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Old 05-25-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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2003 Focus SVT SeaFoam "mystery"

Alright guys, i put some SeaFoam in my SVT today through the brake booster line. Engine was bogging down as expected. But it wasn't really smoking much.

Did the procedure of turning the car off, waiting 5 minutes, and giving er hell on the highway. Only smoked once when I actually launched from an intersection.

My question is why didn't it smoke much? Thanks!


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Old 05-25-2015, 07:10 PM   #2
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Maybe it wasn't such a mess in there, maybe the CAT did it's job and cleaned up the exhaust (would if it was warm quite a bit), maybe you didn't use much Seafoam (good).

Now for the GRIEF - WHY you tryin' to mess up your now running car??????

Mess that up & worst case you BREAK your replaced engine.

Often need fresh plugs afterwards, and you just bought a fresh set - right?

CAT can be damaged if you've got one, not cheap to fix.



Get your PCV valve & hose fixed?

How about the brake booster line? Brakes right now???


Bud, you're going top frustrate US even more than YOURSELF if this one gets messed up.....
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I used less than 6 oz of Sea Foam - barely a third of a can.

Brake booster is fixed.

PCV is fixed.

I didnt know it could mess with your car that much! I thought it was good to put in.
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There are a number of "cleaning" methods, each with their good & bad points.

NONE are perfectly safe, and really should only be used when desperately needed.

Light, occasional use might not be TOO bad - but you DO need to know what you're doing. CAT just adds to the problems with use.

Small amount poured in slow, should be OK. Dump it tooo fast, it's like submerging your intake in a puddle - hydro lock boom.

When there IS crap to knock loose, it can end up where you don't want it. That's why the old Gumout carb cleaner trick (from LONG ago, for big engines without CATs) was for the start of a tune up - needed to replace the fouled plugs afterwards.

Don't use it to clean out the bottom end either (put it in for running before oil change). Regular oil changes are the safe way to clean up the bottom end.
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Gotcha sailor. Taken note of all this.

Next oil change will be full synthetic with a Bosch filter.

No more cleaning agents.

Thanks Geezer! Haha
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BTW, that Seafoam is now sitting in the bottom of your manifold.
The SVT doesn't like to suck fluids well.
It'll work it's way out over the next week or so though.
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'I thought it was good to put in.'

Crank up the ol' scientific method they taught us in 6th grade and the next question should be.................WHY?

If it truly does what they say, why would you dislodge all that to then clog the cat?
And why use it in the oil to 'clean' the engine? Look up all the information about the thousands of engines that were lost when 'detergent' oil first hit the streets, it cleaned up engines well enough to destroy many of them when the oil pickups clogged with all the cleaned up crap. It doesn't simply disappear and thinking it all comes out in the oil? Pull a pan afterwards and get a surprise.
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I only used thr vacuum method. Didnt do the injector cleaning or crank case cleaning. Never again lol
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I'll admit to Chemical Warfare on occasion, all special cases.

Cruddy fuel, car sitting too much, older one that might need fresh parts if you can't clean it up - then dry gas & Chevron Techron in the tank for sure!

Certain Cycles that carboned up valves to loose compression, squirts through the vacuum ports to clean it up saved them without major work.

Always a special case, and done when it can't hurt.

Did try the Gumout treatment as part of a tune up so long ago there weren't CATs, didn't seem to help any so I gave up on that. Learned more about it later.
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In recent years I started to get skeptical about Seafoam, people rave on about how great it is, but I've never heard a true success story other than "It makes a lot of smoke!" It doesn't seen to do anything extra special than cheaper options in the gas tank, and I don't care for thinning out the oil.

When I started looking into the SVT before I bought it I read a few stories on how the intake manifold blows with seafoming...
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