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Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ny scaper, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. ny scaper

    ny scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    What are all your thoughts on seafoam? I have only heard good things about it.
    Specifically, does seafoam clean carbs well and without having to take them apart to clean them? I am looking to do some preventive maintenance and was just wondering how it has worked pertaining to small engine stuff, ie. weed trimmers, hedge trimmers, push mowers.
  2. MoGreen

    MoGreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    I've been using Startron with good results. It only requires 1oz to 5 gallons too!!
  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    I love it! Works great.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I've always been of the opinion that when someone makes a product where they
    don't list the ingredients on the label, there's something wrong with that "miracle,"
    but I am amazed at the sheer number of people bamboozled by this product.
  5. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    I have soaked 10 different none working carbs in seafoam and it cleaned all of them up perfect. 6 from trimmers and 4 from small mowers.

    I have never used it in my oil or in the gas tank but for soaking a carb its great.
  6. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,841

    Check the MSDS. You will find an ingredient which is listed "IPA", which is the accepted abbreviation for isopropyl alcohol. It's a great solvent, as we can see from the ethanol in the fuel. But I guess it's a special kind of alcohol. One that doesn't draw the water out of rubber parts :dizzy: Bamboozled for sure.
  7. ny scaper

    ny scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    When you say "soaked the carb", do you mean the entire carb in one piece soaked or broken down and soaked? Thanks for the responses guys.
  8. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I have tried it twice......Did not see any improvement at all.

    Just more snake oil ?
  9. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    ny scaper : As far as small lawn mower carbs it was just the bowl and float that was removed. 2 stroke carbs were had the top and bottom taken off. One of the 2 stoke carbs did go in almost whole with the screws loosened a little and was soaked over night. That one worked out fine also.

    Sammy: when you say you tried it twice. How did you try it?

    ricky86: I have left rubber parts in it and they have not dissolved or even softened. There is water in rubber?
  10. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,841

    Perhaps water was the wrong term, as was rubber. Alcohol has a tendency to draw the moisture (which I'm sure is part water) out of elastomers. You like it? Good, use it.

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