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How to Seafoam your engine the right way. Complete DIY

Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:07 am

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Postby MellowZ32 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:51 am

great write-up Greg. thanks for clarifying some of the misconceptions I had about seafoaming. :bigthumb:

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Postby Hussain » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:06 am

when should someone start thinking about using seafoam (around how many miles)? is 40k miles too soon?
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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:08 am

Nope - That's perfect. Keep it clean in the first place, and you won't have issues down the line.

Also, I've found that using Chevron gas (Techron) seems to keep everything a LOT cleaner.
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Postby Zero2Endless » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:19 am

Sweeeet.

I remember sea-foaming my GTI LoL. Good times.

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Postby Ellison@FCPImport » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:19 am

Seafoamed my G35 when I first bought at 68k. Definitely worth it. Nice write up.
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Postby MellowZ32 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:32 am

AZhitman wrote:Also, I've found that using Chevron gas (Techron) seems to keep everything a LOT cleaner.

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Postby Kompresshun » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:04 am

Thanks for this Greg! I always had a general idea of how to do it but I never really had a good detailed write up like this to go by, I need to do this to both of the cars soon. I used to do it about every 15,000-20,000 miles in my old Ranger and it really made quite a difference.
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Postby Loki » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:14 am

Someone who has seafoam'd their S13 want to post up a pic of the proper place to use from the brake booster line? It's been quite a few years since I've done it to a 240.
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Postby breadbox » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:29 am

I think I will do this right before next oil change.

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Postby dre1507 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:38 am

my rsx-s has 142xxx miles. i was thinking of doing this, but my oil is super clean right now. should i wait until it's time for an oil change, or just do it and spend the little it costs to change oil? or does doing it with clean oil mean i won't have to change my oil as soon?
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Postby Dattebayo » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:51 am

I seriously thought this was gonna be a joke about someone driving their car into the ocean...
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Postby eds13 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:12 pm

thats because your retarded :biggrin:
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Postby krash » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:14 pm

AZhitman wrote:Buy Seafoam Here!


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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:30 pm

Actually, it's an affiliate link to Amazon.com for a few places where you can buy Seafoam at a fat discount, and I think NICO makes like $ .03 on each can.

So, shut up and go order some Seafoam. ;)
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Postby Urabus GodofTraction » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:14 pm

AZhitman wrote:Actually, it's an affiliate link to Amazon.com for a few places where you can buy Seafoam at a fat discount, and I think NICO makes like $ .03 on each can.

So, shut up and go order some Seafoam. ;)


Ahh, suspicions confirmed. Clever man, and I appreciate your candor.

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Postby Mr1der » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:43 pm

takes too long. I'm gonna drive in a creek instead.
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Postby krash » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:05 pm

AZhitman wrote:So, shut up and go order some Seafoam. ;)


Will the seafoam help me shut up? Actually, I'm going to do this now Greg. I've been reading a lot of misconceptions and stuff. Glad you cleared it up. The vert needs some revival :rotfl
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Postby Chaotic_Warlord » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:46 pm

This might sound like a stupid question, but would this lead to old tired gaskets and seals to start leaking since it will essentially clean the gunk and build up that is possibly holding them together?

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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:02 pm

charlieo wrote:Ahh, suspicions confirmed. Clever man, and I appreciate your candor.

"Sipping" regular water via vacuum line leads to good results too. Buy water here!


Nicely done. :dblthumb:

No water here - I'd prefer something that, if accidentally over-ingested, won't hydrolock the engine.

Although, I did the water thing (in a pressure sprayer) on a LOT of carb'ed cars back in the day.
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AZhitman wrote:
charlieo wrote:Ahh, suspicions confirmed. Clever man, and I appreciate your candor.

"Sipping" regular water via vacuum line leads to good results too. Buy water here!


Nicely done. :dblthumb:

No water here - I'd prefer something that, if accidentally over-ingested, won't hydrolock the engine.

Although, I did the water thing (in a pressure sprayer) on a LOT of carb'ed cars back in the day.


You're kidding, right, amigo? I'm SURE you could hydrolock an engine with seafoam...
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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:10 pm

COULD, but less likely. It's a petroleum product and supports combustion.
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Postby Noxy » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:38 pm

Great write-up! My friend taught me how to use seafoam, but I always take all his advice about my car with a grain of salt... Thanks for clearing it up!
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Postby Empty V » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:36 am

Here's a video of the byproduct from Seafoaming my '01 QX4. This was from last sumer.

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Postby Urabus GodofTraction » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:51 pm

AZhitman wrote:COULD, but less likely. It's a petroleum product and supports combustion.


It's still a liquid! Even gas, without atomization of some sort, could hydro lock an engine. I bet the amount required to hydro lock an engine would be pretty similar between water, Seafoam, and gas.

I do like Seafoam, though. Some sloshing around in the Land Cruisers tank as we speak.
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Postby s0m3th1ngAZ » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:08 pm

AZhitman wrote:COULD, but less likely. It's a petroleum product and supports combustion.

Yeah...had a buddy who bent a rod in his corolla using too much seafoam.
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Postby troskinatior » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:27 pm

I dont get the "sipping" thing. Are you squeezeing the can of seafoam with the hose in it?
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Postby AZhitman » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:29 pm

No. You're dipping the hose into the liquid and pulling it back out. Like sipping a soda through a straw, small sips.

There will be vacuum at the hose - You want it to pick up some Seafoam with the air.
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Postby troskinatior » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:33 pm

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Postby PoorManQ45 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Some of the Tribologists over at BITOG seem to think that Seafoam can break down the oil to a dangerous point. As in possible engine damage.

AutoRx carries a higher recommendation. It's a bit more expensive, but testing seems to show AutoRx removing deposits that were left after the recommended Seafoam treatment.
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