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Sea Foam or Marvel Mystery oil?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tch777, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. tch777

    tch777 1/2 ton status

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    I have a lifter that is sticking, and I want to try to "clean" it out so I don't have to replace it. Which one should I try? Has anyone used either successfully to do this? Clean out the gunk so the lifter is not ticking anymore and avoid tearing the engine apart to fix with a new set of lifters and cam?

    Thanks

    Tim
     
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    My dad used to have good luck with Mystery Oil way back when.
     
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    Neither. 2 qts tranny fluid, 3 qts motor oil, run for 20 minutes at idle, drain, and fill with your favorite oil and a new filter.
     
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    What has worked for me in the past is taking the valve cover and rocker arm off, pull the pushrod and drain the oil out of it then stick it back in, then squirt some carb cleaner into the pushrod so it goes straight into the lifter. Ive done this twice so far and worked both times. Also, dont know if it would cure this problem but it might, old mechanics trick to clean out an engine is to put about a quart of kerosene in the engine and let it idle for 10 minutes or so, then change it. Same principle as the motor flush crap they sell for more money than its worth at the auto parts stores.

    Ken
     
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    Thanks for the replies

    Tim
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    put about a quart of kerosene in the engine and let it idle for 10 minutes or so

    [/ QUOTE ] You can do the same thing w/ a gallon of diesel. Here's what you need;

    1 case oil
    2 oil filters
    1 gal. diesel

    Here's what you do;
    1. Drain the oil and remove old filter.
    2. Fill the 1st new filter w/ clean oil and install.
    3. Add 1 qt oil & 1 gal. diesel.
    4. Let idle for about 20 mins.
    5. Drain and remove filter.
    6. Fill 2nd new filter w/ oil and install.
    7. Top eng. off w/ oil.

    That gets a HUGE amount of gunk out of the engine. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I've used Sea Foam before. Seems to work well.
     
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    A quart of diesel fuel works good too. Just run it for a short time & then drain, & replace the oil & filter.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Neither. 2 qts tranny fluid, 3 qts motor oil, run for 20 minutes at idle, drain, and fill with your favorite oil and a new filter.

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    that was going to be my recommendation /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif good on ya , TIM /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Id love to try them but Im afraid that it will losen up too much junk and maybe my truck will start to smoke regularly, I dunno Im just apprehensive. Any reason I should worry like that?
     
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    Well I just got the Gunk motor flush and did that.
    The diesel thing didn't fly with the wify, I got that your going to do what to my Suburban look. But that motor flush is just like diesel smells and pours that same, but has a red tint. I then changed the oil and filter and did a dose of sea foam for good measure. We Will see how things run next week. But it is idling much smoother right now. I am going to change the oil at 1000 miles this time just in case things are still getting cleaned out.

    Tim
     
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    You just flushed the engine with deisel fuel /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif. Offroad diesel is red. I always used transmission fluid. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Valvoline makes a engine additive that eliminates lifter tick. Available at a VIOC near you. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    True, GM also has a litfter additive. Guess they were planning for things to come....
     

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