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Old 03-22-2014, 07:00 AM   #1
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Broken MAF Sensor Housing, How to Fix???

Hi, I've had the K&N Typhoon CAI installed. sadly i over tightened the filter and the housing cracked. Now when every i drive the car the filter always falls off. Does anyone know a way to fix this problem??? I'll eventually replace the housing, but i need something that will stop the filter from falling out for now. I've tried taping the part that cracked, but it just made it worse. If anyone knows how to fix this problem please let me know. Thank You!!



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Old 03-22-2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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Temp. Fix

Measure the inside of that tubing (fully expanded), then run around the house & garage looking for anything that size.

Plastic pipe, tin can, anything you can cut up to make a "sleeve" that'll fit inside to support the cracked plastic.

Tighten down the filter enough so it doesn't fall off & everything will stay in place.

If I couldn't find anything to fit, a solution would be a piece of aluminum strap bent into the appropriate circle. Just butt the ends together, so it would need to be thick enough not to easily overlap.

McGuyver whatever you can find into that circular size & it'll work.

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BTW - the idea isn't totally original, some motorcycles with similar clamp-on filters use an internal ring for this problem from the factory. As I was thinking of options & describing the "fix", remembered seeing it before.
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Temp. Fix

Measure the inside of that tubing (fully expanded), then run around the house & garage looking for anything that size.

Plastic pipe, tin can, anything you can cut up to make a "sleeve" that'll fit inside to support the cracked plastic.

Tighten down the filter enough so it doesn't fall off & everything will stay in place.

If I couldn't find anything to fit, a solution would be a piece of aluminum strap bent into the appropriate circle. Just butt the ends together, so it would need to be thick enough not to easily overlap.

McGuyver whatever you can find into that circular size & it'll work.

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thank you for the advice. Just after i finished posting this i found some metal wires that were bent to support some aftermarket wheel caps that i took off the wheels. They were exactly the same size, but there were able to retract when you squeeze the outside. so i taped 3 of them together and then squeezed them into the hole and made what you suggested. now its real sturdy, and i taped them to the housing itself to prevent them from moving. it was lucky i didn't throw those away!! LOL
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Great Minds think alike?

It's not trash anymore when you can make a part you need out of it. Odd scraps & extra parts save the day many a time.

My Clutch return spring is an odd drum brake spring that just happened to be the perfect size & strength.

Glad it worked out for you.
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It's not trash anymore when you can make a part you need out of it. Odd scraps & extra parts save the day many a time.

My Clutch return spring is an odd drum brake spring that just happened to be the perfect size & strength.

Glad it worked out for you.
yeah, scraps in my car have saved me from roadside incident many times. after facing this problem for the last few weeks i was already thinking the same thing, but couldn't find anything that fits in there until i found these. now i just need to find a way to make it stick permanent without using tape. any ideas???
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Thought of an Epoxy I like - PC-7 - that mixes up thick & sticky, works on many plastics. And other possibilities like Hot Glue. Any of those you'd have to test a drop on a hidden spot to see if it sticks...

Some fine copper wire would work well to tie them into place with small holes drilled to the inside of where those notches are. Only need to drill on one side then, wire around & twisted tight inside the tube. Filter covers further than those so it wouldn't leak.

Couple possibilities there.
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Thought of an Epoxy I like - PC-7 - that mixes up thick & sticky, works on many plastics. And other possibilities like Hot Glue. Any of those you'd have to test a drop on a hidden spot to see if it sticks...

Some fine copper wire would work well to tie them into place with small holes drilled to the inside of where those notches are. Only need to drill on one side then, wire around & twisted tight inside the tube. Filter covers further than those so it wouldn't leak.

Couple possibilities there.
thank you for the advice!! i'll try some epoxy, a lot of people that i've asked around suggested the same thing. i'll let you know how it works out.
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A new housing is only $5
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A new housing is only $5
Note the O.P. is in Thailand, so this may not be applicable, depending on local exchange rates and the prices of parts from their local Ford Dealer v.s. ordering and importing the part from the U.S.
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