|03-07-2012 07:55 AM|
Whenever I have purchased a new to me (used) vehicle I put a can of BG 44k in the tank and let it work.
At every other LOF on my vehicles I dump a can of Chevron Techron in the tank as a preventive/maintenance routine.
The 44k is awesome, I was sold on it a few years ago when I was tuning up a neighbor's daughters car. It was running a little rough while I was checking things out and I noticed the injector was not spraying a nice circle pattern (it was a throttle body injected GM). I bought a can of 44k to dump in it. I had changed the plugs, wires and tested the rest of the ignition and fuel system and everything checked out. While I was running the car and checking the timing it started to smooth out and I noticed that the injector was spraying a nice uniform pattern. All of this took place in about 10-15 minutes of the car idling in the shop, not even driving it. Over the next half hour and maybe 10 miles it ran even better.
I have been sold on the stuff ever since. It is a little pricey that is why I don't use it all of the time but if you are experiencing any kind of rough or irregular idle that you think may be from the fuel system it is well worth the $22.00 a can.
|03-07-2012 07:44 AM|
I use this at my shop. You want a petroleum base product. Specially if you add it to the gas tank. Because you want it to mix with the gas & absorb the moist in there & have it all go out together. Ones that aren't petroleum base ether just settle at the bottom or floats on the top & really doesn't do anything.
Read the info on the bottle & it will tell you if it is or not.
But when I was in the mazda forums. All of them live by this stuff. Vehicle running rough, idles like crap, etc etc etc. Use seafoam on it & BAM! The beast is running normal.
I Haven't had any issues with it...yet...& hope I don't. If you use the booster line to suck it in. You don't want it to suck it in fast. It should take about 15-20 min for this process to be completed & you need to keep the RPMs between 1500-2000. It helps a lot if you have a container that does this job for you. With the tool, should be like 3 drops, stop, 3 drops, stop. In a bit of a fast pace. You do it by hand. Have it suck a little bit at a time.
If smoke is coming out of the exhaust, it's not really working then. You are just flooding the vehicle & the stuff is not doing what it should be doing.
I recommend every 20k-30k to do this along with cleaning the throttle body.
|03-07-2012 06:20 AM|
|PA ARCTIC||advanced auto has it BOGO. cant beat that! i like the fact its safe for the fuel gauge sending unit, and clean's the sulpher off of it.|
|03-06-2012 08:11 PM|
Had a minor ping during heavy acceleration (cough)
Anyhow... Ran two bottles through two full tanks and ping gone
|03-06-2012 07:15 PM|
|PA ARCTIC||techtron every oil change.|
|03-06-2012 04:12 PM|
Prestone Complete Fuel System Cleaner
ETA: At every oil change
|03-06-2012 02:10 PM|
|PA . JAY||lucas Is all I use I add every other full tank . ethanol treatment|
|03-06-2012 02:05 PM|
|Mike Greathouse||I use Lucas pretty regularly, but also toss a can of Seafoam in now and then. Both help to offset the negative effects of the ethanol in the gas these days.|
|03-06-2012 01:59 PM|
|03-06-2012 01:49 PM|
|JkJared||I occasionally throw a bottle of Lucas upper cylinder and injector cleaner. Maybe every 8-10 fills. I find it good and cheap. Anyone have experience with this stuff|
|03-06-2012 12:51 PM|
|03-06-2012 11:35 AM|
|OBX||Seafoam for EVERYTHING|
|11-11-2011 05:03 PM|
|1Topp||Marvel Mystery oil|
|11-11-2011 03:32 PM|
The only negative I have ever heard to using the vacuum line method for cleaners is that huge plume or smoke you get when you start it back up and what it may be doing(clogging) to your O2 Sensors mounted in the exhaust stream.
I try and use only good clean gas and use Seafoam in the Gas tank every few months.
But mostly for its stabilizing/water eliminating value vs cleaning
|11-11-2011 02:00 PM|
|wrangler0||Is it best to add Seafoam to the gas tank with a fresh full tank of gas or is it OK to add it to half a tank?|
|10-14-2011 11:40 PM|
|JeffC||It was suggested to me to occasionally use Sta-bil as preventative maintenance.|
|10-14-2011 09:43 PM|
|rivershark2005||My mechanic recommends a can of SeaFoam in the gas every fifth tank and half a can of SeaFoam through the vacuum line every oil change. That's what I do with my Trailblazer and after the first couple of treatments, my mileage increased 2mpg. It was getting 18.5-19 overall and now it's getting 20.5 overall.|
|10-14-2011 09:38 PM|
|10-14-2011 05:17 PM|
|10-14-2011 04:58 PM|
|PAVarminter||I may very well be mistaken, but a fuel injector cleaning just sounds like a ripoff to me . . . I have a mental image of a mechanic pouring some injector cleaner into the tank then charging $60.00 . . .|
|10-14-2011 02:21 PM|
I've been using seafoam for many years
oil to keep sludge from building up/remove existing sludge
gas to clean injectors
in throttle body to clean out carbon build up
|10-14-2011 12:59 PM|
Ok, so I used the throttle body method and it worked great. I also added some seafoam to the crank as a flush. When I changed the oil, there was soild dime size carbon deposits falling out. It worried me a bit at first, but when I started it and drove, it felt like a whole new machine.
Is it normal to have that much blow-by on these?
|10-11-2011 09:20 PM|
|oilwell1415||If your injectors are clean already you can just put a can of 44K in the tank every oil change and you'll be good.|
|10-11-2011 09:03 PM|
Just read through a good thread on another forum. Some said "not to mess with the DBW TB, and there really is no reason to clean it" most of their TB's were not all that bad to actually need a cleaning. If there is a lot of buildup, the owner is doing something wrong I.e not replacing filter or using a K&N oiled filter (like myself)
Mines not too bad (yet) I am going to look into an AFE dry filter to replace the K&N on my Banks system, will see.
Thanks for the info
|10-11-2011 08:35 PM|
|10-11-2011 08:32 PM|
|demarpaint||Red Line makes a very good fuel injector cleaner which also contains an upper cylinder lubricant. Dump in a bottle just before an oil change or you can add 1.5 ounces per 10 gallons of gas as a maintenance dose, that's after an initial 1 bottle cleaning.|
|10-11-2011 07:54 PM|
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|10-11-2011 07:48 PM|
|10-11-2011 07:45 PM|
Take it off and clean it with throttle body cleaner. Wipe out what you can reach in the intake. Reinstall. 15 minute job.
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