For all you Seafoam fans (including me)

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For all you Seafoam fans (including me)

Post by rebelrider » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:35 pm

The guy from Project Farm has been running Seafoam and some stuff called Lucas in his truck engine. He's just posted a video of the results:

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Post by stagewex » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:00 pm

Boy, that guy has really drank the Kool-Aide, or should I say Seafoam?
I do use Seafoam and like it a lot. But I've never added it to my oil. Only in the fuel tanks on the bikes during the Winter. That way when there's a bike I don't ride that much at least I know I have additive in there to stabilize. I've used "Stabil" too over the years. It's OK.

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Post by Snakeoil » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:34 pm

I think that for his situation, the Seafoam, which is basically a solvent, helped clean up the galleries, probably the pump and most importantly the lifters. I would not run it all the time. But as a first try at an engine with the symptoms his displayed, I'd give it a shot.
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Post by sKiZo » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:06 pm

Seafoam in the oil is a good thing for what I call a "shock treatment" for the first time you treat an older car. Pour a can in the oil and burn a tank of gas, then change the oil. Engine should be squeeky clean by then.

Unlike anyone following you, who are probably choking in your smog and ready to kill. A bunch of the carbon ends up in the oil, and the rest goes out the pipe. Depending on how gummed up the motor was, that can be a LOT. I had one that probably came close to triggering the next Ice Age ...

That said, my Royal Star in particular loved the stuff. Biggest problem with those is carboned and seized rings, and the SeaFoam prevented that from happening. My Aurora Northstar is the same way.

PS - once you've done the "shock treatment", an ounce in a full tank on a bike is about right. I keep a can of the stuff right on a bench next to where I park the bike so it's handy.
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Post by RC20 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:33 pm

skizop:

You might try a Delo 400 15W 40 or the equal in Shell, Mobile.

Huge issue with diesel at one time and by accident one mfg found out that the multi weight sealed rings vastly better than straight (much to our shock). We had one of their engines and it was eating oil and we switched to the 15W 40 (Delo). Damned if it did not stop.

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Post by rebelrider » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:17 am

It's been a while since I've seen the video, but I'm sure I read somewhere that seafoam can be used in oil, although you gotta keep in mind it will reduce the viscosity. Also, he did it in his old farm truck which I don't think sees much road use. I really enjoy Project Farm's weird experiments. Especially the comparisons he does between products.
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Post by chaos2 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:21 am

I’ve never use this stuff. All my engines run fine, what am I doing wrong?
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Post by RC20 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:40 am

You are not on the far edge of Voodo Science !

A good place to let others with lot of money and or fewer brains play in.

Ever see that thing where they run the engine without oil? What it is, Chlorine based oil. Yep, you can run a long time (in the meantime the chlorine is corroding your shell bearings)

US Army6 Air Corp for good reasons played with it in WWII , I think engine destruction occurred around 50 hours. Maybe 150.
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Re: For all you Seafoam fans (including me)

Post by windmill » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:44 am

chaos2 wrote:
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I’ve never use this stuff. All my engines run fine, what am I doing wrong?
Additives like Seafoam, and MMM don't really serve a purpose in an engine that's in good condition. On a high mileage engine it will help prevent deposit buildup on the pistons, cylinders, and valves when added to the fuel. It can also do a good job of keeping the crankcase clean when used in the oil for a short time before changing it. For power equipment that sits unused for long periods of time, it can keep rings and valves from sticking.

They can be useful for some things, but they're far from what some claim they are.

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Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:18 pm

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Post by sKiZo » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:11 pm

That was an old Ford 351 that had been sorely neglected over time. Picked it up as a winter beater, and saw a golden opportunity to have a bit of fun when they decided to rip up the road I took to work. No way around that, bumper to bumper ... you get the picture.

Bumper to bumper everywhere except for a couple car lengths behind me - people tended to stay back a ways while all that carbon in the system made it's way out the exhaust.

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