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From an old Popular Mechanics article:
Eventually, dirt and oily film bake onto the wire, insulating it from the cooler air--and when the engine management computer sees a value for air mass that's too far out of range, it sets an error code. Periodically, there's a cleaning cycle during which the wire is heated to a very high temperature right after engine shutdown. This burns off deposits.
When this cleaning cycle fails to remove all of the contaminants, you're supposed to replace the MAF sensor. According to almost every manufacturer, it's not recommended or even possible to clean the delicate wires. Of course, they're selling those sensors, so their motivation might be suspect. Next time, I'd try cleaning it first--what do you have to lose? I used to use aerosol carb cleaner, but CRC MAF Sensor Cleaner is new and less prone to dissolving other components in the MAF sensor. Do yourself a favor and remove the MAF sensor from the vehicle before attempting to clean it. Also, I'd make sure the air filter housing, air filter and all associated ducting are intact, clean inside and not leaking dirt. This will keep you from needing to clean or replace the MAF sensor anytime soon.
2008 Base V-6
2008 Limited V-6
Tow Prep Package & front wheel drive (both)