Guest article by Bogan
Any list of must-have all-purpose items for a household in good times or bad will include baking soda, vinegar, coat hangers and duct tape. I’d like to make the case for adding Sea Foam Motor Treatment to the list.
I’ve been using the stuff for years, in cars, trucks, outboard motors, lawn equipment, logging equipment and more, buying it by the gallon. Its that ubiquitous.
What Is Sea Foam Motor Treatment?
What is Sea Foam? According to their website, Sea Foam was initially developed for the outboard motor and marine market back in the 1930s by Fred Fandrei.
He was a District Manager for the Sinclair Refining Company (remember the dinosaur signs?) who owned an outboard motor that would gum up from the gas and oil mixture between uses.
Necessity being the mother of invention he leveraged his knowledge of fuel to invent a product that will stop the gas/oil mixture from becoming stale. And so an empire was born.
Fast forward 80 plus years and the product is still going strong. Their website shows all kinds of uses for it. I’ll share what I use it for which is a much shorter list:
To clean fuel systems including gasoline and diesel, and lubrication systems – particularly vehicle oil. It cleans, flushes and stabilizes.
– For car and truck engines, I add some to the fuel tank every time I do an oil change. This keeps injectors clean and the vehicle running smoothly.
– For my diesel truck I fill up the new fuel filter with Sea Foam before swapping it out for the old one. Some smoke may billow out for a few miles but it’s doing a great job cleaning the carbon deposits. This happens about annually.
– 50-100 miles prior to changing the oil in a car or truck, I’ll add a few ounces into the engine oil. When you go to drain the oil, it frees up lots of gunk and crud which comes out with the oil. The cleaner the better, right?
– For marine and lawn equipment I run it in the fuel mix: it both stabilizes and cleans.
– For stored fuel it stabilizes: gas or diesel.
– For 2-stroke equipment that has been sitting a bit too long and is gummed up, I’ll tilt it so the throat of the carburetor is facing upward then flood it out with Sea Foam. Let set for a few minutes, then start cranking. May have to repeat this process a couple times, but once the engine revs up and the smoke dies down you’re GTG!
I’ve tried StaBil, PRI-D and G, Lucas, and others, and am confident they all work, but the Sea Foam is the one-does-all IMO. And now that I’ve scrolled through a few pages of their website have even more ideas. The stuff just works!
Anyway, Ken sells it on his Amazon or you can find it at big box and auto parts stores.
(I’m not affiliated, own no stock, etc. Its just a good product and I’m a retail consumer. -Bogan)
WHAT DO YOU USE SEA FOAM FOR? AND IS THERE ANY BETTER ALL PURPOSE EQUIVALENT PRODUCTS OUT THERE?
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