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Old 10-12-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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has anyone done it yet? also, why is my coolant low?


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I would say its close to snake oil.

Could be leak, has it always been low? Or you just noticed, a light?
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My 2012 has a low level, below the min line on the overflow tank. Even if I add some coolant (Motorcraft Specialty Orange + distilled water 50/50) it goes back to the same spot.

I've read here that it could be anything from a pinhole leak to a bad radiator that needs to be replaced. I'll get mine evaluated at my 40,000 mile "The Works" service.
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I'm not sure why Seafoam and a radiator leak are in the same post but Seafoam is the posterboy for snake oil. Here's the msds on it. Pale oil is a light 20 viscosity oil, I don't think naphtha needs an explanation. IPA is rubbing alcohol better known as IsoPropyl Alcohol. There are no actual cleaners in the mix, just light solvents at best. This does not belong in any crankcase and it's not going to make anything go away. What it will do is make an engine run equally bad. I can't tell you how many engines I've rebuilt from morons shoving this crap down the manifold. Cracked valves are common and in some of the bad cases, chipped pistons. Regardless of their advertising, it certainly isn't doing the cats any favors and will destroy them. Yer money, yer engine.
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I LOVE Seafoam! I have used it in my svt. Smoothened my idle. But after, change your plugs. Use at your own risk though, I have seen some devastating results from using seafoam through a vac line.I had a mostly clean engine to start with.If you are looking for a fuel system cleaner Seafoam works, but I have heard great reviews of techron
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I'm not sure why Seafoam and a radiator leak are in the same post but Seafoam is the posterboy for snake oil. Here's the msds on it. Pale oil is a light 20 viscosity oil, I don't think naphtha needs an explanation. IPA is rubbing alcohol better known as IsoPropyl Alcohol. There are no actual cleaners in the mix, just light solvents at best. This does not belong in any crankcase and it's not going to make anything go away. What it will do is make an engine run equally bad. I can't tell you how many engines I've rebuilt from morons shoving this crap down the manifold. Cracked valves are common and in some of the bad cases, chipped pistons. Regardless of their advertising, it certainly isn't doing the cats any favors and will destroy them. Yer money, yer engine.
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It's funny that you say this. A buddy of mine had some small idle issues. Used sea foam to solve it and now the thing won't start. Sputters worse, I wouldn't use it again.
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Seamfoam definitely works, but every car is different. The people that say it's snake oil either have never used the stuff or their particular car was not receptive to it. I Seafoam my Dad's 2007 Rav4 every 10k miles and it absolutely makes a difference. The Toyota 2.4 i4 is notorious for burning oil and Seafoam does a great job of cleaning the valves off. My Dad is not a car person in the slightest (hence the Toyota) and even he can see the difference. The car idles and runs much better and the engine is quieter at every point during operation.

As for the car idling worse after treatment I've heard of engines with so much build up that it actually acts as a seal of sorts for combustion and or worn valves. Cleaning the crap off can result in problems in these cases.
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My coolant fluctuates from just above "MIN" to 1/2" below it... There are no signs of leaks (engine bay is dirty as can be and there are no "clean" spots that would be a sign of a liquid being present on the surface). I am scheduling my car for warrenty work (my body pannels are so mismatched I cannot take it anymore >.<). Hope they don't say shit about the intake/lunchbox delete
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Hope they don't say shit about the intake/lunchbox delete
I would put everything power train back to stock, because if they deny your warranty once because of modifications, you will be on their black list until the warranty is up for that vehicle. Even if you go back with your car completely stock the second time. Play it safe.

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has anyone done it yet? also, why is my coolant low?
My coolant level is also below the min line but as long as there is coolant flowing through your radiator you should be fine. My levels dropped a little bit but they haven't gotten any lower. I am curious to know how they got lower in the first place since I haven't seen any leaks in mine either.
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