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This is a discussion on Cleaning solvents within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I use Seafoam and Lucas religiously and like to think that im getting good results from them ie. cleaner injector, ...

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    Cleaning solvents

    I use Seafoam and Lucas religiously and like to think that im getting good results from them ie. cleaner injector, combustion chambers, and fuel system. Has anyone actually tore their engines down after prolonged use of these and found these claims to be true? Just curious.

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    I have never used Seafoam but I have used Lucas for years and I have no complaints. I also like Techron in the gas tank. I would love to hear from people with teardown reports.
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    I use seafoam every 50k or when i have a bad idle and everything checks good. Works like a charm. i can't talk about internals but I haven't heard anything negative.

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    i use around every oil change. It might be overkill but it keeps everything running great.

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    seafoam every oil change that is overkill haha but the feeling knowing everything is fresh is nice. I always get that after an oil change

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    Every oil change here.

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    Seafoam is a solvent -- I wouldn't be dumping that in my engine on a regular basis. Better route is to run TC-W3 in your tank, or use Chevron Techron. If you are concerned about engine sludge, Penzoil Platinum full synthetic oil will work away at that over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Seafoam is a solvent -- I wouldn't be dumping that in my engine on a regular basis. Better route is to run TC-W3 in your tank, or use Chevron Techron. If you are concerned about engine sludge, Penzoil Platinum full synthetic oil will work away at that over time.
    I am in total agreement here.

    Dumping that into your engine every 3000 miles is NOT good for it.

    Solvents are what is known as a "dry" cleaner,

    and can cause large chunks of sludge and carbon to be released into your oiling system.

    Amoung other things like dry cylinder walls.

    Not good..

    Rubber seals, O-rings, and gaskets do not take well to solvents.

    After all sovlents are used to remove gaskets and so forth, why would you want that washing around in your engine??

    Also as Jeff stated,, Chevron with techron is a good everyday fuel detergant,

    good fuel system detergants are also found in Shell, and Exxon fuels..

    The best method is keeping your oil changed as it should be, and run a quality oil.

    The other method Jeff mentions is also an added benefit to your valve train, and ring packs..
    Last edited by Smittro; 06-19-2012 at 04:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I am in total agreement here.

    Dumping that into your engine every 3000 miles is NOT good for it.

    Solvents are what is known as a "dry" cleaner,

    and can cause large chunks of sludge and carbon to be released into your oiling system.

    Amoung other things like dry cylinder walls.

    Not good..

    Rubber seals, O-rings, and gaskets do not take well to solvents.

    After all sovlents are used to remove gaskets and so forth, why would you want that washing around in your engine??

    Also as Jeff stated,, Chevron with techron is a good everyday fuel detergant,

    good fuel system detergants are also found in Shell, and Exxon fuels..

    The best method is keeping your oil changed as it should be, and run a quality oil.

    The other method Jeff mentions is also an added benefit to your valve train, and ring packs..
    Ditto !

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