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Old 08-08-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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OK - The answer is it's a gasket not an o-ring. Thank you, Ray. That means no removal without a new gasket on-hand. Stock throttle body by the way. The "sheet metal" screws into only the plastic of the intake manifold make this a higher risk endeavor than one would want.

The rest of the engine is real clean. I see this on the Taurii also. Something about the pressure drop at the throttle plate preferentially deposits crud there.

I have used the Gumout throttle-body cleaner (NOT CARBURETOR CLEANER) with success. *Your results may vary*
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