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TOPIC: Re:Alternative to Sea Foam?
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Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
My dad was having an issue with an old car that had been sitting for a long time. It was on the same order as our SVS. An old timer engine rebuilder told him to run a quart of transmission fluid through the gas tank. Hmmmm
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
My father and grandfather were used car guys and they had all kinds of tricks. I have seen one or the other...

Pour water down the carb while running to make one run smoother

Put Motor oil in the transmission fluid to help shifting

Put brake fluid in the trans to fix leaks

Put pepper in a radiator to fix a leak

and all type of other stuff that would make you scratch your head.
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hi there I am new to the forum but here is my two cents. I used to have an RX7 and a mechanic used trans oil to get it started. Smoked like hell and back while it burned out of the motor. I asked why it was done and he said it caused a build up of compression. And he did an compression test right there and sure enough that is exactly what it was doing. Can't say I would recommend it for a R* but that is what I saw.
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Bet if you check sea foam has some of the same stuff in it that transmission fluid does and it is red ya know. A lot of the old timer tricks work where do you think some of the stuff we can buy now comes from. Pepper the the radiator works just like stop leak does.
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Heard of a few of these fixes. Whether they'll work on engines like these is a good question. All these fixes were used primarily on older technology motors. BTW Lifeguard,

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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
My brother in law was a mechanic for most of his life, and an alcoholic too. He would pour beer in the carb to clean out build up of carbon on the pistons and valves. I didn't believe him so he showed me on an engine he was rebuilding. He showed me the build up, put it back together, got it running, poured the beer in the carb while it was running. Broke it back down and holly crap it was night and day difference. Made a believer out of me.

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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Yep, many a time I watched my dad rev the engine from under the hood to keep it running while he poured trans fluid or water down the carb. Trans fluid smoked like a freight train . He said when he used water it would instantly steam all the intake system.....softening deposits so they would break loose. Tell you what, it worked. I did it every now and then with my mopars when they startin running a little crappy.....smooth them right out!
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
A Beer aday keeps the Doctor away Or was that an apple.
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Lifeguard from Texas..........................Steve.
 
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Re:Alternative to Sea Foam? 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Beer in the crabs to cure svs hmmmm OK guys don't start drinkin sea foam.
 
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