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Yesterday I stopped by O'Riley's auto parts store to buy a can of throttle body cleaner. Next to it, I found a MAF (massive air flow) cleaner from CRC. It claims that by cleaning MAF, it can boost the engine's output by 3-5 horsepower. Looks like it is made of similar solvent. Can I use just throttle body cleaner to clean MAF? I don't want to spend money for so many kinds of chemicals and I don't have enough space to keep them all in my small garage.
Also can anyone tell me the exact location of MAF? Thanks in advance.
 

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It's probably like the difference between: brake cleaner and carburetor cleaner. They are the exact same, just one is stronger.

I'm sure the MAF cleaner is weaker due to more plastics it would be exposed to.

You'll probably not see a 3-5 HP gain. It's not a gain, it's a recover-lost. SO! if your car is in good shape, you're not going to "gain" anything. It's like spark plugs; they claim to "gain" power but what really happens is spark plugs are a wearable item, over time they lose effectiveness. Replacing them (when worn out) recovers lost power. If you replace brand new spark plugs, you're not going to "gain" power.
 
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