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Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 25th 2012, 10:33pm

Feedback from anyone that has used Seafoam treatment..... Does this stuff work?
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Re: Seafoam

Postby RECox286 » February 25th 2012, 10:47pm

How do you intend to use it ? Be careful, knowing that it is an industrial strength solvent. Most of us use it as a fuel tank additive to keep

our systems clean. There are different thoughts about other uses, some swear by it, others swear at it. If you are careful, it is useful as

an oil system cleaner, but don't leave it in the engine for very long. I'm sure you will get other hits if you wait around long enough.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 25th 2012, 10:56pm

My intentions are for a fuel tank additive...I would like to keep the injection system clean and haven't been sold on some of the conventional fuel injection cleaners. Thanks for your input Uncle Bob!!
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Re: Seafoam

Postby RECox286 » February 25th 2012, 11:27pm

I prefer to use Lucas Fuel Injector Cleaner in my fuel tank. Actually, most of the injector cleaners will do the job, because they

are basically the same stuff. I think that the pricing has more to do with preferences than the ingredients. Most people reason

that if it costs more, it is better. Not always the case. Sometimes price is indicatve, but name and reputation wins in this case.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 25th 2012, 11:34pm

Well I will give it a try...Thanks again!!
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Re: Seafoam

Postby Jasen » February 25th 2012, 11:44pm

If you search seafoam make your self a ham sandwich, there's pages and pages of reading on it here.
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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 25th 2012, 11:54pm

Just ordered wings....should be better than ham!!
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Re: Seafoam

Postby Lumpy » February 26th 2012, 12:09am

I use SeaFoam as a gas tank additive once a year, with oil change. I also use it as a general fuel system cleaner in aerosol form to clean the throttle body, EGR, everything around the intake. Unrelated to cars I use it as a lubricant on outside metal things like gate hinges. It's not terribly caustic or acidic like Gumout or other carb cleaners. LIght oil, little bit of alcohol etc. Doesn't seem to bother rubber, plastic, paint, wire insulation etc. I spray a bit of it anywhere I want a little lube/protection. Battery terminals, distributor cap, hood latch, E brake cable, hose clamps.

I think the major difference in SeaFoam and most other fuel system cleaners is it's got "pale oil" in it. Lubricates the butterfly valves and so forth in the throttle body. I've done the big treatment where you put a pint through the vacuum boost intake. Seemed to clean the heck out of the intake system. Made things run smoother, idle a bit higher. I've also added it to the oil before changing. Not sure how to tell what kind of difference that might make. But it didn't make my engine fall out or my gaskets disintegrate, as some will have you think.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 26th 2012, 12:08pm

Thanks for the input.. I think I may need to try it out! I have 200k on it and after a complete tune up its a little sluggish...so maybe a complete cleansing is in order!!
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Re: Seafoam

Postby tedanderson » February 27th 2012, 8:19pm

The only way that I've seen the effective use of it is when you suck it in to the engine through a vacuum line (as Lumpy stated)

I've done it on all of my vehicles at least once and I must say YES it really works!

What you would want to do is get the engine up to operating temperature, suck in about a third of the can while it's running, and then immediately shut the engine off and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Start it back up and then drive it until the smoke stops.
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Depending on how dirty your intake system is, you might want to do this after dark. ;)
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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 28th 2012, 12:52am

Thanks for the opinion Ted...much appreciated!!
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Re: Seafoam

Postby Big_kid » February 28th 2012, 3:53am

Would you recommend a highway cruise afterward to make sure all the 'gunk' makes it all the way through?
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Re: Seafoam

Postby Lumpy » February 28th 2012, 9:04pm

You'll see a lot of white smoke out of your exhaust while the oil in the SeaFoam, and other gunk, is burning. I think that's why Ted suggested night time. One way or another, I'd try and do a drive (or sit and run) that gets the revs up and heats the engine up. Gun it a few times to get the pressure of the engine to blow it all out the exhaust. You'll know you're done when the exhaust returns to normal.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby Jasen » February 28th 2012, 11:28pm

Theres a video on here somewhere of an A/S member doing a Seafoam treatment but I can't find it.

Here's one off of youtube, it gets good 2 mins in.

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Re: Seafoam

Postby snodog600 [OP] » February 28th 2012, 11:46pm

Speechless.... :rofl: :rofl:
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