Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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What follows is JMHO...
Disconnecting the MAF (or really any other sensor) can be useful as a diagnostic tool. Driving with it disconnected beyond testing is simply asking for trouble, spelled $$$$.
In other words, can you and should you are two very different questions.
But considering that driving very long with a bad MAF will shorten the life of your O2 sensors and CATs (all of which can be rather expensive, many times the cost of buying the MAF even at the stealer) it seems to me rather foolish to take the chance of driving with the MAF disconnected.
Reasonable conclusion: if you must drive the car with a bad MAF ... don't. Rent a car or pay more for the MAF locally, but once it's bad -- and particularly so when it's bad enough that the car runs better with it disconnected -- don't drive it unless you're racing to the ER with your loved one facing possible death. In other words, it's a true emergency.
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