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Old 03-28-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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How to Properly Use Seafoam?

I have a couple questions regarding this product. I have looked online and have not found clear answers. I want to use it in my gas tank.

1) Do you have to pump out the old gas before using Seafoam?

2) Do you have to use the whole tank of the treated gas, or can you leave it sitting overnight. (main reason I haven't done it yet, I don't want to go on a long ride)

3) How many ounces per gallon? (I have heard anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces per gallon.) I think 4 might be too much.

That's all I have for now. Thanks for the help in advance guys.
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I do it in my car once a year. I divide the bottle into thirds.

1. Gas Tank
2. Oil Pan
3. Sucked up from any vacuum hose

I let it sit for about 30mins then let the car run for about 10 mins. Works great.
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the directions are on the bottle
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Bottle directions state something like this. This is all an art. There is no perfect scientific amount. But pour 1/3 into your gas tank. 1/3 into your engine oil. And the final 1/3 suck through a vacuum line that feeds all cylinders at the same time until the engine starts to stumble but before it hydrolocks (aka when the engine starts to hesitate and you feel like you can't keep the engine going revving the throttle than have a buddy kill the engine.). Let it sit for 30 mins and crank it back up. It may take a few attempts to crank. You'll likely see whiteish smoke from your exhaust. That's good. The more smoke the dirtier the engine was. Your neighbors will think the whole city is on fire if the engine was dirty enough.

The seafoam in the gas tank shoulda been mixed with an about full tank of gas. Just drive until its time to fill up again (gas light or 1/8th tank left or whatever you like to do) and that'll be gone. As far as the engine oil it is a petroleum based products with sufficient lubricating properties that it doesn't hurt anything. I would leave that in for about 500-1000 miles and then do an oil change. It will likely clean out some extra crud from your oil.

On a bike basically the same thing but most people don't do the vacuum line thing as the vacuum lines on bikes are tiny. Id put about 1/4 in your gas tank and 1/4 in your oil and save the other half the can for the next go round.

Everyone has a great method they use and it's been discussed hundreds of times over in detail (cars and bikes).
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I do it in my car once a year. I divide the bottle into thirds.

1. Gas Tank
2. Oil Pan
3. Sucked up from any vacuum hose

I let it sit for about 30mins then let the car run for about 10 mins. Works great.
you add it once a year in your oil? how many miles then do you change your oil after using it. i remember hearing you shouldnt run more then some 400 miles before changing oil when using it. that was from car enthusiasts though.
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If the fuel in your tank is old I recommend draining it first.
After that mix the Seafoam according to the directions on the can. You have a 5 gallon tank so figure it from there.
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I just use it in the fuel to combat the ethanol
Unless you have high mileage, extended oil change intervals or use really cheap oil, most bikes won't need the crankcase cleaned like a 200K car would.
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How old is the old gas? One ounce per gallon of gas is the ratio I use. Follow the directions on the can for small engines.
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you add it once a year in your oil? how many miles then do you change your oil after using it. i remember hearing you shouldnt run more then some 400 miles before changing oil when using it. that was from car enthusiasts though.
According to seafoams website you can leave it in indefinitely without hurting the engine. I believe it's on their FAQ page but 400 miles is likely enough to clean out the sludge/gunk etc.

The real thing to consider is MOST people ride these bikes for 20k miles or so before they wind up totaled. Not much time for anything to really muck up in them. Especially with all the higher quality oils that most people put in bikes. If you used the autozone special oil and changed it at 5k mile intervals you may see some kind of gain. But most bikes won't see much.

And whoever posted 1oz per gallon I believe that's exactly what the bottle says too. MC gas tank with 4 gallons = 4oz = around 1/4 of the bottle it also says the same about in oil. 1 qt per 1 oz of seafoam.

But your biggest help with it will be in the gas tank bc of the that winds up in gas nowadays. Of course the additives in top tier gas plus the alcohol in the ethanol actually helps keep the injection system pretty clean. But again it's petroleum based and it's combustible so it won't really hurt as long as you don't put way too much in.
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I already bought the Seafoam, I just haven't used it yet. Main reason is I wasn't sure if i had to run a whole tank of the treated gas through. It's hard to find time to ride when working 70 hours a week. I will most likely do it on Sunday if the weather holds up. The gas is not old I just pumped last Sunday. I was having idling problems before, but ever since I switched to supreme gas, I haven't had any problems. Thanks to everyone for the help.
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Theres this small bottle of lucas injector cleaner i use on my truck, its good for up to like 150 gallons. I wonder if you can use this on a bike? It cleans out everything and you add it in the gas
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I already bought the Seafoam, I just haven't used it yet. Main reason is I wasn't sure if i had to run a whole tank of the treated gas through. It's hard to find time to ride when working 70 hours a week. I will most likely do it on Sunday if the weather holds up. The gas is not old I just pumped last Sunday. I was having idling problems before, but ever since I switched to supreme gas, I haven't had any problems. Thanks to everyone for the help.
Fill the tank with gas, add the Seafoam and ride when you can. Don't put more gas in the tank until you hit reserve
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I just dump some in the tank with a half of a tank couple ounces, then go fill up and when I get the tank full start the motor and let sit at idle for 10 min kill motor hook up battery tender and a month or two later they all start right back up no problem.
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I just dump some in the tank with a half of a tank couple ounces, then go fill up and when I get the tank full start the motor and let sit at idle for 10 min kill motor hook up battery tender and a month or two later they all start right back up no problem.
If you're going to let the motor run for 10 minutes you might as well go for a 10 minute ride
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