How to Replace a Mass Air Flow Sensor

After starting the engine post sensor replacement, the sensor instantly calibrates itself so there is no learn time required. This sensor is subject to debris and contamination which can be avoided by cleaning the sensor. Some sensors are located inside the air filter housing, not all cars are equipped with a mass air flow sensor, consult our mechanics for exact component location, its free.

Best Practices

  • Clean the air intake tube and connection points to ensure proper installation.

Let's Jump In!

Begin with the vehicle on level ground, parking brake on, engine off, though appearances may vary, the process is similar for most vehicles. When replacing a mass air flow sensor, first locate the sensor which is positioned in the air intake tube between the air filter housing and throttle body.
mass air flow sensor

Release the safety clip and gently pull the connector from the sensor.
remove mass air flow electrical connector

A clamp is used to attach the sensor to the air intake tube, use a screwdriver or small socket and loosen the clamp.
remove clamp mass air flow

Next, undo the inlet clip on both sides. There are many methods of holding the MAF in place, the principle is the same.
undo mass air flow clip

Once all mounting clips or bolts have been undone, lift the sensor and remove it from the engine bay.
remove mass air flow sensor

Watch the Video!

Please watch this video of the job being done, then continue down the guide to glean additional helpful information.

After the sensor has been removed, inspect internal parts and electrical connector for damage.
mass air flow removed

Compare the old sensor to the replacement unit, they should match identically, remove dust caps before installation.
new mass air flow sensor

Gently reinstall the sensor into the inlet and outlet tubes, ensuring a proper seal between the sensor and the tube.
reinstalling mass air flow sensor

After connecting the sensor to both inlet and outlet tubes, tighten the clamp and attach the clips.
reinstall clamp tighten

Reattach the sensor electrical connector ensuring a small click, when completely connected.
reisntall electrical connector mass air flow

Once the sensor has been replaced, attach a code reader to the ALDL connector.
attach code reader

Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position and follow the prompts to clear any codes in the system.

clear codes


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