X-Type Jaguar Information
Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor Cleaning – 08MY 2.2D (non-DPF)
Jaguar Part Number: C2S26978
This is a really important sensor; a properly functioning MAF makes a huge difference to the
performance of your engine.
Its function is to measure the quantity of air passing into the engine. This information is then fed
back to the ECU and determines the amount of fuel needed given the ambient conditions.
The device consists of a platinum hot wire that is kept at 200C. When air blows over it, the wire cools
and the ECU adjusts the fuelling, power and air intake to keep the wire at 200C. So the fuel provided
is proportional to the air flow.
When you stop the car the ECU heats the wire up very hot (300C) for a second or so to burn off any
dirt. Unfortunately over time some dirt can remain on the wire. This dirt build-up insulates the wire
and may result in false readings to the ECU. You can prolong the life of your MAF by gentle cleaning.
WARNING: DO NOT spray hard on the wires or scrape them with anything (not even a cotton bud) -
they are very delicate. A replacement MAF sensor will set you back around £80.
Failure of mass air flow sensors is commonly misdiagnosed, and a replacement is expensive.
Mass air flow sensors can become contaminated with dust particles which affect the efficiency of
the sensor. These particles can be removed with solvents.
Before replacing the mass air flow sensor check for loose or broken wires and for air leaks in the
connecting air ducts and intake manifold. These leaks can cause similar symptoms to that of a
malfunctioning mass air flow sensor.
Bad or contaminated Mass Air Flow sensor can cause a wide range of vehicle drivability problems
such as stalling, especially when the engine is cold, misfiring, stuttering, poor acceleration, etc. and
often cause an engine fault light in the instrument panel to come on. There may be, but quite often
there will be no DTC code recorded.
Torx Driver and bit to loosen MAF retaining screws
Electrical Contact Cleaner Spray
Clean rag or cloth
To gain access to the MAF Sensor open the bonnet and remove the engine cover to expose the top
of the air intake and ducting in which the MAF sensor is located.