Basically i just need to know if it is safe to run the car without the MAF sensor plugged in. Ive been having problems for a while now and i just couldnt seem to figure it out. Today i cleaned it again and one of the little gates was broken off. i unplugged and drove the car for a couple miles and it ran like a dream. once its plugged back in it misfires all day and backfires like crazy.