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Old 06-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Any tips for doing a seafoam treatment on my ZL1?

I'm getting ready to install my oil catch can after pissing away almost 6 weeks of my life while waiting on a certain forum vendor to deliver an oil catch can that never delivered.

So now I have the fear of having oil ingestion in my intake track so I want to do a seafoam treatment to make sure any oil inside the intake track is cleaned up.

I watched some YouTube videos which some show pouring it in a major vacuum line while other treatments show people using the spray version which goes in to the throttle body.

So I will ask here. What's the best method for doing this treatment on my car?
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Your Camaro is way too new to need seafoam!
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Your Camaro is way too new to need seafoam!
Don't be too sure on that. I had a 2010 SS that I put a Maggie on at only 300 miles. The mount of oil ingestion inside the stock intake almost made me puke. I can only assume my ZL1 that already has 1300 miles is probably just as bad.

I want to be sure everything is nice and clean prior to installing an oil catch can.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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ive been wanting to seafoam my intakeas well but unsure of the best way.. 20000
miles of hard driving with no catch can
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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Your catch can delivery experience sounds all too familiar.

Your valves probably are not too bad given you do not have direct injection engine and the fuel is cleaning them. (I know the SS is not DI, but is the ZL1 also?)

The intake manifold could already be quite dirty though.

I seem to remember someone saying not to use basic Seafoam with a super charger. I could be mistaken about that.

My dealer charged me $180.00 for a BG upper induction cleaning. Yes it's way more than a can of Seafoam (or BG 44K) but it gave me more "peace of mind". Given all the coin I have put into the car it was cheap insurance for a (hopefully) one time procedure before my catch can install.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #6
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Your catch can delivery experience sounds all too familiar.
Yup, it really makes me very angry every time I think about getting jacked around the way I did with RX. All this BS could have been avoided had I been told it would take a LONG TIME to get a catch can from them. Instead I'd get emails telling me it would ship on this day then it would ship on this day. What a freaking waste of my time.

This is why I have vowed to always express nothing but bad comments when RX is mentioned. I have no doubts they have awesome products. Unfortunately the clown that runs the company has very horrible business practices which is why there are plenty of people on this forum that are beginning to see his true colors.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #7
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ive been wanting to seafoam my intakeas well but unsure of the best way.. 20000
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My 2010 SS was a complete mess at only 300 miles. I can't imagine what yours looks like at 20K miles. Good luck....
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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I just did the seafoam treatment on my car at 32,XXX miles prior to a catch can install. I personally put half a can in the oil, drove around a day (this won't, or shouldn't cause smoke) then the following evening I put the rest of the can into my gas tank w/ about a 1/2 tank of gasoline. I continued to drive it for about an hour or so. Then went home, put another 1/2 of a can into my vacuum line while my buddy held the throttle at about 2,000 rpm. He gave the motor a few good revs, then I let the motor sit (off) for about 5 mins. I repeated the process again, let it sit for about 15 mins (off). After the 15 mins were up, I started the car again, let it idle some, gave it a few good revs (around 4,000 rpm), then held it at 2,000 rpm a few times. I then let it idle for another 15-20 mins. it smoked a pretty good bit after sitting, but it's normal and I could tell that the seafoam was burning off all the oil and carbon built up in the motor. The motor runs stronger for sure now. (or maybe it's just in my head....?)

I know you have a ZL1 and I have an n/a SS, but that's how I did it, and I looked into my intake before and after, and it is a world of difference. (I also changed the oil after this seafoam treatment and installed a catch can)
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #9
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how did you get the seafoam in the intake? i heard of spraying it directly.through the tb or using a vacuum line
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:01 AM   #10
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how did you get the seafoam in the intake? i heard of spraying it directly.through the tb or using a vacuum line
+1 this...got any pictures of the line you used? I got a RX can and oil breather. I have about 19xxx miles. I put a ported TB on about 6 months ago and I didn't notice any build up on the old one, but after reading about every post on catch cans I realized I should have got one a long time ago. So I'm going to do the Seafoam Treatment, I read your other post on it

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297189

but I still confused on the intake portion with the vacuum line. Thanks
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:09 PM   #11
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Sorry it took a bit to get back to you guys. Here's a picture of the line I used to get the seafoam into the motor through the intake. I slowly poured the seafoam (almost trickled) into this hose while my buddy kept the motor revved at 2000 rpm.

Bumblebee-I'm not sure about your method of input into your motor w/ that supercharger. Hopefully someone will chime in that knows more about that motor.
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I would not do that with a supercharger. I think it will do more bad that good.


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Sorry it took a bit to get back to you guys. Here's a picture of the line I used to get the seafoam into the motor through the intake. I slowly poured the seafoam (almost trickled) into this hose while my buddy kept the motor revved at 2000 rpm.

Bumblebee-I'm not sure about your method of input into your motor w/ that supercharger. Hopefully someone will chime in that knows more about that motor.
Sweet!! Thanks Cornflakes. Cant wait for some spare time this weekend to knock this project out. I definitely feel more comfortable after going over all your post.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:06 PM   #14
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Sweet!! Thanks Cornflakes. Cant wait for some spare time this weekend to knock this project out. I definitely feel more comfortable after going over all your post.

No problem bud! Let me know how it works for you. And just remember, smoke (white or light blue) is normal.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:08 AM   #15
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I seafoamed my Corvette 2 months ago. I poured a couple ounces in my gas tank, a couple ounces in my crank case for about 300 miles.

Then I used the seafoam spray can which has a little plastic horseshoe tube about 7 inches long which slides infront of the throttle body blade and cracks the blade open about an 1/8th inch more. What I liked about this was it opened the blade just enough to hold my idle about 2000 RPMs so you dont need a second person.

I sprayed the full can into the manifold which did not cause the engine to stall, so I poured a couple more ounces into the vacuum line. The car still didnt stall out, but I felt I added ample detergent. I shut the car off for a 1/2 hour, removed the tube in front of the throttle body, plugged in the vacuum line and started it up. I made 4-5 wide open runs and called it a day after I changed the oil.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:09 PM   #16
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thats line running from the pcv clean side to the air intake right? disconnect it from the pcv side? just wann make sure
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:32 PM   #17
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thats line running from the pcv clean side to the air intake right? disconnect it from the pcv side? just wann make sure
Yes sir. I've heard people call it a "vacuum line", atleast that's the way it has been described to me in the past. Honestly, I didn't really care what it did, I just cared about where it went into my intake at. That seemed to be the perfect location for the seafoam treatment on a N/A motor. speaking of that....i'm not trying to jack your thread bumblebee!

Bumblebee-Maybe you can do the seafoam treatment followed up by some sort of oil-injection treatment for your supercharger? I've never had a s/c motor so my level of ignorance is fairly high in this area, but I can't see injecting a solvent that cleans off oil into a supercharger without some sort of re-oiling method being a good idea.
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NO SEAFOAM THROUGH YOUR SUPERCHARGER. NO NO NO. SC are meant to pump air not liquid.
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Old post I know so forgive me BUT where is that hose located at that you're showing in the pic Cornflakes?
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Old post I know so forgive me BUT where is that hose located at that you're showing in the pic Cornflakes?

Looks like he hooked it up to the nipple of the side of the intake. Don't quote me but that's what it seems.


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That hose goes from the top of the motor into the intake at the elbow bend in it. I believe it is a vacuum hose. Look under your hood and you will see it (if you have an aftermarket CAI. I can't remember if the stock intake has it in the same location, I don't THINK it does though) If you look at the picture knowing this, you can see it. Kinda looks like an optical illusion at first.
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