Things some ppl dont do...help your car idle and run smooth!

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  1. Matt94GT

    Matt94GT Legend SN95 Supporter Retired Staff

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    Lots of people forget to clean their MAF, ACT sensors and as well forget to clean their IAC. You should also check your setting on your TPS. Doing these 4 things can cure lots of common 'stumbling' and cure many idle problems. These are easy steps to do and should be done once a year at least I would say. When you are doing this once you are finished reset your computer by taking the negative terminal off your battery for at least 30 minutes.

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    Good tip. I would add to clean, ohm-out (checking for calibration) or replace the ECT periodically as well. It really can affect fuel trim and the sensor is suscepted to a nasty environment.
     
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    what type of cleaner works best--carb cleaner or electrical cleaner?
     
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    brake clean
     
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    Another good tip that ALOT of people don't do is change your diff fluid, grease and suspension parts (if you can), and tranny fluid.
     
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    electrical cleaner, throttle body cleaner is the best. elec for maf and act, tb for the IAC.
     
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    Also periodically check your timing. When mine got out of whack, my idle was really crappy for a while.
     
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    good thinking :thumb:
     
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    regular maintence i know a lot of people that dont
     
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    it will keep your car running forever
     
  11. 94gtstang50

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    I throw a bottle of lucas oil in every time I change the trans oil and filter. Pretty sure its working wonders down there.
     
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    Oh, another maintenance thing, bleed the air out of your brakes.
     
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    Very interesting, will have to leave it out next trans fluid change.
     
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    Do what I did and just swicth to Amsoil ATF my tranny shifts better when cold then it did with the ford tranny fluid.
     
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    Im going to get my trans and rear filled with synthetics this summer when shes back on the road.
     
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    Synthetics work well.
    Even a synthetic blend is much better than plain oil.
     
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    Its funny that you should mention this fact. Isn't it odd that you used to be able to grease suspension components, I mean almost everything had a grease fitting on it, and now? Nothing does anymore. You know why that is? because that increases the operating costs of a vehicle. Its is the same thinking that is used when it comes to installing a tune or should I say lack there of a tune in a car from the factory. They actually learn at such low loads and rpms yet they apply these "learned corrections" to WOT, full load applications, now that is scary. I can honestly say, that I think a preventitive maintenance item would be to get the MAF transfer function set up correctly. It just makes everything else work better together.
     
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    To my understanding it had more to do with the average Joe using inferior grease. After time all the good grease was forced out and the inexpensive grease is left. The properties in the economy grease falls short compared to good grease in heat transfer, anticorrosion, rust inhibitors. This was forcing companies to warranty items more then what they liked, so by switching to greased for life components it actually did decrease component failure. At least that's what I heard through the grape/great vine.
     
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    Thats a cool grapevine. :) now lets use some good ole fashion common sense, I will take "bad" grease over NO grease anyday. That is just silly. freakin grease is grease(not really but in an automotive application its similar). There is no such thing that is greased "for life" I just put new ball joints in a car that is a 1998 model, I almost destroyed a 12 ton press getting the ball joints out, they were dry as a cobb. It reduced the operating costs. Period. Sorry to ruin your good story though man.

    Adam