I am assuming that LAS = Local Autoparts Store?
Yep, stolen from LBS (Local Bike Shop)
You said that "The best way is to remove the pins from the plug" But the plug is super small and the pins are microscopic ..... how does one begin to do that.
I will check on my Jeep when my wife gets back from her parent's place. Subaru is dead, so we are down to one winter-able vehicle till insurance gets around to their job. Should be a matter of slipping the main lock out of the plug assy, using a probe to move the locking clips, and pulling the wires/pins out of the plug. Sadly there is nothing you can do for the male pins on the MAF itself, because they are fuzed in there. Best bet there is some electrical parts cleaner and some compressed air to dry it out. DO NOT USE BRAKE CLEANER
Most are quite corrosive to plastic, rubber, and silicone... which your MAF plug is made of.
I wonder if I couldn't just submerge it in a solution for a while, one that doesn't harm the plastic cover, what do you think?
CAC has a very nice product for cleaning the MAF sensor, it is safe for the sensor, plastics, and all other bits in the assembly.