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Old 03-24-2008, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MAF sensor life

What are you guy's experience with mass airflow sensors? My Matrix is the first vehicle that I have owned with a maf sensor. This winter, on a very cold day, it started real rough and threw the check engine light on. It ran fine once warmed up I pulled the code with my scangauge and it said it was a maf sensor malfunction. I let it go knowing that the car uses the maf sensor literally around 2% of your driving time as its in closed loop 98% of the time. The check engine light went out later that day or so. This same thing happened about three times during winter and hasn't happened in the last two months. I did clean the sensor with cleaner after the first time it happened and that seemed to help a little. But, it came back on a few weeks later. So, I don't think its that. My question is, do maf sensors wear out (I didn't think they did)? If I'm looking to replace it should I get a salvage yard sensor, or a new one?


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Old 03-24-2008, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MAF sensors do work out, some toyotas would have the problem and we replaced a few at the shop I worked for a few years back. I would go ahead and soak it really well with some throttle body cleaner before replacing it though, it might just be gunked up or something.

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Thanks, I guess I'll try soaking it a bit more.

It does have a very annoying tendancy to not drop rpms when I push the clutch in on the highway. When I P&G I have to blip the throttle a little to get it to rev up and drop back down. Normally, if I would clutch in and it just keeps the rpms steady. After a few seconds it slowly idles down. Very annoying! However, the lower the speed, the less it does it. I did notice once I cleaned it the first time I idled down right away. When you just get off the gas is when it kicks into open loop and is using the maf sensor, so this made sense to me.

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The MAF on my 99 TDI is holding up pretty well. Clean air is a must with a MAF, as an example, a K&N will eventually kill it even if it's properly oiled as hey just let too much dirt through.
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Yep a second on that last item...dirt and other rubbish is a real killer.
Degreaser or sometimes just a blast with compressed air will help things out a lot.
The good news is they can last as long as 500 000kms (about 360 000 miles) but regular cleaning keeps them alive.

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Ah, that could be it. The previous owner did have a TRD cold air intake on the car before I got it. I'm not sure how long it was on the car. But, it did use an oiled air filter.
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i have had success using contact cleaner for electronic equip.
it seems to dry with less residue.
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You can try to engine shot down the engine when it is runnig over 3000RPM.
More MAF when it is stopped the engine in this conditions, enter in "cleaner procedure": the hot film or the hot wire (depending by technology) they are overheat and the deposit are eliminated.
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Wouldn't that tend to bake on whatever didn't burn off?
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I do not understand if than I writed, it is comprehensible!

the deposit it isburn off in overheating procedure,

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