Screwdrivers, Torx bits or Torx screwdrivers, combination or socket wrenches -
this will vary depending upon the fasteners used to connect the throttle body
to the intake "plumbing."
Toothbrush or small, soft parts-cleaning brush. Note: Some auto parts stores
sell specific throttle-body cleaning brushes. Some throttle bodies have
special coatings that can be marred by hard-bristle brushes.
Throttle-body cleaner. This should be available at your auto parts supply
store or auto dealership parts department. Do not use carburetor cleaner.
Park your car outside with plenty of space to work around each side of the
As a safety precaution, disconnect the ground terminal (negative) of your
Locate and label any small hoses that attach to the throttle body or to the
air ducts that you must remove in order to gain access to the throttle body.
You can either use masking tape and mark each hose and coupling, or buy
specific labeling tape that helps you remember which hose goes with which
Remove the air duct that attaches to the throttle body. Be very careful to
avoid disconnecting any electrical wires or terminals. The air duct to the
throttle body is usually held in place with some type of hose clamp which can
be loosened with a screwdriver, Torx-head wrench, Allen wrench or other hand
tool. Sometimes the air duct is pressed into place, and can be removed with
some gentle twist and pull movements. In some cases, both sides of the
throttle body are connected to air ducts by means of hose clamps; in this
case, you only need to remove one side to expose the throttle body for