patrick Huxhold of Press Automation in Elkhart, Indiana mentioned that sometimes his car was hard to start. He mentioned that it would start with the accelerator pedal pressed, but that he knew it shouldn't operate that way. We spoke with Patrick about the benefits of throttle body cleaning. We stated that it's not a guaranteed fix because multiple factors can play into that concern, but that at $19.95, the Intake Snake service was an inexpensive option that had been known to solve these issues if the problem was carbon build up on the throttle body. So as we performed his on-site oil change at Press Automation, we also performed the Intake Snake cleaning service on his throttle body. It was pretty dirty and we were able to remove a lot of deposits. Patrick was going on vacation, and he would be driving this vehicle. We asked if he would let us know how his vehicle performed when he returned.
Patrick called us after he returned from his vacation and was pleased to announce that his vehicle had not exhibited the same problem since the cleaning. He stated that he drove through the mountains and his vehicle performed very well. We were glad he had a good trip and pleased to hear the positive report.
The Intake Snake cleaning system isn't a fix-all for everything, but at $19.95, it's a great, inexpensive way to help maintain good, solid throttle performance and vehicle starting. Check out this link: Run-Rite Intake Snake
Then call us for your next service!
Erik and Jennifer are the owner/operators of Mobile Service Pros. We enjoy working with our customers and community.