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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:14:26 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: I had that car, DE [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:42:23
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It is possible that there were design changes between then and 2004 (we have a couple from that vintage). The TB can be touchy, but for the most part, the first step is to try cleaning. One of the cars we bought from our local dealer threw a CEL with TB codes on the test drive (used car). They took it in and cleaned the TB - took about 20 minutes. It has been 10 years now with no TB issues whatsoever.

Another one of our cars had TB issues, I cleaned, a year later they came back, I cleaned, neither time looked dirty, and then a year later it croaked on a highway when everything was shut. Probably it could have been resurrected had I had the appropriate supplies, but we got a tow and a new TB at that point, but that was waaay past 40k.

The easy and most reliable approach for a dealer is simply to put in a brand new TB and charge the customer (or charge the warranty program). However, when they know it's on their dime (the used car on the test drive), they do what is more sensible economically (clean it). Early on in my car ownership days, I paid some pretty awful dealer repair bills before I learned that generally, it's just a waste of money compared to taking it to an indy. Don't even get me started on dealer bodywork!

Though the TB's are still fussy, fortunately DIC's rarely do now what they did to you... that's a pretty bad sort of failure to have even if it is easy to fix. One of the 9-5's I bought had a $1000 bill for a DIC replacement in the records! I spent about $350 for 2 of them delivered to my door, and if it took me 10 minutes to change one out at the side of the road, I'd consider myself slow... warning is however much better than no warning and risk of cat damage!
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