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Old 01-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Sea Foam?

So I was at autozone today looking around and saw this product called sea foam. I was wondering if you guys ever heard of it or used it? What do you think?

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I use it after I let my stuff set around to long and the gas is really old. I really notice it improve carbureted engines with gummed up jets. I've used in my Harley, boat, car, and rv generators. It worked ever time.

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Old 01-31-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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there are some horror stories on seafoam. usualy when using it by sucking directly in the vaccume hose. do a google. In the tank it is fine.
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About the only issue I've had running it on my old pickup it helped clogged my maf sensor and gummed the hell out of my o2 sensors on the brighter side a whole lot less carbon buildup. I'm a bit worried about my cat converter still. If your going to use it I would do it on a regular bases.
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Hopefully people don't go ape over this thread. Usually posting about seafoam is enough to open Pandora's box of all Jeep unholiness.
I for one like it. I do not use it in the crank or through the vacuum. I just put it in the tank every couple of months. It's not expensive and frankly I don't care if it works. It's like getting a bandaid on a small scratch as a kid, it does nothing for the pain but it just feels better having it there.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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I add it in my gas every 10,000 miles, i have used it in my crank a few times in past vehicles, never had any issues, never tried it in the vacuum lines yet
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I did it a few months back, half in the tank and half up the brake booster vacuum hose! Jeeps runs better, idles better, sounds better. Just follow the instructions on the can. And when your yard fills up with white smoke, don't be alarmed, its doing its job. And after I did my jeep, I did the wife's commander with 60k miles on it. Not nearly as much smoke, but it felt like I added 2 more cylinders for a little while.
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I did it a few months back, half in the tank and have up the brake booster vacuum hose! Jeeps runs better, idles better, sounds better. Just follow the instructions on the can. And when your yard fills up with white smoke, don't be alarmed, its doing its job. And after I did my jeep, I did the wife's commander with 60k miles on it. Not nearly as much smoke, but it felt like I added 2 more cylinders for a little while.
I love doing it to mine, cracks me up when the neighborhood is full of that smoke.. However it could foul plugs if its never had it. Didn't on mine though. I couldn't even tell you if it helped mine or not so we'll just say it did
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I use it in my motorcycle, every third tank and I can feel the difference.
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Ive been using it for years on my cars and family/friends cars. It does work when used according to label. I use it down the throttle body, or vacuume line.
It has cleared marginal oxygen sensors, cleaned idle problems. I also use it in the gas tanks of cars and my boat (Carbed). Fuel system stays clean. With Ethanol fuels, the potential for gumming is increased and I use it once a month or before a road trip. Iv'e had nothing but good experience with this product.
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I ran it through the vacuum line when I first bought my TJ. I usually just use it in the gas tank every 3 months or so now. The stuff is great for 2 cycle engines. I use a half can of it when I mix my gas and it makes it run a hell of a lot better.
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Had a lifter ticking bad in a CJ5 that had been sitting for a while driving it wouldnt clear it up. Poured sea foam in the oil and within a minute the lifter was quiet. Then changed the oil and its still quiet.
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I put 1/3 in tank, 1/3 in crank, and 1/3 in vaccum hose. I love it, but you have to change the oil within 100 miles after you put it in there. I plan on using it every 3rd oil change. Not really sure how often youre supposed to use it but I wouldnt do it too often.
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So, from what you folks all said, it DOESN'T sound like all it's cracked up to be from when I first joined this forum.

I've never used it, although have been in the store with it in my hand several times, but couldn't persuade myself to buy it. It is not that cheap either!!

If all you're going to do is put it in the gas tank, sounds like you might just as well use some Lucas ( Lucas Fuel Treatment : Lucas Oil ) instead. At least that has some lubricant in it for fuel pump efficiency and gas line cleaner and works great!
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It seems to me that the standard Lucas product is more of a top end lubricant/injector cleaner. The Seafoam does more to clean the induction side. Intake valves, heads, piston tops, maybe o2 sensors etc. and as some have said, it can also be put in the tank to clean injectors.

Lucas also makes a deep cleaner for injectors, but is much stronger and I have only used it during road trips when I know I will be burning through the tank that day.

My feeling is that they are entirely different products used for different problems.
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Use it once and I promise you will notice a difference immediately after the smoke stops.
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So I was at autozone today looking around and saw this product called sea foam. I was wondering if you guys ever heard of it or used it? What do you think?
What problems are you having with your Jeep that you think Sea Foam will solve?

Sea foam is a natural phenomenon of the ocean which involves formation of white lathery substance which floats on the surface of water and gets accumulated at the sea shores. The formation of sea foam is seen in several parts of the world and continues to intrigue people even today.

I have never put that in my Jeep. It runs great without it.
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Sea foam is a natural phenomenon of the ocean which involves formation of white lathery substance which floats on the surface of water and gets accumulated at the sea shores. The formation of sea foam is seen in several parts of the world and continues to intrigue people even today.
Sea Foam is formed by dissolved organic compounds in the surrounding sea water (think fish poop, excess nutrients, stirred substrate, ect) becoming attracted and attached to passing bubbles through surface tension. This usually happens by wave action stirring air through the water column and once the DOC's are attached they form on the surface. This is why most beaches you go to have a "frothy" foam that collects where sand meets water.
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What problems are you having with your Jeep that you think Sea Foam will solve?

Sea foam is a natural phenomenon of the ocean which involves formation of white lathery substance which floats on the surface of water and gets accumulated at the sea shores. The formation of sea foam is seen in several parts of the world and continues to intrigue people even today.

I have never put that in my Jeep. It runs great without it.
I just saw it and was curious. I was at autozone for a battery cleaner and a battery brush.
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...had a 2000 kawasaki zrx 1100 in-line 4 cyl. had a bank of 4 carbs w/ pod filters, had a stumble coming off idle, poured some 'seafoam' in the tank and cleared it up by half the tank, been sold on it ever since. tank use only though.
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Lucas additive products

Just purchased an 08 Rubicon...she's a beauty.
Added Lucas gas treatment and a few ounces of Lucas oil stabilizer and she purrs like a kitten. Highly suggest both.

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Had a lifter ticking bad in a CJ5 that had been sitting for a while driving it wouldnt clear it up. Poured sea foam in the oil and within a minute the lifter was quiet. Then changed the oil and its still quiet.
My lifters made a little ticking noise that would quiet down after a few minutes, after I started my TJ. The ticking wasn't real loud, like something was about to snap, but you could tell the "tick" was there. So, last night, I put sea foam into the valve cover. Then ran the jeep for about 10 minutes. Now, when I start it, you can still hear the lifters, but they are a whole lot quieter. Maybe with more time, they will not make any ticking noise anymore. We'll see.

(I used to use sea foam in my motorcycle. Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. Using Royal Purple, the engine was quieter than using dino oil, but adding the SF to the RP, it was even more quieter. I sold my bike, & disclosed to the buyer that it was running on Royal Purple & Sea Foam. Hopefully, he kept doing so.)
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Try this it's a little more expensive but works wonders. all I use in my 3 jeeps. Never use sea foam again.
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We used it in my son's first Toyota pickup - vacuum line method as well as slowly pouring it down the throttle body. Once it started smoking, we took it out for a drive. It was dark and we produced so much smoke, the guys behind us had to pull over because they couldn't see where they were going!!!
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... Lucas gas treatment ...
I don't remember exactly which Lucas product I looked at last night. But it was one of their additive products.

On the back of the white bottle, it said that it MIGHT hurt catalytic converters. (I noticed that they didn't use the word "damage". That sounds worse than "hurt". Hurt or damaged, your CC is still in bad shape.)

I didn't see any such disclaimer on the bottle of sea foam. (I still have the empty bottle at home. I'll check again tonight.)
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I use it after I let my stuff set around to long and the gas is really old. I really notice it improve carbureted engines with gummed up jets. I've used in my Harley, boat, car, and rv generators. It worked ever time.
I agree totally with this post. At our cabin UP North I have a variety of carbonated engines. They can be a real pain in the butt since the introduction of ethanol in gas. Over the winter it really does a number and I used to spend a lot of time getting chain saws, lawn tractors, weed trimmers, and my 89 YJ started and running good. There carbonated YJ had a particular nasty habit of not idling every spring. You could actually look down the venturi of the YJ and see gas dribbling into the carb. I now make a cocktail of Sea Foam, Stabile, Red Heat and Marvel's Mystery oil. Sea Foam is the principle ingredient. I put the cocktail in the gas tanks and run each engine thoroughly ti mix it up. My problems have been dramatically reduced in the last 6 years since I have been treating the engines this way.

Sea Foam in the vacuum brake booster line dramatically improved my 400 Small Block 1976 Chevy K20. I had 2 shops tell me I needed a valve job but after 4 cans of Sea Foam and an unbelievable amount of smoke that engine purrs again. Unbelievable the difference.

Then my 99 TJ that I leave at our Condo in Florida and only use it about 5 weeks a year had the classic no start when cold till the third attempt minimum. This is the defective pressure regulator mounted to the fuel pump in the gas tank. After 3 years of failure to start I put 3 cans of Sea Foam in the gas tank and drove the Jeep about 10 miles. I then parked it for 2 months and when we got back it has started first time every time for 3 years now. I am sold. Ethanol causes problems if your vehicles sit for extended periods of time and Sea Foam helps.
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if you have any/all the symptoms that sea-foam is supposed to cure, regardless of whether sea-foam cures it, you may have some engine issues you need to look after. (if it works) its more of a band aide solution that only covers up/prolongs engine issues. if your injectors are dirty seafoam will only clean them while its in your gas. but a new fuel filter will keep them clean. if your engine smokes, seafoam may stop the smoke as long as its in your oil. but you may need piston rings or valve seals to really fix the problem. if your carbed engine is running bad, seafoam may help take away the studded. but it probably needs a full carb clean. etc.. just something to think about when buying products like this.

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