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Old 01-15-2014, 12:08 AM
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For every ten threads I read about seafoam that praise it, it seems there are ten more that say it caused a problem in their truck.

My question is, if directions are followed correctly, is there a risk of causing a problem? If not, why then so many horror stories??

My truck is running good, but am about to do a full tune up and read its best to seafoam first. Is it worth it?
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I don't like and don't use it. If you feel the need to de-carbonize your motor take it out on the hwy and run it hard. Make it go into passing gear a few times and most of the carbon will get blown out the tail pipe.

I was introduced to Seafoam when I was first starting in the marine field (20 years ago), caused a lot of headaches for customers and myself.

As per you will get many say its a great product.
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For every ten threads I read about seafoam that praise it, it seems there are ten more that say it caused a problem in their truck.

My question is, if directions are followed correctly, is there a risk of causing a problem? If not, why then so many horror stories??

My truck is running good, but am about to do a full tune up and read its best to seafoam first. Is it worth it?

The term "doing a tune up" is a misnomer on this vehicle. All you're really getting ready to do is replace certain parts of the ignition system.

If your truck is running fine, then why bother using Seafoam? The most important aspect of keeping a vehicle in peak operating condition is performing regular maintenance which includes fluid and filter changes.
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The term "doing a tune up" is a misnomer on this vehicle. All you're really getting ready to do is replace certain parts of the ignition system.

If your truck is running fine, then why bother using Seafoam? The most important aspect of keeping a vehicle in peak operating condition is performing regular maintenance which includes fluid and filter changes.
How does doing a "tune up" on a 2nd Gen Ram different from doing a "tune up" on any other car/truck on the planet?
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:41 PM
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The term "doing a tune up" is a misnomer on this vehicle. All you're really getting ready to do is replace certain parts of the ignition system.

If your truck is running fine, then why bother using Seafoam? The most important aspect of keeping a vehicle in peak operating condition is performing regular maintenance which includes fluid and filter changes.
Well Gary I'm sorry my use of the term "tune up" aggravated you. From this point forward, I will not take any shortcuts and describe every last detail. Such as, no longer will I be doing yard work-it has now become cutting the grass, bagging the grass, weed wacking, hedge trimming, edging, raking leaves, tarping leaves, movement of leaves from point of pile to final location for nature to take its course. Because I have nothing better to do than ensure my thread is properly dictated to your satisfaction.

But thank you for being such a positive contributor to this thread by not even answering the original question posed, but having the time and effort to "correct" me.

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I don't like and don't use it. If you feel the need to de-carbonize your motor take it out on the hwy and run it hard. Make it go into passing gear a few times and most of the carbon will get blown out the tail pipe.

I was introduced to Seafoam when I was first starting in the marine field (20 years ago), caused a lot of headaches for customers and myself.

As per you will get many say its a great product.
Thanks bud-

Pretty much what my mechanic said. Just wanted to hear it from a few others.
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Tried it on my Mustang once, didn't really notice a difference.
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I've always wanted to try it, but I think I'll pass. I've also read that using a high detergent oil and changing it like every 1500 miles for a year has the same effect as using seafoam. Thats the route I would take if I suspected my motor was gunked up.
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How does doing a "tune up" on a 2nd Gen Ram different from doing a "tune up" on any other car/truck on the planet?

The term "tune up" started to lose its true definition since ODB I systems. OBD II pretty much made it obsolete. Auto manufacturers worked for years to eliminate the need of a true tune up (regapping the plugs, adjusting the valves, cleaning and adjusting the points, adjusting the carburetor). The HEI Ignition system was the stepping stone to 100,000 mile spark plug replacements. Hydraulic valves, fuel injection, and the like have rendered "tune ups" obsolete (much like the 3,000 mile oil change).

Dealerships count on people's ignorance along with the need to generate revenue, hence their continued usage of "Tune Up Specials" which equate to nothing more than replacing a couple of items and *maybe* running some fluids through a vehicle. Other than that, there are no adjustments or in-depth procedures needed to return a vehicle to it's peak performance.

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A tune-up usually refers to the routine servicing of the engine to meet the manufacturer's specifications. Tune-ups are needed periodically as according to the manufacturer's recommendations to ensure an automobile runs as expected. Modern automobiles now typically require only a small number of tune-ups over the course of an approximate 250,000-kilometre (160,000 mi) or a 10-year lifespan.
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In early days, mechanics finished tuning up a performance car such as a Ferrari and would take it around a track several times to burn out any built-up carbon; this is known as an Italian tuneup.
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Well Gary I'm sorry my use of the term "tune up" aggravated you. From this point forward, I will not take any shortcuts and describe every last detail. Such as, no longer will I be doing yard work-it has now become cutting the grass, bagging the grass, weed wacking, hedge trimming, edging, raking leaves, tarping leaves, movement of leaves from point of pile to final location for nature to take its course. Because I have nothing better to do than ensure my thread is properly dictated to your satisfaction.

But thank you for being such a positive contributor to this thread by not even answering the original question posed, but having the time and effort to "correct" me.

Unreal.

Did not realize you would get so offended by my response. Perhaps Teh InterWeb Thingy is not for you.
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Come on guys. The op is asking about sea foam not tune ups. Let's stay on topic.
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I started using it on my vehicles about 4 years ago, not religiously, but before big trips or when I first get them(always buy Used for the time being) and out of all of them, I have seen some sort of increase in performance, whether it's throttle response, MPG, or even just the idle. It's a cleaner and I like it. Haven't had a single issue with using it on Pontiacs, Fords or the new to me Dodge. Some of the increases were very minimal, but the most drastic was in the Ford, where I was able to start getting 22MPG on the highway, from starting off with 16-17 tops.

It all comes down to how the user actually used the seafoam, not how he says they did and condition of the vehicle it's being used on. I guess my vehicles were in need of some type of cleansing to be able to see any gains.
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I sold seafoam nearly every day in 3 years working at advance...never heard any reported problems although I do believe most people were running it in their gas. Putting it in the vacuum line is something different entirely, although I've done both on my truck. I've even poured some in the crankcase before an oil change. (not in my truck but in my old jeep) Never any negative effects although I'm not sure if there was any positive changes either. It def depends on the condition of the engine and the overall maintenance the car received throughout it's life. I'm def not nervous about using it, although I can see how putting it in engine oil can be a bad idea.
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Well Gary I'm sorry my use of the term "tune up" aggravated you. From this point forward, I will not take any shortcuts and describe every last detail. Such as, no longer will I be doing yard work-it has now become cutting the grass, bagging the grass, weed wacking, hedge trimming, edging, raking leaves, tarping leaves, movement of leaves from point of pile to final location for nature to take its course. Because I have nothing better to do than ensure my thread is properly dictated to your satisfaction.

But thank you for being such a positive contributor to this thread by not even answering the original question posed, but having the time and effort to "correct" me.

Unreal.
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I've only used Seafoam on small engines, not my truck. I just don't feel that it needs it, but I wouldn't stop someone from using it on their own vehicle. My Dad uses it religiously in his Jeep and hasn't had any issues.
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I used it once. Not sure how much impact it had.

I would almost buy it just to drive through town leaving a giant cloud of white smoke everywhere
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I say nay. If you don't need it don't do it. Leave it for the marine guys.
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I use it with no problems. Most of the time just pour in the gas tank to help clean injectors. Every once in a while I'll pour about 1/4 can into the the vacuum hose that goes to the brake booster while the truck is at idle. I've read that this cleans carbon off the piston heads and cylinders. Last time I did this it actually cleared a check engine light. Years ago I put seafoam in the gastank of my motorcycle and it would run like a raped ape. I believe in it and will continue to use this great product.

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I use it with no problems. Most of the time just pour in the gas tank to help clean injectors. Every once in a while I'll pour about 1/4 can into the the vacuum hose that goes to the brake booster while the truck is at idle. I've read that this cleans carbon off the piston heads and cylinders. Last time I did this it actually cleared a check engine light. Years ago I put seafoam in the gastank of my motorcycle and it would run like a raped date. I believe in it and will continue to use this great product.
Really could you not think of better words to describe this!!!!!!
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I've used Seafoam in my Ram right when it hit 100k miles. It seemed to gain a little more throttle response, but that's about it. I poured 1/3rd can in the gas, 1/3rd in the vacuum line, and 1/3rd in the crankcase. No negative effects. My brother used to work at O'Reilly's and he says it sold like crazy, he swears by it as well. I've never heard of anyone having negative effects.
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Really could you not think of better words to describe this!!!!!!
Generally the expression is "raped ape".....
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I'm also a little curious about seafoam as well. If putting it in the gas tank how much should be used and how full should my tank be? And should I let it idle or actually drive it around? (just really don't wanna screw anything up as I'm still in high school and dad isn't always easy to deal with lol)
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