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God, I love this stuff! Restored my lost compression in half the cylinders in my old 850 (Half of 5?) and gave me some great low-end power in my S60!

But... I think I used too much. Now I have a check engine light...
Do I have to take it to the stealership to get that removed? Or can I just unplug the battery for an hour or something?

Thanks guys!
 

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I'll clear it for you this weekend.
 

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Sweet deal. I'll bring you a bag of Asher's chocolate-covered pretzels as payment, ok?
 

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ahh man my girlfriend will not be happy with me eating delicious things such as those before beach season starts!

Think of me doing it as a gift to your car
 

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Oh, you can share them with her
There'll be plenty in the bag to go between the two of you!

I could get you dark-chocolate coated ones? Dark chocolate might as well be considered health food!
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (StarmanDXE)

How did you use it?

On my '02 BMW 330i, I put 1/3 in the gas tank about 400 miles before maintenance time, 1/3 in the oil about 100 miles before maintenance time, and the remaining 1/3 into the intake via the vacuum hose to the brake booster, on maintenance day.

Depending on your methods, The Check Engine light may be from a vacuum leak (of course, since you had an intake hose disconnected), or maybe a misfire or two from having that stuff in the cylinders.

Did you get a big black smokescreen when you wound it up the first time after treatment? I sure did.

Haven't done it on the S60 yet.
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (StarmanDXE)

Did you get the check engine light inthe 850 or S60? Also did you use in your gas tank, crankcase, & intake?

I also am curious as to what hose you used to suck into intake.

Finally, you did change your oil right away after treatment, correct?
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (jstro)

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How did you use it?
I put it in the intake only. About 2/3 of the can in 2 stages. I'll probably put the rest in the crankcase. Read up on it a while ago and apparently it's fine to do and leave for extended periods of time. Although, I've got AutoRX in there at the moment. Wonder if AutoRX + Seafoam = bad(?)

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Depending on your methods, The Check Engine light may be from a vacuum leak (of course, since you had an intake hose disconnected), or maybe a misfire or two from having that stuff in the cylinders.
Well, check-engine light is gone now after driving around and a few startups. Probably was from a vacuum leak or a misfire...

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Did you get a big black smokescreen when you wound it up the first time after treatment? I sure did.

Haven't done it on the S60 yet.
Nope. All I got was lots of white smoke from both cars.

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what vacuum hose did you pour it in? any pics?
Sucked it straight into the intake. I'll take some pictures for ya'll
(It's really quite simple.)

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Did you get the check engine light inthe 850 or S60? Also did you use in your gas tank, crankcase, & intake?
Talkin' 'bout the S60. Not sure if I got one on the 850... Probably


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I also am curious as to what hose you used to suck into intake.
Pulled the hose going straight into the intake! (As mentioned above.)

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Finally, you did change your oil right away after treatment, correct?
Nope. Didn't do that. But, I did just put in some AutoRX and replaced the filter. Should probably be fine until I change the oil in another ~1,000 miles
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (StarmanDXE)

It might have blown up into the MAF for a second.
ANY code reader should be able to clear this CEL if the car's running well
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (JRL)

Long time, no see!
Comin' out to Doylestown Saturday?


Code's gone now on it's own, but maybe that was it.

BTW, Bender: LMK if you'd still like some pretzels
Or I can just bring my bag and you can try some to see if I should bring some next time
 

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Basically, all you do is:
- Pull the vacuum hose connected to the intake manifold.
- Suck the Seafoam in while it's idling. (I had another ~2 foot hose which I plugged onto the inlet there.)
- Shut the engine off and let it sit for a bit (~20 minutes?).
- Drive around in 1st gear until your tailpipe stops smoking!

Just, make sure you don't kill your engine by having the vacuum tube unhooked. If it feels like it's going to die, stick your thumb over the end of the tube.

Also, this car smoked a lot more than my 850 did while I was doing the initial sucking-in. Perhaps because I didn't go straight into the intake with my 850? Anyway: good ventilation is key!

I take no responsibility for anything anyone does to their own cars, but mine is running just fine still. (Arguably better!)

 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (StarmanDXE)

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Long time, no see!
Comin' out to Doylestown Saturday?


Code's gone now on it's own, but maybe that was it.

BTW, Bender: LMK if you'd still like some pretzels
Or I can just bring my bag and you can try some to see if I should bring some next time

Doylestown?

I'm delivering an S4 on Sat
 

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Quote, originally posted by StarmanDXE »
Basically, all you do is:
- Pull the vacuum hose connected to the intake manifold.
- Suck the Seafoam in while it's idling. (I had another ~2 foot hose which I plugged onto the inlet there.)
- Shut the engine off and let it sit for a bit (~20 minutes?).
- Drive around in 1st gear until your tailpipe stops smoking!

NO
This is NOT how to do it.

You put 1/3 can into a vacuum line as was said, you put 1/3 into the oil fill and 1/3 into the tank.
You run the car, you do NOT drive it around, (it's a smoke bomb) for 20 minutes or so, or when the smoke CLEARS, THEN drive it for 50 miles and change the oil.
 

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OK, I am shocked. I have heard of seafoam mentioned, but I always dismissed it as something akin to "Marvel Mystery Oil" and that's it.

So this stuff actually works? hmmm.

Maybe I'll give this a shot myself, I know the T5 will appreciate it. I been promising her some love!

Maybe the Wrangler would benefit form a treatment too.
 

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Re: Found my low-end power! (JRL)

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Doylestown?

I'm delivering an S4 on Sat
Bring it by (and let me take it for a ride!
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NO
This is NOT how to do it.

You put 1/3 can into a vacuum line as was said, you put 1/3 into the oil fill and 1/3 into the tank.
You run the car, you do NOT drive it around, (it's a smoke bomb) for 20 minutes or so, or when the smoke CLEARS, THEN drive it for 50 miles and change the oil.
Hmm. What difference does it make if I put it in the fuel and/or the oil as well as the intake? How much difference can putting it in the fuel (without using a whole can) make, anyway?

And why not drive it around? Helps the smoke air out


I did 2/3 in the intake and 1/3 in the fuel with my 850 and it helped that thing out soooo much. I think how you distribute your Seafoam throughout your car is more of a personal opinion matter... And what's the logic behind the 50 miles thing?

Quote, originally posted by Rezin S60T5 »
OK, I am shocked. I have heard of seafoam mentioned, but I always dismissed it as something akin to "Marvel Mystery Oil" and that's it.

So this stuff actually works? hmmm.

Maybe I'll give this a shot myself, I know the T5 will appreciate it. I been promising her some love!
Yeah, it's great stuff. I did compression tests before-and-after Seafoaming on my 850 and the evidence was quite conclusive!
 

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Oh yeah: NAPA sells Seafoam at $5.50 a can! At those prices, instead of 1/3 in each of intake/gas/crankcase, I'd probably recommend 1/3 in the crankcase, 1/3 times 2 in the intake, and a full can for the gas!
 

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You could drive it but that's just obnoxious, having a car that seems like the (ex)terminator
driving down the street, otherwise, why not do the rest?

It seems to work its best by adding 1/3 in each of the areas. You did the hard part (with the vacuum tree), adding 1/3 into the crankcase and the tank takes all of 30 more seconds (or less)!
 

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Well, the major smoking was done by the time I pulled out of my driveway. Then I just drove around the neighborhood. And I will admit: I did feel like kind of an ass when I drove by two women standing outside talking! (But the major smoking was done by then.
) It was much better when I did it at night and drove around


Yeah. Crankcase and gas tank are super easy to do. But, you know what they say about things that are easy...
I just feel like the vacuum tree gives the best bang-for-the-buck. And I can't see how 5 oz of this stuff being put into ~2600 oz of gasoline can make much of a difference. (Which is why I plan to use 16 oz!
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As far as the 50 miles thing goes, I assume this is for the crankcase? I had checked around and someone asked the Seafoam makers about leaving it in the engine and they said it was fine to leave it in there for extended periods of time.

But... Now I am reading people saying that Seafoam apparently cleans your engine so well that it turned a guy's oil unexpectedly black. Also others saying that it thins the oil too much and could create problems. 50 miles might even be too much when we're talking about the oil :-/
 
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