Cleaning the Throttle Body and Intake Manifold
A clean intake is a good thing. Might as well do it since the engine is apart. Better airflow, cleaner air = reliable power. This really took a lot longer than I expected to get the internals of these parts clean. Lots of nooks and crannies that you need to get into with engine block cleaning brushes.
Decided to start with the throttle body. I busted out the carb cleaner and brass wire brushes and got busy on the throttle body. Here is a during shot.
Next, moved onto cleaning the intake manifold. I ran out of carb cleaner so I used the mineral spirits and wire brushes on it. Turned out OK.
Inside view of the intake port. Nice and clean now. :)
View from the throttle body opening after scrubbing with mineral spirits and long handled wire brushes. Going to get some more carb cleaner and give it another cleaning with some nice caustic car cleaner since I have the time.
Cleaning Ancillary PartsThis is far less important than the throttle body and intake manifold but I had some time to kill and wanted to do something brainless so I cleaned up the water outlet, head-to-block bolts, piston squirters, coolant hard lines and other bits and bobs. Pics!
Lots of work. Some with little value but I like clean engines so I'm happy with the time spent since I have some time to kill right now.