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Re: “Mystery Fluid” smooths out engine after rebuilding t...

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Tom Arnold

08-22-2012 13:37:29

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SeaFoam is a well-recognized product in the OPE industry. I have used it myself and found that it works very well on most occasions. Will it work in every situation? No. There are times when the carb must be dismantled totally and soaked for a couple of days in a true carb cleaner.

This often entails removing "frost plugs" that close off passages in the carb that are blocked solid with gunk. These need to be carefully rodded with fine wire so as to not harm any jetting and then blown out with compressed air prior to returning the carb body to the cleaning solution so it can finish the job.

None of the above is meant to take anything away from SeaFoam because it often will do the job on its own. But if it doesn't work to your satisfaction, don't blame it and say that it's worthless. Every product has its limitations. SeaFoam is the first thing I reach for and if the problem persists, then "cooking the carb" in cleaning solution is the next move.

If the SeaFoam does clear it up, then look at all the time you saved.

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08-24-2012 13:43:24

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 Re: “Mystery Fluid” smooths out engine after rebuilding t... in reply to Tom Arnold, 08-22-2012 13:37:29  

I've had great luck with Seafoam cleaning up "marginal" carbs that other cleaners couldn't do anything to. It's usually poured into all my small engines at the beginning of a season to help clear up anything that accumulated while sitting.

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08-25-2012 10:47:49

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 Re: “Mystery Fluid” smooths out engine after rebuilding t... in reply to dhermesc, 08-24-2012 13:43:24  
Yep I've used it for years and as posted its good for cleaning a carb that's set for a short time as posted reallyu clogged carbs will need to be dissemble and cleaned, I put it in the tanks in the fall it works great as a stabilizer and then its in the fuel for spring start up. I now make my own using a recipe off the internet works just as good and about a 10th of the cost.

GB in MN

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Tom Arnold

08-25-2012 15:51:04

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 Re: “Mystery Fluid” smooths out engine after rebuilding t... in reply to MNGB, 08-25-2012 10:47:49  
Why not share the recipe?

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