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I went to Pepboys to pick up the tool for the maf cleaning. I didn't notice on the the maf that the torx screws have a small dot in the center making it impossible to place the screwdriver in it.

Can anyone recommend a name brand tool that has the hole in the center to allow for it to fit? I wasted $3 on this flat based Stanley one:(
 

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you need a T20 "tamperproof" torx bit. That one has the dot in the middle of it, and you can twist it right off. I think the guys at napa have it, the other hardware stores had no idea what i was talking about

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Yeah, I asked Kragen and AutoZone, both gave me a blank stare.... I'll try Napa.
 

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HAHA i did the exact same thing. I went to a hardware store though. Only had my car for a few mins before my parents came home so i was in a rush and being dumb. Grabbed the first i saw, turns out they didn't even have tamperproof there.
 

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I got a set of tamper proof torx bits at sears last week for $9.99. They are the bits for a magnetic screwdriver or drill. I found them next to the drill bits. They worked fine for cleaning my maf.
 

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I got my set from the local NAPA. They knew exactly what I was talking about and I think they were like 6 bucks for the whole set
 

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HanMan said:
HAHA i did the exact same thing. I went to a hardware store though. Only had my car for a few mins before my parents came home so i was in a rush and being dumb. Grabbed the first i saw, turns out they didn't even have tamperproof there.
Do you have your license, HanMan?:D It seems you're always in a rush for some reason.
 

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tamper proof torz bit

I got mine at a True Value Hardware Store. They cost about $4.75. I had a problem at WOT, it didn't have full power and the engine has been pinging for some time at WOT. The sensor was coated with a black substance, probably oil from the K&N filter. I used Xerox film remover (100% isopropyl alcohol), soaked for a few minutes. Solved both problems, car runs like new. I talked to another T-Bird owner yesterday that had this problem. He took it to the dealership to get fixed, they charged him over $300.00 to fix it. I'm so happy I found this forum!:
 

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I got the whole tamperproof set off of ebay for less than $6..


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I dunno if the Autozones here in Florida are weird but I bought the individual T20 Tamperproof Torx bit there... The bit itself was in a little plastic "vile" looking container with a black "stopper" on the vile that had the name of the company and stuff... I don't have the plastic thing anymore or else I would tell ya what company it was... I had a certified ford mechanic come over and look at my car the other day (my dad works at the dealership and was friends with a mechanic there, and my car wouldn't stay running so he had to come to me) and when we decided it was a problem with the MAF and he got this pecimistic look on his face and he's like "i'm just gonna guess you don't have the Torx bit to take the MAF off right" and he started to walk back to his car to go get one and i go "Nah man I've got one right here!" and his face lit up lol
 
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