If you find that your intake air temperature sensor is dirty, it may be time to clean it. But how do you go about doing this?
Cleaning your intake air temperature sensor is important to ensure that the engine gets a steady stream of cool air. If you have a clogged up intake air temperature sensor, then it may be time for some maintenance. Your vehicle will not run as well because the cooling system isn’t getting enough cold air.
How do I reset my mass airflow sensor?
If you have a check engine light on your dashboard, the most likely culprit is a faulty mass airflow sensor. If this is the case, there are two ways to reset it:
To reset, you’ll need to disconnect the battery; this can be done by removing the negative cable from the battery. Once that’s finished, you’ll need to locate your mass airflow sensor on your car and clear out any debris.
- Make sure that your engine is off by removing the ignition key. Then, take a flathead screwdriver and remove the screws on the air filter housing located in front of your brake master cylinder than pull out. Next, unplug the sensor connector.
- Press the gas pedal and hold it down. With your foot still on the pedals, turn your key to position 2 for about 10 seconds. Then release the key and let go of the gas pedal.
How important is an intake air temperature sensor?
An intake air temperature sensor is not as important in a car engine for several reasons. The first reason is that it has no control over the fuel injection system, which controls how much fuel is injected into the engine depending on the load and speed of the vehicle.
Secondly, an intake air temperature sensor does not have any control over how much oil circulates through your lubricating system or when it gets replaced with new oil.
Finally, an intake air temperature sensor doesn’t affect spark plugs at all because they are controlled by timing and voltage from your computer’s ECM/PCM