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T-BONE N BIXBY 02-06-2010 01:52 PM

Here's a stupid question....What is SEAFOAM?
 
I know I can google it, but I'd rather ask the experts. What is this stuff and what is its purpose?

Bobthegod 02-06-2010 02:06 PM

From the Seafoam web page:
SeaFoam Auto Marine Motor Treatment is great for tuning up IH engines. When added to fuel tank, cleans fuel injectors, de-ices and removes moisture, cleans carbon as you drive, diesel fuel conditioner and anti-gel, lubricates upper cylinders, stabilizes fuel, adds lubricity. One pint treats 25 gallons of fuel. When used for Small Engine Applications, works and performs instantly to stabilize fuel, clean carburetor, clean carbon, remove moisture, assure fast starts, free sticky rings, restore power, lubricate upper cylinder and smooth rough idle.

You can also You Tube it and see.

InfernoGirl 02-06-2010 02:08 PM

Sea Foam | Motor Treatment

HTH.... I have used it in the tank on a couple of vehicles at the recommendation of a good mechanic. Never did it in the intake tho', too afraid I'd screw that up... :D

usaftj05 02-06-2010 04:48 PM

Used seafoam last week on my wrangler. Worked awesome. I highly recommend it. I put it in via the master cylinder vacuum line. Easy as pie and helped alot (alot of smoke from the carbon came out). I put some in the wifes tank (pontiac G5), and the next day you could feel a difference in the noice of the vehicle as well as the throttle response. I highly recommend the product.

Wyominer 02-06-2010 05:18 PM

Been using it for years, in the tank, carb & oil. I use it in the fuel tank about every three or four fill-ups. Just started using it through the vac line on the jeep & pick-up, works great! The smoke is a bonus!

I started using it in the carb of a 70 Nova I had in the '90's. I would only drive the Nova once a month or so, usually, so the carb would get varnished up. Start it, pour the sea foam slowly down the carb until the engine stalled. Let it do it's magic for about 10 minutes (I could hear it sizzling). Start her up, smoke out the neighbors and take off!

I will us Seafoam in the oil if it has been an extended period between changes. Add to the crankcase, let herwarm up, then drop the oil.

Just saw a flyer at O'Reilly's the other day. It was about changing the plugs in three differnt Ford engines. I read it because my dad has the 5.4L mentioned. Seafoam treatment through the vac line, then Deep Creep to soak the plug threads (can't remember the time) before attempting to back out the plugs. Some thing about the way the plugs are made, small size, internal carb build up, etc. plugs breaking when being changed. Made sense.

wolfen 02-06-2010 05:26 PM

I've used Sea Foam since I was 12 years old, I put it in a riding lawn mower my dad had that ran like it was on its last leg, a little Sea Foam and it ran like new, I put i some in a 72 Ford 351, and found every vac leak that was covered internally by gunk, I have a engine in my Jeep that I installed in Jan or last year and I use Sea Foam in it all the time, in the gas it cleans better than Shell with Nitrogen, and in the oil it keeps the engine clean from all the short hops I make in it, down the intake it keeps that area and the top of the valves clean and free from sticking, I wish they made that stuff for kitchen stoves :)

T-BONE N BIXBY 02-06-2010 09:28 PM

Ok, sounds good. But I'm still confused.....everyone is saying they used it in different orifaces of their jeep. If I put it in the gas tank, what is the benefit? If I put it in the oil filler cap, what is the benefit? If I put it in the power steering pump, what is the benefit? LOL (just kidding) But really, you can put this stuff in ANYTHING? WHERE DO I BUY IT AT AND HOW MUCH IS IT? Thanks guys and GALS.

birdhunter 02-06-2010 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by T-BONE N BIXBY (Post 540247)
Ok, sounds good. But I'm still confused.....everyone is saying they used it in different orifaces of their jeep. If I put it in the gas tank, what is the benefit? If I put it in the oil filler cap, what is the benefit? If I put it in the power steering pump, what is the benefit? LOL (just kidding) But really, you can put this stuff in ANYTHING? WHERE DO I BUY IT AT AND HOW MUCH IS IT? Thanks guys and GALS.

Any auto parts store or farm stuffs store

It is differant how can it work in gas or oil
for differant problems or thru master cyl
How do it know???lol

turdhurdler 02-06-2010 10:24 PM

I have thought of using Seafoam myself, but the old saying "There is no such thing as a cure in a can" keeps me from taking the plunge. Anyone have a negative effect or things I should look at before using this "miracle" product?

Jeff

T-BONE N BIXBY 02-06-2010 10:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turdhurdler (Post 540266)
I have thought of using Seafoam myself, but the old saying "There is no such thing as a cure in a can" keeps me from taking the plunge. Anyone have a negative effect or things I should look at before using this "miracle" product?

Jeff

No offense to anyone on here, but Jerry B. will probably have some great insight on this product.

birdhunter 02-06-2010 11:18 PM

A few things
it works on some things,its not a cure all
if added to oil Your oil will need to be changed
Do not over use just when really needed

I have seen a (80s) 6 cyl that was running on 4
come back from the dead
I have seen it unstick valves and lifters
cut noise from both

I have only seen it used 4 times in the oil and it made a big
differance
Try it in your gas follow the label cannt hurt anything
same as other injector cleaners

Fweaky 02-07-2010 12:15 AM

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._the_shore.jpg

Seafoam

turdhurdler 02-07-2010 12:33 AM

Fweaky is fwunny.

Jeff

wolfen 02-07-2010 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by birdhunter (Post 540303)
A few things
it works on some things,its not a cure all
if added to oil Your oil will need to be changed
Do not over use just when really needed

I have seen a (80s) 6 cyl that was running on 4
come back from the dead
I have seen it unstick valves and lifters
cut noise from both

I have only seen it used 4 times in the oil and it made a big
differance
Try it in your gas follow the label cannt hurt anything
same as other injector cleaners


Liek he said REMEMBER to CHANGE THE OIL. don;t wait till tomorrow either.

sonofabeach 02-07-2010 04:18 PM

Thanks for posting the "how to" video InfernoGirl!

I'd never heard of this stuff until seeing it here a few days ago.
Today I just bought a can at Wally World for $8.97.
Some random dude standing there saw me pick it up and he started raving about it.
I'm gonna do the full treatment this weekend.

Quick dumb question:
After treating your whole vehicle like the video shows, you just wait for the smoke to clear and then do the oil change immediately right?

wolfen 02-07-2010 04:23 PM

Minutes? I'd say no more than 2 minutes

sonofabeach 02-07-2010 04:33 PM

Cool! Thanks for the info y'all

burton160w 02-07-2010 11:19 PM

Yea, I have experience with this stuff since I've used it religiously on my Cougar and my Mustang, and yes, it WORKS like a charm. You'll notice a big improvement especially on a higher mileage car.

It's available at any auto store and Wal-Mart and comes in a white aluminum can with red outline.

http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/54666/seafoam.jpg

You split it into three parts.

Gas Tank
Vacuum Line
Oil Case

1. First with the gas tank, I like to put it in when it's about 1/2 way to 1/4 and then just run it down near E and refill up on gas. Just pour it right in, it doesn't do any damage.

2. Then, unhook the brake booster vacuum line (I don't know on a Jeep, I know in a Mustang or Cougar). Have someone else start the car (especially with a manual), and pour 1/3 of the seafoam into a cup or a cap so it's easy to put it in. Don't try to put the hose in the bottle, you'll suck it dry. Have the person then rev the gas VERY VERY SLOWLY and it'll inhale the seafoam. The car may sputter and die, and you might need to do this a few times to get it all. THIS IS NORMAL. Then, wait 15 minutes, start the car up, and ENJOY THE SHOW. It might take a few cranks for it to start up again. DO NOT PANIC!

3. The oil. Simply pour it in and drive around. Most people I know recommend maybe 25 miles on it to make sure it gets through the case, but honestly I know people who've ridden 200 miles with no problem. Then simply do an oil change.

I feel the oil part is the least effective. And honestly, on a high mileage car, getting the gunk also means getting the stuff clogging any leaks. Oh, and please, don't breathe this shit in. It tastes terrible.

s3nt3nc3d 02-08-2010 12:18 AM

Where are you guys getting that you have to change your oil immediately?

I've been using Seafoam for a few years and I always would add it around the same time I treated the rest of my engine and run it until my oil was due for its next oil change.

Also, this comes directly off the Seafoam website:
To clean oil rings and lifters, add 1 oz. Sea Foam to each quart of oil. Sea Foam will slowly re-liquefy the old oil varnish residue that builds up on lifters and rings and prevents them from functioning normally. This process can be done as part of a pre service cleaning by adding the Sea Foam to the oil at least 30 miles before the next oil change interval.

OR it can be done as a preventative maintenance process without changing the oil. You can leave Sea Foam in the oil indefinitely as long as the oil is clean. The addition of a high-detergent oil like Sea Foam may cause the oil to become dirty faster than normal as buildup oil residue and contamination are cleaned. Check the oil at regular intervals and when it gets dirty, change it.

burton160w 02-08-2010 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s3nt3nc3d (Post 540932)
Where are you guys getting that you have to change your oil immediately?

I've been using Seafoam for a few years and I always would add it around the same time I treated the rest of my engine and run it until my oil was due for its next oil change.

Also, this comes directly off the Seafoam website:
To clean oil rings and lifters, add 1 oz. Sea Foam to each quart of oil. Sea Foam will slowly re-liquefy the old oil varnish residue that builds up on lifters and rings and prevents them from functioning normally. This process can be done as part of a pre service cleaning by adding the Sea Foam to the oil at least 30 miles before the next oil change interval.

OR it can be done as a preventative maintenance process without changing the oil. You can leave Sea Foam in the oil indefinitely as long as the oil is clean. The addition of a high-detergent oil like Sea Foam may cause the oil to become dirty faster than normal as buildup oil residue and contamination are cleaned. Check the oil at regular intervals and when it gets dirty, change it.

Yea, this was a big debate on my Cougar forum as well. I'm siding with there's no risk in leaving it in there.

T-BONE N BIXBY 02-08-2010 08:55 AM

So I know how to put it in the fuel tank and in the crank case, but what about the brake booster vacum line? Confused about how to perform this task.
Can someone with a pic of this particular vacum line please post up?

wolfen 02-08-2010 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s3nt3nc3d (Post 540932)
Where are you guys getting that you have to change your oil immediately?

I've been using Seafoam for a few years and I always would add it around the same time I treated the rest of my engine and run it until my oil was due for its next oil change.

Also, this comes directly off the Seafoam website:
To clean oil rings and lifters, add 1 oz. Sea Foam to each quart of oil. Sea Foam will slowly re-liquefy the old oil varnish residue that builds up on lifters and rings and prevents them from functioning normally. This process can be done as part of a pre service cleaning by adding the Sea Foam to the oil at least 30 miles before the next oil change interval.

OR it can be done as a preventative maintenance process without changing the oil. You can leave Sea Foam in the oil indefinitely as long as the oil is clean. The addition of a high-detergent oil like Sea Foam may cause the oil to become dirty faster than normal as buildup oil residue and contamination are cleaned. Check the oil at regular intervals and when it gets dirty, change it.


I got the two minutes from my dad, that's what he always did, with Sea Foam, Risolone, or marvel Mystery oil, so that's what I do, but since I read burton160w's post I'm thinking that my dad may have been wrong about leaving it in the engine, which makes me wrong about my two minutes thing.

gabeinaz 02-09-2010 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by T-BONE N BIXBY (Post 541055)
So I know how to put it in the fuel tank and in the crank case, but what about the brake booster vacum line? Confused about how to perform this task.
Can someone with a pic of this particular vacum line please post up?

Pretty hard to miss once you've done it, but I like to see pictures when I'm doing something new, too...
Did a quick search and found this...
[Application] SeaFoam

gabeinaz 02-09-2010 12:32 AM

BTW, if you just pour it gently into the vaccum line while the engine is running it will suck it in like gangbusters. Makes it easier to gauge how much you're putting in if you plan to split it with the tank.

sonofabeach 02-09-2010 09:39 PM

I did mine today at work on lunch break.
I ended putting half a can in the brake booster line. I didn't intend on it, it just sorta happened.
I split the rest between the oil and the fuel.
I let it sit about 10 minutes before cranking it and man did it smoke for a few minutes. Pretty cool!
Luckily at break I drove about a mile down the road to a big open/empty area with nothing around.
I drove it home from work (about 10 miles) and then changed the oil.
To me it seems to have more get up and runs smoother.
I'm glad I did it and it was really easy. Thanks for the idea y'all!!

silvercreek62 02-09-2010 09:56 PM

Good stuff,but 4 your money lucas is just as good and alittle cheaper,im seen it work on injectors,,,,,

sonofabeach 02-09-2010 10:26 PM

I saw it in a different Walmart today for $7.77
I bought it for $8.97 at another a few days ago.


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