2011-2014 Mustang GT C&L Street Performance Slot-Style MAF Meter – Calibrated Review & Install


Hey, guys. It’s Joe from AmericanMuscle. And today, we’re gonna be taking a closer
look at the C&L Street Performance Slot-Style MAF Airflow Meter or Sensor Calibrated, fitting
all ’11 to ’14 GTs. Now this is gonna be a great option for the
Coyote owner out there looking to get a little bit more horsepower from the extra air brought
in by some other bolt-ons. So in order for us to understand what the
C&L MAF sensor is gonna do for your Mustang, we have to understand the problem with the
factory MAF sensor. So that factory sensor, it’s designed to work
around the other stock components. I’m talking the intake, intake tube, throttle
body, intake manifold injectors, stuff like that is all designed to work together as one
cohesive unit. However, I’m willing to bet if you’re watching
this video, your Mustang is probably not stock, you probably have some components that are
going to up the amount of air going through your engine, I’m talking cold air intakes,
intake manifolds, throttle bodies, maybe even forced induction and hopefully you have some
injectors to go along with that. Now if you are in that scenario, you’re pushing
a lot more air into your Coyote motor and you can sometimes max out or what’s commonly
referred to as peg out your mass airflow sensor. Now that is going to be a bad thing to do,
that extra air is just being wasted, and even worse, it can sometimes go into your combustion
chamber leading out that air-fuel ratio which can lead to very, very bad things. This is where our C&L mass airflow sensor
comes into place because this has a much higher limit than the factory sensor allowing it
to read that extra air, it’s going to send a higher signal to your PCM, which was then
gonna compensate with more fuel in the combustion chamber to keep that air-fuel ratio exactly
where it needs to be and that is where some horsepower will hopefully come from. C&L saw about 10 to 18 horsepower with this
little guy right here, now that is on their dyno with their car, but suffice to say, the
gains can be there if you’re in that scenario. This thing has pretty good reviews as well
as of late 2019 currently sitting at around 4.6 out of 5 stars with about 58 reviews. So a lot of people are noticing a difference
in the driving aspects of their Mustang. Again, you have those other bolt-ons, something
like this could be a huge benefit. You might see a little bit of horsepower,
you might see a little bit of throttle response, but it’ll be a shame to have a factory mass
airflow sensor bottleneck your Coyote’s power. Another great feature about this is it features
that factory slot-style, so this is gonna be a direct replacement, reusing that factory
hardware and dropping right in with the factory electrical harness. No modification and no tuning required in
order to run something like this. Pricing for the C&L MAF sensor gonna drop
in right around 275 bucks, which might seem a little bit steep, but again, if you have
those other bolt-ons, it really would be a shame to limit your Coyote’s power with something
as simple as a mass airflow sensor pegging out. So this is a good buy if you’re in that bolt-on
scenario and you’re looking to pick up just a little bit more horsepower. The install for this is going to be really,
really easy, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter for sure. At most, this should take you about 5 to 15
minutes in the driveway with nothing but some basic hand tools. We’re gonna be reusing the factory hardware
and again, no tune is required to run this guy, so without any further ado, let me show
you what tools you might need and then how it’s done. The only tool we use for our install will
include this Phillips head screwdriver, but I’m pretty sure the factory bolts will require
a T15 Torx bit. Like I said, this is gonna be really, really
simple. Grab that Phillips head screwdriver, we’re
just gonna loosen up the two screws that hold in our factory MAF sensor then we can unplug
it and replace it with our new one. Now as we’re loosening up these bad boys you
want to go nice and slow, really do not want to lose this hardware. This one is a little bit tougher to get at
with this plastic shroud here, depending on your screwdriver you might have to move that. So now we have our sensor out, all we’re gonna
do is flip that bad boy over here, it’s a red release tab right there. Pull that out, push down, and it should be
able to unplug it and replace with our new one. So now that we have our factory MAF sensor
uninstalled, I figured now would be the perfect time to sit it down next to our new C&L sensor
and point out some key differences between the two. Now visually, they’re pretty much the same
exact thing. The CNL is a drop-in replacement. One difference I did notice is this is painted
black, you got the C&L logo on there but once this is installed, you’re never gonna see
it. So basically the same exact thing in terms
of what the build is, but again, that C&L is a huge upgrade in terms of how much air
this can read. If you do have those mods that are going to
allow your Mustang to take in more air, this is going to be able to read that while the
factory one would peg again or max out. And this is going to allow your PCM to compensate
by adding more fuel, keeping the air-fuel ratio right where it needs to be therefore
netting the most amount of horsepower possible. So the install for our C&L is just gonna be
the reverse of our factory uninstall here. So we’re gonna grab our screws, take our new
C&L over to our Mustang and drop this right in place. So when you drop this in you want to make
sure that this is the correct way. Do not drop it in with the lettering up, you
could see our airflow arrow is backwards like that, you actually want to flip this over
to the blank side and install that face up like so. Then we can take our two screws and secure
that to the intake tube. The last thing we’re gonna have to do here
is actually plug the thing in. That is going to click on like so. And then on the underside, we can secure it
by flipping back that red latch. Guys, that is gonna do it for me, it’s also
gonna do it for the C&L Street Performance Slot-Style Mass Airflow Meter or Sensor Calibrated,
fitting all ’11 to ’14 GTs. As always, thank you guys so much for watching. Subscribe for more like this one. Keep it right here at AmericanMuscle for all
things Mustang.

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