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New to Seafoam.

So I recently purchased my first can of Seafoam. :D I know there were some videos where you can add I believe a whole can into a full gas tank, a whole tank into the oil and or through the vacuum line. I have a 2001 Base Model.
I also wanna fix this really low idle. I was thinking the seafoam would also help maintain the idle and clean whatever may be causing the low idling. I already tried adjusting the idle screw, it still didn't, unless I did it wrong. :P
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I'll probably will be adding to the oil, but not now because I recently did an oil change. People who are experienced with this, can you help me on adding Seafoam the proper way without damaging the car? Could you help me locate this vacuum line as well? Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Re: New to Seafoam.

hey i had the same problem with low idling, sometimes when i had the ac on and press on the gas n let it go my idle would be so low the car would turn off, i bought 2 seafoams, i put one full on the gas tank, then i used the other one half on the pcv valve and half on the oil, it worked like a champ, eveythin feels alot smother now, for the idling it wasnt turning off anymore, but still had a low idle so i had to adjust the idle screw, my lude runs like new! :D heres where i added the second can of seafoam:



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hey i had the same problem with low idling, sometimes when i had the ac on and press on the gas n let it go my idle would be so low the car would turn off, i bought 2 seafoams, i put one full on the gas tank, then i used the other one half on the pcv valve and half on the oil, it worked like a champ, eveythin feels alot smother now, for the idling it wasnt turning off anymore, but still had a low idle so i had to adjust the idle screw, my lude runs like new! :D heres where i added the second can of seafoam:



hope this helps :)
This was very helpful. I put in about 1/3 of seafoam into my tank because I'm very low on gas, but once I go fill up in a little I will put in the rest in the tank. Whenever you add to the pcv valve, will this cause a lot of smoke to expel from the exhaust?
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This was very helpful. I put in about 1/3 of seafoam into my tank because I'm very low on gas, but once I go fill up in a little I will put in the rest in the tank. Whenever you add to the pcv valve, will this cause a lot of smoke to expel from the exhaust?
yes! a lot the worst thing that happened to me bcause i did it right after puting gas in at the gas station, so when i turned it on i had to accelerate and iddle it, it filled the whole gas station with white smoke, ppl looking at me crazy!! lol but oh well it was worth it, n it was fun just put it in and and start the car, press the gas a few times, n let it run for a lil bit; if u are gon put it in the oil just check ur oil regularly, u dont have to change it inmediatly but keep an eye on it, if it becomes too dirty change it
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yes! a lot the worst thing that happened to me bcause i did it right after puting gas in at the gas station, so when i turned it on i had to accelerate and iddle it, it filled the whole gas station with white smoke, ppl looking at me crazy!! lol but oh well it was worth it, n it was fun just put it in and and start the car, press the gas a few times, n let it run for a lil bit; if u are gon put it in the oil just check ur oil regularly, u dont have to change it inmediatly but keep an eye on it, if it becomes too dirty change it
Haha! Alright. Well I want to save myself the embarrassment, so could I just fill up and then add the seafoam to the tank when I get home? And how long does the smoke last? I don't want it creating smoke on that full tank all the time.
As for the oil, I'll just add to the oil within 100-200 miles before the oil is "due" for changing, and then I will change it myself.
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Haha! Alright. Well I want to save myself the embarrassment, so could I just fill up and then add the seafoam to the tank when I get home? And how long does the smoke last? I don't want it creating smoke on that full tank all the time.
As for the oil, I'll just add to the oil within 100-200 miles before the oil is "due" for changing, and then I will change it myself.
lol that would be good, it last for about 15 mins, really depends how much u put in... if ur just doing the gas tank, no white smoke will come out, at least not for me, it only started coming out when i pured it in the pcv and the oil, like i said with half and half it lasted from about 15-20 mins, i waited about 10 mins and drove around the block for another 10 mins, after dat there shouldnt be anythin else coming out.
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lol that would be good, it last for about 15 mins, really depends how much u put in... if ur just doing the gas tank, no white smoke will come out, at least not for me, it only started coming out when i pured it in the pcv and the oil, like i said with half and half it lasted from about 15-20 mins, i waited about 10 mins and drove around the block for another 10 mins, after dat there shouldnt be anythin else coming out.
Okay, sounds good! I'll have to add it to the pcv and oil later on. But I will keep that in mind. Thanks for the help.
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Re: New to Seafoam.

I wouldn't put it in my oil and drive around. I would run it about 10 minutes and then change the oil.
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I wouldn't put it in my oil and drive around. I would run it about 10 minutes and then change the oil.
I know. Sorry I didn't properly explain. Before my oil is "due" I'll only drive for a very short time and change the oil, that way I won't be driving around with dirty oil. :)
Also, regarding the sparkplugs, does the seafoam leave some sort of residue on the iridium tips? If so, could I clean them, or suggest getting new plugs? I recently got these plugs about 2-4 thousand miles ago.
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I know. Sorry I didn't properly explain. Before my oil is "due" I'll only drive for a very short time and change the oil, that way I won't be driving around with dirty oil. :)
Also, regarding the sparkplugs, does the seafoam leave some sort of residue on the iridium tips? If so, could I clean them, or suggest getting new plugs? I recently got these plugs about 2-4 thousand miles ago.
Unless you're burning a lot of oil or throwing TNT into the combustion chambers, those plugs should last your Prelude the rest of it's life. No, it shouldn't leave a residue. It hasn't on mine.

As far as driving with the seafoam in the oil, I wouldn't any more than just down the street. It breaks down and thins the oil to a degree, and I doubt that your oil will have the same lubrication properties with the seafoam added. As far as "cleaning" your oil, it does quite the opposite. It breaks down sluge and carbon deposits, which leaves them floating around in your oil pan. Long story short, you want to change your oil VERY shortly after adding it... like same couple hours.
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Unless you're burning a lot of oil or throwing TNT into the combustion chambers, those plugs should last your Prelude the rest of it's life. No, it shouldn't leave a residue. It hasn't on mine.

As far as driving with the seafoam in the oil, I wouldn't any more than just down the street. It breaks down and thins the oil to a degree, and I doubt that your oil will have the same lubrication properties with the seafoam added. As far as "cleaning" your oil, it does quite the opposite. It breaks down sluge and carbon deposits, which leaves them floating around in your oil pan. Long story short, you want to change your oil VERY shortly after adding it... like same couple hours.
Okay, I will keep that in mind. Thanks!
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Re: New to Seafoam.

i use the brake booster hose..but this vid is from the SEAFOAM site..
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Re: New to Seafoam.

i wouldnt drive more than 10 miles with the sea foam in the oil.

you also gotta change it 2000 miles or so after the initial ~10 mile change

it does work tho.
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Re: New to Seafoam.

^^^ what he said. and its best to change the oil when its still hot, the hot oil helps keep the carbon to clump up and it will flow out much easier hot rather than cold.
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Re: New to Seafoam.

take the hose that goes from brake booster to the intake manifold off of brake booster and let someone keep the foot on the gas at around 3k rpm and pour the seafoam into that vacuum hose slowly.let the car sit for about 40min. after 40min smash the heck out of your car ,about 3-4 redline runs to clear all the gunk out.as far as low idling goes, check your compression.i used to have low idling in my prelude when i was new to car stuff,after a year of suffering with low idle i found out i had wrapped head and the compression was leaking out of everywhere and casued low idle.look into that
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Re: New to Seafoam.

Why is it everyone still believes that something out of a can will fix all their problems?

ugh...

Anyway, for those of you who do not know...Do Not touch your idle screw! This is the minimum idle air set screw and is adjusted from factory.

Your idle problem is being caused by something else, unless you have screwed with the idle screw previously.


Messing with that screw will not fix the actual problem, just the symptom.
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Why is it everyone still believes that something out of a can will fix all their problems?

ugh...

Anyway, for those of you who do not know...Do Not touch your idle screw! This is the minimum idle air set screw and is adjusted from factory.

Your idle problem is being caused by something else, unless you have screwed with the idle screw previously.


Messing with that screw will not fix the actual problem, just the symptom.
The only time Seafoam has ever fixed a problem for me was a hard start condition in my sister's 91 Accord back in like '05 and it had 190k miles.
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Re: New to Seafoam.

the first time i used seafoam was on my lude and ill never buy a car without using seafoam first and an oil change
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