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Old 11-19-2006, 08:58 AM   #1
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i see a lot of people talking about putting seafoam into the exhaust system to check for leaks. what is seafoam and is ok to do.

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perfect. answered all my questions. off to auto zone. thanks a lot.
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All these years, I though seafoam was just a horrible mistake of a color. Live and learn.
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All these years, I though seafoam was just a horrible mistake of a color. Live and learn.
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Old 11-19-2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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seafoam is the best. i put it in my jeep after it had set for 4 years and it cleaned it all up. i like this stuff and it is well worth it.
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I was skeptical. I tried it once and didnt see any thing, no smoke show or anything. Then i saw ppl talkin about it again figured id give it another shot. Man was it a world of a difference.
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Old 11-25-2006, 07:44 PM   #8
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I use almost a full case of SeaFoam a week. It is a great product, wont hurt anything at all, and will actually help with the fuel mileage in the end. As for the white smoke, its the carbon in the engine that is burning off. Some may have more smoke than others, depending on the mileage and care of the vehicle.

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I use almost a full case of SeaFoam a week. It is a great product, wont hurt anything at all, and will actually help with the fuel mileage in the end. As for the white smoke, its the carbon in the engine that is burning off. Some may have more smoke than others, depending on the mileage and care of the vehicle.

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Old 11-28-2006, 10:25 AM   #10
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I used some last week and I think I did it wrong. I poured it in (into the BB vac. line) really slow b/c it sounded like it was going to shut off when I did it fast. am I supposed to just put the line into the bottle so it sucks it up real fast?
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:48 PM   #11
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You can pour it in your gas tank and also in you oil pan (when you change the oil) regularly.

is there also other way to use it to give the pistons cams a "shock clean"... I'm not totally familiar with the procedure but I know for sure that lot of folks use it in cars or motorcycles.

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i tried the seafoam the other day, and i had some smoke coming out the tailpipe, but i don't think i've really noticed a difference. i figure with all the white smoke coming out that it was doing it's job so i guess that's all that matters.
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id recommend seafoam to anyone. i did a total treatment on my truck a few months ago.

did half a can in the brake booster; waited 15 minutes, fired it up and let the smoke die away.

did almost a full can into the brake booster; let it sit over night, fired it up and smoked out the neighborhood for 10 or so minutes. then drove like a psycho for another 5 minutes to clear all of it out.

put a full can into the gas tank and ran that through while i drove to moab

the remaining (almost 3/4 of a bottle) went into my engine for about a 100 miles, then changed the oil.

so if the white smoke is the burning of excess of carbon, well then i had a lot of it. as most people will experience. people who try seafoam and dont claim to have a lot of white smoke or dont seem to notice any improvements, possibly have not done it right.

some people will experience more/less smoke, and more/less improvements. this can all depend on how your engine has been treated and how many miles you got on the thing.

for instance my truck ('92 toyota 22-re) was treated like gold by the last 2 owners (im # 3) but it had 186,000 miles on it when i did the seafoam treatment.


i noticed a little less hesitation, a little more throttle response, 1-2 mpg better on my drive down to moab.

do this treatment right, and you will be more than happy!
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Its hilarious when your driving and leaving a smoke trail like a stunt plane.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:49 AM   #15
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i love the looks on peoples faces. kinda like "what is that retard doing? doesnt he know his truck is on fire!"
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Its hilarious when your driving and leaving a smoke trail like a stunt plane.
Not really. On my way to Moab the turbo went out on my truck. It only smoked during deceleration, but when it did, it was like I was a mosquito spraying truck. Rather embarrassing actually. I still wheeled the crap out of it at Moab, but for some reason everybody kept insisting that I be the tail gunner. I must be a good tail end Charlie, that's what I keep telling myself.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:01 AM   #17
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The white smoke being emitted while running Sea Foam isn't carbon being burned off, actual carbon blows out looking like bits of soot. Nearly anything like the pale oil (as Sea foam uses), ATF, etc. added to the engine will cause clouds of white smoke to be emitted from the exhaust. 12-16 ounces of plain water slowly (should take 1-2 minutes to drain 16 ounces) trickled into the throttle body while the engine runs at a slightly elevated RPM will get rid of any carbon deposits just as easily and a little faster for free. No (!) this does not harm the engine so long as you don't accidentally dump the entire container of water into the engine at once. Water's ability to get rid of carbon deposits was discovered during WWII when it was used in bombers to increase engine power (via water injection) and the mechanics noticed how the engines were sparkling clean internally afterwards.

One thing I would NEVER do with Sea Foam is to pour it into the crankcase, at least not for more than a few minutes before an engine oil drain... which I don't really believe helps anyway.
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Don't you have to change your spark plugs right after this treatment?
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12-16 ounces of plain water slowly (should take 1-2 minutes to drain 16 ounces) trickled into the throttle body while the engine runs at a slightly elevated RPM will get rid of any carbon deposits just as easily and a little faster for free. No (!) this does not harm the engine so long as you don't accidentally dump the entire container of water into the engine at once. Water's ability to get rid of carbon deposits was discovered during WWII when it was used in bombers to increase engine power (via water injection) and the mechanics noticed how the engines were sparkling clean internally afterwards.

One thing I would NEVER do with Sea Foam is to pour it into the crankcase, at least not for more than a few minutes before an engine oil drain... which I don't really believe helps anyway.
i have also wondered about the water treatment. ive heard about it, read about it, wondered about it. it seems like it should work. ive never tried it, but it seems like it should work.

as far as pouring seafoam directly into your crankcase for more than a few minutes... well i have done it many times, like the instructions on the bottle say, and just as people on forums much like this have said..... well , lets just say i have not had a problem doing this a hundred miles or less before an oil change. and no one else i have read about did.

there are other pruducts in which you can buy to clean out the sludge or whatever deposits in your engine. they say to run your engine till hot and "do not drive" !!

but seafoam to my knowledge isnt one of them.

its very safe.... dont knock it till you try it!
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I just used seafoam 100 miles before my oil change. poured some in the gas tank, crank case, and brake booster line. all equally divided by 1/3 of the bottle. after the oil change and intake it smoked and ran like shit for 10-15 miles.. but after that it felt a bit more smoother and peepy. not very noticeably but well fr 6 bucks of seafoam.
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I used to do a Seafoam intake cleaning with every oil change. Seems to do a great job.
My father (old school hot rodder) used to do the Water treatment back in the day. Im sure it does pretty much the same thing.
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Some of us remember when Holley used to make a kit for injecting water into the carbm Just for some added pep and cleaning i guess. Sea foam we use that when we are out of GM top engine cleaner.
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I just did the seafoam treatment to my Wrangler. I did mine a little different than most though. I decided that the vacuum line evryone else was using off teh brake booster would result in getting the product only to the back two cylinders because of where it is located in the airflow. So I put mine into a spray bottle and sprayed it directly into the throttle body like using ether. I used half a bottle. Then it started to smoke lightly. I shut it down and let it sit for about 10 minutes then fired it back up..It ran like cvrap for about a minute and what a cloud of smoke. And i discovered the exhaust leak i didnt know i had from the manifold. Then took it out for a "spirited drive" to blow it all out. I will let you know if my fuel mileage improved after the next tank.

Here is my problem. I am now hearing a clicking noise coming from the number 1 injector. Is this normal??
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i have also wondered about the water treatment. ive heard about it, read about it, wondered about it. it seems like it should work. ive never tried it, but it seems like it should work.

as far as pouring seafoam directly into your crankcase for more than a few minutes... well i have done it many times, like the instructions on the bottle say, and just as people on forums much like this have said..... well , lets just say i have not had a problem doing this a hundred miles or less before an oil change. and no one else i have read about did.

there are other pruducts in which you can buy to clean out the sludge or whatever deposits in your engine. they say to run your engine till hot and "do not drive" !!

but seafoam to my knowledge isnt one of them.

its very safe.... dont knock it till you try it!
The water thing you have to be careful with, on a straight 6 you can warp the head, I know, I did it to my moms 66 mustang back in 68. I was pouring it in to clean the carbon out, I did my 66 Mustang GT- no problem, my dads 68 Ford 390 country squire - no problem, moms 6 cylinder mustang, I twitched and dumped the whole dixiecup of water in, stalled, restarted it and the head/block area was toast. It took a new head so if you use water do it s-l-o-w-l-y, better too little than too much.
Basically the way it was explained to me a couple of years later by a chief machinist mate I served with was the combustion/ignition cycle turns the water to steam which gets into and between the carbon molecules where it expands, shattering the carbon which then breaks loose.
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Here is my problem. I am now hearing a clicking noise coming from the number 1 injector. Is this normal??
Hmm, how the heck do you hear just one injector ? ALL mine click, in all 3 no, now all 4 jeeps since we got the ZJ. They always have.
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No... i though i had a rod tapping it was so loud i could hear it with the hood closed. I used a wooden dowl to my ear to locate where the sound was coming from. It is coming from my number 1 injector
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The water thing you have to be careful with, on a straight 6 you can warp the head, I know, I did it to my moms 66 mustang back in 68. I was pouring it in to clean the carbon out, I did my 66 Mustang GT- no problem, my dads 68 Ford 390 country squire - no problem, moms 6 cylinder mustang, I twitched and dumped the whole dixiecup of water in, stalled, restarted it and the head/block area was toast. It took a new head so if you use water do it s-l-o-w-l-y, better too little than too much.
Basically the way it was explained to me a couple of years later by a chief machinist mate I served with was the combustion/ignition cycle turns the water to steam which gets into and between the carbon molecules where it expands, shattering the carbon which then breaks loose.
yep... ive read to do it S L O W L Y ! ! ! !
i dont know that i will do it any time soon, but just wondered about it. i will stick with the seafoam for now.
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im not a rookie to seafoam, but......

i did the seafoam on the TJ today. thought i killed my new friend !!

i followed the directions on the can, throw a little in, let it sit, start it up, blah blah blah.
i did that and didnt see much of anything (kinda like above on my previous vehicles)

so this time i poured the remainder of the bottle... (just over half) into the brake booster line and turned off the key. it then "dieseled" for a second and then stopped.

i waited 10-15 minutes and started again, i noticed a nice plume of white smoke, much like i had seen on other vehicles i have done.

BUT!!! I got really scared for a minute. i saw a leak in my exhaust, the leak was pouring out a black liquid much like old motor oil. i was scared $hitless! thought i did something TOTALLY wrong.

it turns out, i just have a leak in my exhaust system, and the fluid escaping was the cause of a weak weld on the new exhaust i had intalled.

the seafoam i had poured into the brake booster had done a fine job of removing all the gunk, it then went into the exhaust and just so happen to find a leak in my exhaust. guess i killed 2 birds with 1 stone!

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