Maybe you’ve heard of this product called Seafoam, or maybe your friends are raving about it, but what is it anyway? Well first off, it’s actually not just one product but a line of products. The crew at Sea foam puts out a few quality products that have been used for over 70 years. The most well known is probably the motor treatment. If you’ve heard about these products through the grapevine it’s likely the chatter has been about the motor treatment.
So what does Seafoam do for your car?
I’ll focus mostly on the motor treatment here since that’s the most common and well known product they make. When used properly what it can do for your car is quiet noisy lifters, smooth out a rough idles, remove fuel deposits, and clean up oil residue inside the engine. All of these things will make your car run smoother and more efficiently. The great thing about this product is that it does not harm any of your car’s components such as gaskets, seals, or the catalytic converter which are all expensive things to have replaced if you bugger them up.
Basically what the product is doing is cleaning your fuel and oil systems. Sea foam will liquify gum and varnish that are built up inside your fuel system and engine. This is what helps to smooth out your idle and can even restore some power. The product can also be used to clean dirt fuel injectors, carburetors, and throttle bodies. You don’t have to use this just in your car either. You could use it in motorcycles, ATV’s, lawn mowers, and much more. The nice thing is that it will also stabilize the fuel for up to 2 years so when used in those small engines that you don’t run all the time it can help preserve that expensive gasoline.
How do you use Sea foam?
This section could be an entire article on it’s own as mechanics (both professional and the backyard variety) have used Seafoam a variety of ways over the past 70 years. There are a couple of basic ways to use the motor treatment however. The first and easiest method is to simply add it to a full tank of gas and this will run it through your fuel system and engine breaking up the gum and varnish we mentioned before. You’ll want to add about 1oz of the motor treatment for each gallon of fuel in your tank.
Another way to use the product is to add it to your engine oil. This will help to quiet noisy lifters and other valve train components. Add 1.5oz to each quart of oil that your engine holds. I’ve used this stuff in my oil and in my gas tank with good results. I noticed the idle smooth out some and also noticed my noisy lifter quiet down a bit. I’ve got a Jeep 4.0 engine with over 200,000 miles on it so I was impressed that this stuff was able to help at all.
There is also a third common way to use this product which is a bit more technical. I won’t get into the specifics here simply because I want to keep things basic and easy to understand. What I will tell you however is this method works wonders for your car’s engine, especially if you’ve got some mileage on it. What you do is basically dump the Sea foam motor treatment directly into your engine. This is done through the carburetor or throttle body. They make another product called Sea Foam Spray which is very similar to the motor treatment but in a convenient spray can so you can spray it directly into your throttle body. WARNING – this method will produce some serious white smoke which might piss off your neighbors! For a quick guide to this product and how to use it check out the video below.
There you have it folks, a quick guide to Sea Foam – what it does and how to use it. If you remember I mentioned at the top of this article that they make a few different products. They also have a trans tune which as you might have guessed is used for your transmission. It can also be used in power steering systems. They have a product called deep creep which is a highly effective penetrating lubricant which can help break away some stubborn nuts and bolts. Lastly, they have a spray called Bugs B Gone which is a great cleaner that’s especially effective at getting rid of the bugs guts splattered on the front of your vehicle. For more info check out there website or click the product links below to see reviews and buy your Sea Foam!