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Old 01-21-2013, 11:48 AM   #11
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Re: SeaFoaming A Honda Ridgeline

No worries Bethard. I really don't know much about the product at all. Then I came across that video and was curious as to other members impressions.

I could see how there might be benefits of it's use in smaller engines or older ones where perhaps there could be issues with less than complete combustion and resulting build up of deposits but what do I know?

I haven't been able to track down any kind of independent before and after comparisons where someone actually showed the internals after a treatment.

Most of the reviews or comments on the web seem to be the "seat of the pants" type where the car seems to work better after a treatment of this stuff.

Given that we have members here with over 150,000 trouble free miles on their clocks without much more that regular maintenance I wasn't sure if this was something I should work into a regular maintenance routine?

Just curious ... That's all!
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Re: SeaFoaming A Honda Ridgeline

Personally, I see no reason to introduce Sea Foam into the equation unless you are having a specific problem you are trying to eliminate. Sea Foam is mostly pale oil, naptha and isopropyl alchohol.

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:35 PM   #13
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It's no substitute for regular maintenance. Personally driven over 2 million miles and haven't touched a drop and don't intend to. I guess if I had engines failing me before 300,000 miles, I probably would try something. Everything I've driven in the last 30 years has gone at least 200,000 miles and some over 300,000 miles with nothing but regular maintenance. NO ADDITIVES OF ANY SORT.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #14
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My last car was an 01 Infiniti i30t. At around 80k the cel came on. I had it diagnosed to o2 sensor failing (common with these cars). The mechanic suggested putting a bottle of seafoam in the gas and see what happens. After I ran through the tank with seafoam I filled up and about halfway through the next tank no more cel. I sold the car at 103k with no cel since using seafoam. It's the only time I've used it but it work for me.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:25 PM   #15
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Honda doesn't recommend using any additives. So, why would anyone think they know better and use it? This is exactly why I don't like buying used vehicles, you never know what some moron might have dumped in it!
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Honda doesn't recommend using any additives. So, why would anyone think they know better and use it? This is exactly why I don't like buying used vehicles, you never know what some moron might have dumped in it!
Boy you said it! It's one of the reasons that I don't have problems selling my high mileage vehicles. I keep meticulous records and I don't "dump" other stuff in them.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:11 PM   #17
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Boy you said it! It's one of the reasons that I don't have problems selling my high mileage vehicles. I keep meticulous records and I don't "dump" other stuff in them.
What do you consider high mileage? Just out of curiosity.

It is really crazy how the mileage is becoming less of an issue. I remember in 2001, I couldn't hardly give my 89 civic hatch away at 224k. Everyone walked away complaining about mileage. Then in 2009, I had people beating down my door for my 92 civic hatch with 300k. I sold it without advertising. A guy actually came to my door asking if it was for sale because he noticed it didn't have license plates. Then in 2011, I had a line of people waiting to buy my 98 hatch with 200k +. Then the one that blew me away was the number of people interested in a 98 k1500 Chevy with 200k.

It's not like it used to be...if a vehicle is in good shape and has been cared for, people tend to overlook mileage. (to a point). 400k and up start getting hard to sell for much more than scrap value.
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This is just my opinion for "high" mileage. In the last 31 years of company driving I don't think I've turned in the keys on a vehicle of less than 200,000 miles. Several have gone into the 3 hundreds. 'Still haven't had to have ANY engine work done on any of those vehicles. Hoping my Ridge will take me into the three hundreds.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #19
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Re: SeaFoaming A Honda Ridgeline

I don't mean to disparage SeaFoam in any way because they don't make any claims the stuff is magic. It is amazing to me the number of people that believe the stuff IS magic.

If you've ever cleaned out an intake that's clogged with carbon you know that you could soak it in SeaFoam for a month and still have to scrape and chisel it out. Today we have port and direct injection and intakes don't get clogged.

The method used does nothing to clean injectors, and if you have a clogged injector not much you can pour in the fuel supply line will fix them for very long.

As for an O2 sensor... if there was anything left of SeaFoam by the time it reached the sensor it would be more bad than good.

As pointed out earlier it's mostly light oil, naphtha and alcohol. Any engine will smoke if you pour oil into the intake... it's not magic or an indication that any super cleaning took place. I'd much rather the dirt stay in the intake than be ingested by the engine.
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This is just my opinion for "high" mileage. In the last 31 years of company driving I don't think I've turned in the keys on a vehicle of less than 200,000 miles. Several have gone into the 3 hundreds. 'Still haven't had to have ANY engine work done on any of those vehicles. Hoping my Ridge will take me into the three hundreds.
Similar opinion on high mileage here and I'm also with you on the 300k club out of my ridge.

I bet some of your vehicles were getting "long in the tooth" in 1980 at 200k.
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