Yes you can just remove the motor/actuator by itself, I had to remove it to replace some of the hoses. The threaded rods (13541407960 & 13541407396) that go from the actuator to the throttle body linkage can't rotate accidentally, so if you just move them to the side they will not affect position. UNLESS, for some reason, the rod is already loose or you decide to loosen/unthread the lock nut.I'll just jime in with a quick question. Regarding the last post, i guess its possible to remove the whole Throttle bodies from one bank, replace the gasket beneath it and just screw it back on the head.
I never considered the O-rings between the throttle bodies. Should one replace these? Or is there usually not a problem with them?
And finally, the question i was actually going to ask: The throttle positioner (the thing in the middle which controls the individual throttle bodies). Can i remove it and install it again without having to sync the left and right bank (I am installing the same positioner again)?
The reason I want to change the o-rings is because I had to rotate the hard T-connector (13417830410) that goes from bank-1 to the evap rubber hoses. I don't have any codes, but I bought them with the intention of changing them from the begining. Also the tiny vaccum hose (? 11727545323 ?) that goes to the tiny-tiny bank-2 barbed fitting has hairline cracks and I need to replace it.