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Old 08-06-2011, 01:58 PM   post #1 of 12
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Default Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

Hello!
I decided it was time for a carburetor tune up on my 318, so I
got a zoom spout oiler bottle, rinsed it out with gas and filled
it halfway up with Seafoam carb cleaner. I squirted that a little
at a time directly down the mouth of the carburetor while
running the engine at 3/4 throttle.
It smoked up the backyard
for a while but then cleared up and ran fine. Is this ok to
add Seafoam this way, or should it be just added to the gas
tank? Also should I pull the plugs and clean them after doing this
or will the carb cleaner more or less do that?
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:07 PM   post #2 of 12
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Oh my gosh-what have you done??? Yes it is recommended putting some Seafoam directly into the carb. as you did, just don't forget to put 1 oz. per gallon in the tank. You should be good to good as you have experienced, congratulation to joining the Seafoam Club.

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:10 PM   post #3 of 12
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Default Re: Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

What you did there is pretty much what they recommend on the Seafoam can.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:10 PM   post #4 of 12
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Default Re: Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

Putting Seafoam directly through the carb is fine. You can check the plugs if you're worried but unless it runs badly I'd just replace them at the regular interval.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:21 PM   post #5 of 12
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Default Re: Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

That is on D-Dogg's 318 Maintenance Check list, the only difference is I believe he suggests you let the seafoam sit in the carb for about 30 minutes before "smoking up the backyard".
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That is on D-Dogg's 318 Maintenance Check list, the only difference is I believe he suggests you let the seafoam sit in the carb for about 30 minutes before "smoking up the backyard".
just like any good detergent let it sit and do it's job.
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:21 PM   post #7 of 12
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Default Re: Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

Pouring Seafoam down the throat of the carb will do nothing to clean the carb as none of it actually ends up inside the carb. You need to pour it through the fuel filter or the gas tank if you want it to have any effect on the carb.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:18 PM   post #8 of 12
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Pouring Seafoam down the throat of the carb will do nothing to clean the carb as none of it actually ends up inside the carb. You need to pour it through the fuel filter or the gas tank if you want it to have any effect on the carb.
That's quite true. What needs to be cleaned in the carburetor isn't really touched by spraying stuff down the venturi. What needs the cleaning is the small orifices and other surfaces inside the carburetor that gasoline contacts, not just where the air goes through it.
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Pouring Seafoam down the throat of the carb will do nothing to clean the carb as none of it actually ends up inside the carb. You need to pour it through the fuel filter or the gas tank if you want it to have any effect on the carb.
you won't get to the internals on the carb BUT you will clean carbon build-up from the cylinders,valves etc.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:21 PM   post #10 of 12
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Pouring Seafoam down the throat of the carb will do nothing to clean the carb as none of it actually ends up inside the carb. You need to pour it through the fuel filter or the gas tank if you want it to have any effect on the carb.
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That's quite true. What needs to be cleaned in the carburetor isn't really touched by spraying stuff down the venturi. What needs the cleaning is the small orifices and other surfaces inside the carburetor that gasoline contacts, not just where the air goes through it.
All the knowledge tells me this is true, BUT using Seafoam directly into the Carb has worked wonders for me and many other guys here, that being said, I don't know how or why it works but pouring directly into the carb works, for me anyways. I also use a couple ounces in the Tank.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:34 PM   post #11 of 12
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Default Re: Did a quick carb clean out with SeaFoam is pouring into the carb OK ?

The Seafoam down the throat step (until pretty much choking out the engine, and letting it sit) works on the carbon in the combustion chamber.

The act of pouring it down the throat may knock some grime loose from some of the passages in some instances, but it's running a tankful of gas treated with Seafoam that helps the carb.

Of course as I have discovered, Seafoam in the gas will not take pieces of rubber and grit out of the float bowl.

Taking the top of the carb off, cleaning out the bowl and blowing out the passages with Seafoam Deep Creep is what you want to do if you want the carb really clean right away.
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All the knowledge tells me this is true, BUT using Seafoam directly into the Carb has worked wonders for me and many other guys here, that being said, I don't know how or why it works but pouring directly into the carb works, for me anyways. I also use a couple ounces in the Tank.
The confusing part in the subject line is the term "carb". Pouring it down the throat of the carb cleans carbon from the cylinder and piston. Pouring it in the fuel filter or gas tank cleans gum from the carburetor.

Both are good.
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