Best Stuff to Clean IAC and VSV

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Can I clean my IAC valve and vacuum switching valve with throttle body cleaner while car is running? Will this damage the engine? My iac is in a bad location and I don't want to remove it until I get a new gasket. Can I just do a quick cleaning by spraying it into the iac while engine is running? And for the VSV... throttle body cleaner? Or soak in seafoam? Anything else that works better?
 
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You can clean the IAC with it. However, I don't know of a safe way to clean VSVs. What car are you dealing with? I find with old plastic VSVs, if you even try to remove the old VSV, the plastic cracks.
 
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I just did this a few weeks back on my 94 Crolla with CRC throttle body cleaner. Worked like a charm. Spray into the inlet hole for the IAV until it's pouring out, then start the car and let it suck the fluid through; I had to put my finger over the inlet hole to create vacuum to pull all the cleaner out of the IAC valve which stalled the car a few times, but it eventually sucked it all through and it idles much better now.
 
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Originally Posted By: BrandonVA
its a 2006 corolla
Since it is over 7 years old, you are at a high risk of shattering the plastic VSV. Leave it alone unless you are prepared to replace it. Unless you can prove the VSV has completely failed, leave it alone.
 
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