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bonvita1973 07-01-2009 11:03 AM

sea foam
 
hi just wondering if anyone has ever tried using seafoam engine cleaner. would like to know if i can use it on my 1997 boxster, it has 30000miles. tks

bmussatti 07-01-2009 11:25 AM

Why do you want to use it? Are you getting poor mileage? Winter storage?

I suggest using a high quality fuel from a busy gas station.

This is not Porsche approved. The only approved gas treatment is the Chevron product with Techron I.I.R.C.

If you decide to use the seafoam engine cleaner, make sure you do an oil change after that tank of gas is used up.

I am assuming the seafoam cleaner you are asking about is added to the gas.

JFP in PA 07-01-2009 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bonvita1973
hi just wondering if anyone has ever tried using seafoam engine cleaner. would like to know if i can use it on my 1997 boxster, it has 30000miles. tks

Only if you don't give a damn about your car; Seafoam is worthless marketing hype.......

jjanari 07-01-2009 12:15 PM

I've used seafoam with great results...in my lawn mower.

Otherwise, I would not use it in a porsche or any modern car for that matter; I have no empirical evidence to back this up, other than the fact that a lot of manufacturers, porsche included, advise not to use fuel additives, with some exceptions (such as the Techron mentioned above in Porsche's case).

I would also be concerned about imost fuel additives' effect on emissions controls.

If you go the sea foam route, be careful when you're introducing it into the system if you're using a vacuum hose method (i.e. sucking up the sea foam through brake booster hose or whatever) as you don't want to risk hydrolock.

Your best bet, if you having idling problems, is a good throttle body cleaning and to make sure you use good quality gas.

fatmike 07-01-2009 06:10 PM

I've used Techron. It makes a small difference. Make sure you change your oil after a fill-up or two.



Also, just curious - are your spark plugs original? If so, change 'em. It makes a very big difference.






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