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Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: Jake » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:55 pm

About a week ago, my truck, '94 F150, took a hissy fit and balked at starting and once it did, promptly died when put in gear. Had to start multiple times before the old girl would even idle and even then, she had to idle for at least 20 minutes before smoothing out and would still die when given gas.

The weather has been too ugly to mess with it much, but it wasn't too bad yesterday, so I hooked up the code reader and found my Mass Air Sensor was at fault.

hmmmmm..... never messed with that before, so I unplugged it to see what would happen, and lo and behold she ran great. OK, off to the web to see what these things cost and found that they can be cleaned and made right lots of time.

Picked my wife up at work last night and we went to Auto Zone for a can of MAS cleaner. Today I pulled the MAS off, not without some difficulty cause someone at some point put some epoxy or some sort of stuff like that in one of the torx security screws that hold the sensor in the duct work. I had to take the air filter top and the section the sensor was attached to, into the basement to remove the epoxy (?) filled screw.

Wouldn't you know it, a spider thought the MAF sensor was a warm and secure place to take up residence for the winter !

Cleaned and put back on, and she runs like she used to.

Goes to show ya what problems a little critter can cause. My wife was convinced the truck was a goner and we need a new one !

The spider is resting peacefully in my trashcan .
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Re: Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: totallyredvirago » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:15 pm

fly's also can cause running/no running problems. isnt it amazing something that small can cause a problem?
when i worked at mits. the guy beside me pushed a car inside the shop for a fly stuck to the sensor.. nuts isnt it..........dan
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Re: Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: o c t o r » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:33 pm

I don't like spiders or snakes . . .

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Re: Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: Jake » Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:05 pm

totallyredvirago wrote:fly's also can cause running/no running problems. isnt it amazing something that small can cause a problem?
when i worked at mits. the guy beside me pushed a car inside the shop for a fly stuck to the sensor.. nuts isnt it..........dan


Yep, crazy ! All the fancy electronics get foiled by an insect or arachnid.

o c t o r wrote:I don't like spiders or snakes . . .


One of my brothers is so afraid of spiders that his wife has to kill them. :bg:
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Re: Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: mark75 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:35 am

we have a big problem with a wasp called 'mud-dauber'. they like to lay eggs and fill any hole with a material that dries into stuff like JB weld.
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Re: Cold weather and spiders (SOLVED)

PostAuthor: Jake » Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:55 pm

It has been three years and the spiders have struck again !

Unlike the last time, the web was almost invisible. I used all of my MAF cleaner in another project last summer, so I used electrical contact cleaner, no change. I had to take the sensor off of the truck and look with a magnifying glass to see the ultra fine spider silk.

Pressure from the cleaner would not dislodge it so I had to use a cotton swap to remove it and the tip of my pocket knife to remove the carcass of the spider from one of the sensor heater wires.

All is well again !
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