Monday, August 27, 2012

Sea Foam

Rick reports that he has never heard of Sea Foam before, so with no other comments on the post from yesterday, I will concentrate on what Sea Foam is.  And no it doesn't come from the sea, and it isn't foamy..

At one time I think they used to put some green dye in it to make it seem like a green liquid resembling the froth from the sea, but the folks that control the colors of fuels and related taxes told them they had to stop with the colors.

Sea Foam is an automotive additive that is used to clean varnish deposits from inside your engine components. Inside the fuel system like your carburetor or fuel injectors, and inside the engine itself as in the upper cylinders and valves.

Also it can be added to your oil and will circulate in your oil passages and your hydraulic lifters to clean oil varnishes off of the components of the engine.

To use it in the fuel it needs to be added in a ratio of one ounce to one gallon of fuel.  To use it in the oil system it should be added to the engine oil at the end of the life of the oil as a flush and then operated for about a hundred miles and drained.

They also say it can be put into the new oil as well, but I would want to watch carefully its effect on the new oil as it will continue to clean deposits and suspend them in the new oil.  This would shorten the life of that new oil and your filter.... of course trading off the results of a cleaner engine in the process.

Also they sell this stuff in a spray form that can be sprayed into the intake of a running engine until about 2/3 of the can is ingested.  Then shut the engine off and let it stand for 10 minutes to do its magic.  Upon restarting the exhaust will blow copious amounts of junk out the tail pipe..  In my mind this wouldn't be too good for your catalytic converter, as it would tend to catch the soot and clog things..

It can also be added to the fuel of a diesel engine, but not ingested as the compression ratio of the diesel is too high and it might cause hydraulic lock.  It could be added to the oil of a diesel as well.

Sea Foam has a nice web site that explains all of this and please follow their instructions and not my suggestions because I am not an expert on these things...     Web Site

What is sea foam?  I researched this and found that they explain that it is a mixture of Pale Oil, Naptha, and IsoPropyl Alchol.  What is pale oil?  I don't know but one fellow was experimenting making some home brew of this stuff and has a web site.  This is an interesting read.....  Again, engines are a heck of a lot more expensive than saving 10 bucks on a pint of Sea Foam, so use this as an information site to understand what the product does, but don't blow up your garage, and or your engine on my account.....!

It rained here off and on all day, so we were mostly home bound, not leaving for boat rides or scooter rides...  So we decided to stay again overnight tonight...

We have a neighbor that races his boat engines, as he has two in the big boat three doors down...  Varoom, Varoooom, VAROOOOOOM!!!!  He does this constantly starting in the morning and then all day... Last night at 10:30 varoom as well....

This afternoon at about three PM he raced it one last time and headed back to where ever home is...........  The rest of the neighbors all breathed a large SIGH OF RELIEF!!!  See Ya,  dip chit!!!

Retired Rod

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great explanation on Sea Foam and what it's used for. It sounds like something a person with my limited knowledge of engines should stay far away from. I can already see nuts and bolts flying out the exhaust pipe after me using it.

    Maybe you should head over to Mr. Vroom, Vroom and pour a gallon of Sea Foam into his engines and see what happens next time he fires it up.


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