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Fuel System Cleaner

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TaylorU, Jul 4, 2013.

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Thoughts on fuel system cleaner products?

  1. Yes, it helps

    127 vote(s)
    53.6%
  2. Not worth the price

    13 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. Completely useless

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    12.7%
  4. Not sure

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    30.8%
  5. STP brand

    6 vote(s)
    2.5%
  6. Gumout brand

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    2.1%
  1. Aug 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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    Nfurtado77

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    Sea foam used to clean the throttle body on my car and poured some in my tank.
     
  2. Aug 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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    bigshug1

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    Another vote for Seafoam - I use it in my ZX6R and I have used in my BMW's of days past...

    Not sure whether the prices are universal - but our local (in central VA) Northern Tool has SeaFoam for ~$6.50 for the 16oz size...
     
  3. Aug 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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    That Dude Tim

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    I've used Seafoam and the Chevron Techron stuff. I liked the Seafoam better as a induction cleaner than the Chevron stuff as a tank pour.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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    RPD STARS

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    I use lucas with my 94 chevron fill ups.... i dunno if it does anything but it makes me feel better.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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    650H1

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    I use Marvel's Mystery Oil, I have been pleased with the results in other vehicles, have yet to use it in the taco though...
     
  6. Aug 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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    metrick1215

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    i use Seafoam once every 4 months, but i put half in gas and half in vacuum line... then i put gas treatment in truck once every 2 months... I actually do see a difference with it.. right now i get about 22-23 MPG mix of highway/mountain/city...
     
  7. Aug 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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    Greenpants

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    Chevron Techron ,all my cars & trucks for twenty years. Stuff works !

    greenpants....mike
     
  8. Aug 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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    I have heard nothing but good things about Techron.

    I recently put Seafoam into the gas and a little into the oil of my tractor mower. Ran it for a bit and then sucked some through the carb. Yeah... white smoke. Changed the oil and I'll be damned if the thing doesn't run and sound better now.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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    thegrandpoohbah

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    Seafoam is awesome. I had an old 1991 Kawasaki ZX6 in the shed stored for 2 years. Carbs were gummed up and the gas was bad. Needless to say she wouldn't start. Half a can of Seafoam in the tank, left it overnight and she started up on the first try the next day!
     
  10. Aug 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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    Why in the oil? And one of the side effects of seafoam is white smoke. My favorite part of seafoam is the aggressive driving they suggest after you use it.:D
     
  11. Aug 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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    wow I have 101k miles and ive never used a fuel cleaner, think it's time to dump a bottle?
     
  12. Aug 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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  13. Aug 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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    why not just use 93 octane instead of 87 and adding these additives.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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    Everything else being equal, I don't believe higher octane fuel keeps the internals any cleaner than a lower octane rated fuel. Typically, higher octane fuels are supposed to have better detergent packages, and that's what's supposed to make the difference.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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    I drove a couple Astro vans before getting my Tacoma. Tried using 87 and it would not drive the same as 93, wouldn't pick up speed. Ever since then I never used any other octane. Heard 93 burns cleaner and doesn't gunk up the engine as 87 does.
     
  16. Aug 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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    Like I said, those are two separate, but connected issues. A fuel's octane rating does not necessarily have an impact on how well it keeps an engine clean; it's about avoiding engine knock, higher compression ratios, and other engine management issues. I don't think 93 burns any cleaner due to the higher octane rating, but the detergent package may make a difference, and it may even clean old deposits. At least, that's what the oil companies say.
     
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  17. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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    so seafoam you dump it in the gas tank before you fill up?
     
  18. Aug 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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    yea basically how it works most engines wont run any better with high octanes, they are harder to burn


    Spray seafoam into a throttle body then scrub it will a toothbrush and you won't think its snake oil anymore.
     
  19. Aug 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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    There is a huge difference between spraying some on a part and cleaning it by hand, and just dumping it in the fuel tank and praying for the best.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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    I like using bg44k. It's kind of expensive but to me worth every penny. Never had any fuel problems while using it.. I have used the Lucas also.
     
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