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Error code and cleaning throttle bodies.

Okay, I have gotten the Error 18 code a few times, and I have read that cleaning the throttle bodies would probably help things.

Now, the question is, can I get to the throttle bodies to clean them good by just taking off the right side cover? Also, is there a recommended procedure for cleaning them?

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Think there is a youtube vid of this if I'm not mistakn
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Okay, I have gotten the Error 18 code a few times, and I have read that cleaning the throttle bodies would probably help things.

Now, the question is, can I get to the throttle bodies to clean them good by just taking off the right side cover? Also, is there a recommended procedure for cleaning them?
Yes, you just have to hold the butterfly open with something then clean the throttle body using a clean rag or toothbrush, etc. Here is a list of error codes also
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Think there is a youtube vid of this if I'm not mistakn
Been searching, and no luck on finding one for the Vulcan.

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Been searching, and no luck on finding one for the Vulcan.
It's pretty simple to pull off the right hand cover and the throttle body is right there.......hold the butterfly open with something and clean away. You could make your own video.

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It's pretty simple to pull off the right hand cover and the throttle body is right there.......hold the butterfly open with something and clean away. You could make your own video.
Actually, I will need to kidnap my roommate to help me with doing that. He'll run the camera while I do the cleaning job.
Question, that spray type throttlebody cleaner safe to use? I was thinking that stuff could be useful for the harder to reach spots.

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I found an old aerosol can of Amsoil Power Foam in my workshop. I can't remember where I got that or what I intended to use it for at the time. It could have belonged to the young fella even... he's an aircraft engineer & left a lot of stuff behind during his last move out of home (as they all do).

It's mine now anyway, and it's been fantastic for the occasional scrub of a throttle body. Spray some in there, use an old toothbrush & some Q tips & clean rags. Comes up a treat.

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I found an old aerosol can of Amsoil Power Foam in my workshop. I can't remember where I got that or what I intended to use it for at the time. It could have belonged to the young fella even... he's an aircraft engineer & left a lot of stuff behind during his last move out of home (as they all do).

It's mine now anyway, and it's been fantastic for the occasional scrub of a throttle body. Spray some in there, use an old toothbrush & some Q tips & clean rags. Comes up a treat.
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Ditto what he said. I use the wif........er, I mean an old toothbrush and some seafoam or other type of fuel stabilizer/carb cleaner. It's surprising the difference it makes just doing that once in a while

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I found an old aerosol can of Amsoil Power Foam in my workshop. I can't remember where I got that or what I intended to use it for at the time. It could have belonged to the young fella even... he's an aircraft engineer & left a lot of stuff behind during his last move out of home (as they all do).

It's mine now anyway, and it's been fantastic for the occasional scrub of a throttle body. Spray some in there, use an old toothbrush & some Q tips & clean rags. Comes up a treat.
Excellemt! I will look for that stuff. (I have a habit of trusting stuff others have had positive experience with)

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This might be a silly question. I see the throttle butterflies upon opening the right side cover, however I can't seem to open them manually. I'm afraid if I use a screwdriver to push them open I might damage something. But when the bike is on, the flaps open and close by turning the handle bar throttle. Am I just being chicken? Can I just spray some carb/throttle cleaner in there?
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