How does the MAF sensor work?

Put simply, a MAF has two sensing wires. One is heated by an electrical current, the other is not. As air flows across the heated wire, it cools down. When the temperature difference between the two sensing wires changes, the MAF sensor automatically increases or decreases the current to the heated wire to compensate.

What does unplugging the MAF sensor do?

When the MAF sensor fails, the ECU will incorrectly adjust the air-fuel mixture, causing the engine to run rich. On the other hand, unplugging the MAF sensor will be recognized by ECU, which will put the car into a safe/limp mode.

How do I know if my mass airflow sensor is not working?

Six Signs My Car’s Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) Is Bad

  1. Lean or Rich Fuel Mixture.
  2. Difficulty Starting Your Car.
  3. Engine Stalls After Starting or When Idling.
  4. Engine Hesitation and Dragging.
  5. Engine Hesitation and Jerking.
  6. Engine Hiccups.

Will an engine run without a MAF sensor?

When sensors are unplugged, the ecu’s values are set, which results in the car running better without a MAF. In the absence of the MAF, lean can trash the head/pistons, so it runs rich.

How do you test MAF sensor?

Pop the hood open. Lightly tap the MAF sensor and electrical connector with a screwdriver handle. Wiggle the wires as well. If the engine stalls, idle is upset, or idle gets better, the MAF sensor is likely defective.

Can you bypass a MAF sensor?

There is a sensor on the air intake called the mass air flow sensor. This sensor calculates how much air to mix with the fuel. You can bypass the MAF sensor, and allow the O2 sensor to calculate how much air is needed.

Can I run my car with MAF unplugged?

The result of driving without plugging the MAF sensor can lead to permanent damage to your engine computer and/or oxygen sensor. If you decide to drive with the MAF sensor unplugged, the side effects of doing so include poor gas mileage and power.