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ALombardi 04-02-2011 09:26 AM

How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
This is a How To for Sea Foam your car. There are a couple ways of doing this, and this thread will outline the way that I personally did mine.

I have a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.7 V6.


*** Warning: Dirty Engine Bay with Misc. wires everywhere. Oh yeah, and I say a few "bad" words*** :D

Sea Foam is something you pump through your vehicle to clean out Carbon build up. It makes the car run cleaner, as well as slightly (very, very slightly) has the ability to improve gas mileage. Don’t expect a 2mpg increase by doing it. Either way, it’s just something good to do for your vehicle. It takes about 30 minutes, and it costs about $11 after taxes (unless you find the product on sale!)

I bought mine from Advance Auto Parts and it’s currently on sale for $6.99.

If you want you can check it out directly from the manufacturer.

It’s also good to have a funnel unless you have dead-aim pouring skills. The smaller the bottom of the funnel, the better.

The rule is generally, 1/3. You put 1/3 of a can in your Brake Vacuum Line (also called a Brake Booster Line). 1/3 into your gas tank and 1/3 into your oil reservoir.


*** Please note, you are supposed to get an oil change from about 30-300 miles AFTER doing the treatment. So it’s suggested you do the Sea Foam shortly before you plan on servicing your vehicle!


First off. You need to warm up your car! If you just came back from some errands or work, perfect! The best time to do it. If not, turn the car on and let it run for about 5-10 minutes.

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I started off by pouring mine into the gas tank and then into the oil reservoir. The reasoning behind this was if I am required to RUN the vehicle while pouring it into the brake vacuum line, then by pouring into the gas and oil first I can potentially start it moving through the workings of the vehicle.

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After the gas tank, came the oil reservoir.

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Now comes time for the Brake Vacuum Line or the Brake Booster Line. I had removed mine prior to pouring it into the gas tank and oil. Doesn’t matter really WHEN you do it. the car will be off until this point anyway.

On the 3.7’s the BVL is located parallel to the firewall of the vehicle. My personal line has a big red 3.7 near the rear of the Throttle Body. You will want to remove the OTHER END of the line so it is still connected to the Throttle Body end. If you look closely enough, chances are your line will say “Brake Vacuum” directly on it! I originally didn’t even bother looking and had to ask for some help and once Moe showed me which line it was I realized had I just looked at it. Would’ve made it easier.

** Props to Moe (GR33N D3M0N) for helping me find the correct line!

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I found that twisting the line made it easier to pull off. Trying to just pull it off made it act like a Chinese Finger Trap and it just seems to get tighter around the end it’s connected to.

Once it is off, it’s time to start the vehicle!

There will be a suction noise coming from the vacuum line. You have to use the funnel (or those good skills) talked about earlier here.

Time for the final 1/3 of the can.

** POUR SLOWLY **

The vacuum line will do just that and suck it up. However, if you pour too much it will stall the car and you will have to keep turning it back on to continue. I luckily did not stall mine however I came close a few times.

Once the final 1/3 has been poured in, turn off the car. Reattach the vacuum line and play the waiting game.

Generally, 20 minutes is what is recommended you wait.

Go make a sandwich, have a snack, or do a photoshoot with your vehicle?

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Alright, it’s been the 20 minutes. Time to start the engine! In some cases, people’s car won’t start the first time. Keep trying. Once it’s on, you’ll want to rev your engine a little bit. This will move the Sea Foam through the system more. Sometimes almost instantly you’ll start seeing smoke. Now from my gathering, the more smoke, the more carbon build-up in the vehicle. I didn’t have a whole lot. I’m right around 60K miles.


Below is a video I threw together of the whole process, start to finish. Check it out!





Thanks for reading this How To. Hopefully it’s something you will consider doing yourself in the future. It was a quick, easy, and cheap treatment.

GR33N D3M0N 04-02-2011 09:33 AM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
nice write up! Glad to help. When I did mine, i got the same amount of smoke

ALombardi 04-02-2011 10:12 AM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Yeah it wasn't a whole lot. But for 6.99 I can't complain. Cheap and a little cleaner inside. hah

moosehead 04-02-2011 10:29 AM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
it's like an automotive enema.

and you sir, are a pic hore! nice rig.

blackpepper 04-02-2011 12:13 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
:thumbsup:

Chaoul1 04-02-2011 12:21 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Just bought 2 Cans of SeaFoam today for $6.99! Thanks for the Video Anthony!!

mopar01bk 04-02-2011 05:09 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
I SeaFoam my Jeep today wow it works really well enough that someone driving by actually called FDNY 2 fire trucks they thought my truck was on fire, the fire department got a good laugh out of the situation now there considering to do it on there cars and trucks.

ALombardi 04-02-2011 05:13 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moosehead (Post 387952)
it's like an automotive enema.

and you sir, are a pic hore! nice rig.

Haha... yeahhhh. With my new DSLR, it's going to be a sickness.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Chaoul1 (Post 387986)
Just bought 2 Cans of SeaFoam today for $6.99! Thanks for the Video Anthony!!


No problem brother.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mopar01bk (Post 388098)
I SeaFoam my Jeep today wow it works really well enough that someone driving by actually called FDNY 2 fire trucks they thought my truck was on fire, the fire department got a good laugh out of the situation now there considering to do it on there cars and trucks.

^^ :thumbsup: Awesome

Knightrider03m 04-02-2011 07:07 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Nice video, but you had to put a whole can of seafoam in your tank and a half can of that stuff in your oil.

I just did that to my Camaro. That vac line was a bitch in a half to get off and twisting it was the fastest way that I did mine. My car didn't smoke to much. I was kind of sad that it didn't fill up my whole yard with smoke LOL. When my Jeep hits 30K (for my spark plugs) I'm going to do the whole seafoam treatment on that. Its much easier than what I thought.

ChrisWk 04-02-2011 07:26 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Great video I did my dads ford explorer sport trac with 102k on it and it smoked about as much as your jeep. We use mobile one from day one.

Knightrider03m 04-02-2011 08:29 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisWk (Post 388147)
Great video I did my dads ford explorer sport trac with 102k on it and it smoked about as much as your jeep. We use mobile one from day one.

That was what I was thinking on why mines didn't smoke that much. I know mine had Mobil One from the factory and never changed to another oil.

maxst2 04-02-2011 10:43 PM

Re: How To: Sea Foam Automotive Treatment
 
Here's my 4.7L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DuzNPS0knk


Please excuse my indian buddy... he was abit shocked!


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