Originally Posted by erikumikabe
with my luck, I'll end up spending an hour just checking the thing...sad really.
Not if I can help it...
First of all:
This is my throttle body. Yours probably looks simmliar, or it may be verticle. The yellow circle is what you need to play with to check your throttle body. It is a piece mounted on the end of a shaft, and it has a cable going to it. If you've got a friend around, have him or her push on your gas pedal so you can see what happens - the cable will pull and turn the shaft.
With your hand, turn this piece to turn the shaft. If it sticks AT ALL, clean the throttle body.
To get to what you need to clean (the butterfly flap), go red, yellow, green. (Red) Pull this little hose off from the intake.
(Yellow) Squeeze this clamp together. (If other series of cars have other clamps, please post the info.) It is tight - I find using locking pliers to work well.
(Red) with the clamp squeezed, pull the hose off. It may require some wigglin'.
With the intake off, play with the shaft & see how the butterfly works. With the butterfly open, spray throttle body cleaner on it (the side you see with the flap shut is likely to by shiny, while the backside is covered in oil). Be prepared with paper towels or rags, because the spray will start flowing out full of oil very quickly.
Oh, and when you reassemble (reverse of disassembly) and go to start it, expect it to be a little hard to start at first - engines dont' run well on TB cleaner.