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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-12-2015, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Techron is a good product as well as Seafoam. I prefer Seafoam on the older cars. Here is a tutorial that I wrote: - http://reattaowner.com/roj/component...m-with-seafoam - for my Reatta website about how to use it on those cars. It dies a great job of cleaning the plenum an keeping the injectors clean. It will apply to a lot of other cars of that era.

I intend to use Techron in my Equinox at each oil change. That was recommended to me by a friend who is the service manager at my local GM dealership. Another thing he recommends to keep the valves clean is "Nail the gas pedal to the floor about once a week and let is shift on it's own through the first three gears." He said that it won't hurt the engine and he said it will a good job of keeping the carbon from building up on the valves.
I didn't read your link. Did you have any 'proof' like the before after shots which were in the video?
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I didn't read your link. Did you have any 'proof' like the before after shots which were in the video?
If you didn't bother to read my link I see no reason to offer any proof of anything.

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If you didn't bother to read my link I see no reason to offer any proof of anything.
I don't need instructions on how to apply seafoam or other treatments. Besides you think it did something did you have any video evidence like borriscope of the cylinders or valves? How about spreadsheet of mpg for the last year of the vehicle and now mpg bump after application?
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For whatever it's worth: I don't do my Techron treatments at oil changes because I expect like a 1 mpg improvement after the oil change.
I do the Techron treatments in hopes that after 100k miles, my mpg didn't drop as far down as an engine that would without treatments. Or really, more importantly, that the deposits do not build as severely to trigger engine DTC.

No offense WVUTampaAlum, but to me it's unrealistic to expect an engine treatment to show significant improvement in mpg after a treatment. And if you're trying to treat an engine with lots of deposits - you're too late.
To me it's ridiculous to expect a video or photo showing "proof" the fuel additive helped after one dose.

Techron Concentrate is $8.50 at Amazon now. (Often there are special deals for less at local stores.) One dose every 5k miles means $170 over 100k miles. (With my local specials, I'll spend ≈$100 over 100k miles.)
Engine dis-assembly and de-carboning costs a lot more than $170.

I expect my engine is clean with very little deposits now, and I intend to keep it this way. Being realistic - I've wasted more than $100 on other ridiculous purchases!

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I have never had any proof of SeaFoam or any sort of visual clues to help out. I have, on the other hand, see for my self on my personal vehicles that SeaFoam makes a difference. My "new" truck had 90K miles on it when I bought it. I drove it for a few tank fulls right away and got about 12 MPG (average). I did my first oil change after owning it for about 1K miles, and poured in a can of SeaFoam in the gas. I've done it every oil change on my cars/trucks since I was a kid. On the first tank of gas, I gained 2 MPG. And so that I don't lose that extra 2 MPG, I continue to run a can at every oil change.

In another car, I did the 3 cleaning method. I put it in the gas, the oil, and down the intake. It actually helped that car simply run smoother. I don't think I really gained MPGs on that car, but the whole acceleration curve actually felt like a smooth curve.

I'ver never used techron, but I have already run a can of SeaFoam through my new Nox. Being a FlexFuel vehicle, I may just run a tank of E85 once in a while.

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No offense WVUTampaAlum, but to me it's unrealistic to expect an engine treatment to show significant improvement in mpg after a treatment. And if you're trying to treat an engine with lots of deposits - you're too late.
To me it's ridiculous to expect a video or photo showing "proof" the fuel additive helped after one dose.
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I couldn't have said it any better.

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I have never had any proof of SeaFoam or any sort of visual clues to help out. I have, on the other hand, see for my self on my personal vehicles that SeaFoam makes a difference. My "new" truck had 90K miles on it when I bought it. I drove it for a few tank fulls right away and got about 12 MPG (average). I did my first oil change after owning it for about 1K miles, and poured in a can of SeaFoam in the gas. I've done it every oil change on my cars/trucks since I was a kid. On the first tank of gas, I gained 2 MPG. And so that I don't lose that extra 2 MPG, I continue to run a can at every oil change.

In another car, I did the 3 cleaning method. I put it in the gas, the oil, and down the intake. It actually helped that car simply run smoother. I don't think I really gained MPGs on that car, but the whole acceleration curve actually felt like a smooth curve.

I'ver never used techron, but I have already run a can of SeaFoam through my new Nox. Being a FlexFuel vehicle, I may just run a tank of E85 once in a while.
What you describe is why most people use SeaFoam. When you do the fuel system cleaning and add it to a tank of gas, it isn't unusual to experience a smoother idle and better throttle response on a vehicle that's never had it done before. Older cars like my '88 Buick Reatta, that isn't driven on a regular basis, benefits from adding a can of SeaFoam to the gas at each oil change to keep it running smoothly. I do the intake cleaning procedure about once a year. I've never checked to see if SeaFoam improves the mileage.

I'm still trying to decide if I want to use Techron or SeaFoam in my Nox v6 with the direct injection.

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Back in 2011- I Posted this on another forum..........

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So this is on our 2007 Impala.
Since the missus took over the Traverse-
I now drive the Impala- and of course Ive been keeping a tab on data.
With about 46,400 miles I took 'control' of car.

Odometer gal trip Hand MPG DIC MPG
46,479 14.3 305.6 21.3 22.6
46,829 15.5 346.7 22.3 23.5
47,185 [/color] 14.6 359.3 24.6 25.4
47,549 15.3 363.7 23.7 25.1
47,848 12.5 299.1 23.9 25.7
48,067 9.2 218.6 23.7 25.6
48,328 10.8 260.6 24.1 26.1

Note the jump in MPG's at 47,185.
why?

At 47185 I added Techron, and once that tank was over- I changed air filter, oil,oil filter and cleaned the throttle body.
About a 1.5 to 2 MPG increase--- pretty nice I think.

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I think that you have proven that you are a much better "hypermiler" than most people - including your wife.

Also, I see that you get about a 2 MPG optimist prediction from your DIC versus the hand calculation - like I do. Do you ever ask the dealer about it ?

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