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I was just wondering if anyone knows anything about a fuel injector cleaner called Seafoam (I think)? We just had to put a new central port fuel injection system in our wonderful:rolleyes: Chevy Blazer, and the service manager swears by this product. I also wondered if others use these products on a regular basis...especially in the 'X.

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Seafoam? I hope it doesn't have salt in it!

I would not use anything that is not promoted by an authorized Acura service shop.
Not all cars are created equally, and there can be some materials adversely affected by such treatment.
I have had similar service done on occasion on other cars at dealers. Sometimes it seemed to help. But 'regularly' was usually every 30,000 miles.
 

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Techron Fuel Injector Cleaner

I have been using Techron fuel injector cleaner, made be Chevron, for the last five years. This was recomended to me by a Volvo mechanic. I add one bottle of Techron to my fuel tank at every oil change.

More Info:
http://www.chevron.com/prodserv/nafl/auto/content/fueladd.shtm

For what it's worth, A&H MotorSport, Acura/Honda Performance Specialists, recommends Techrom at their Web site:
http://www.ahmotor.com/product/ahmcat1mt.html#2E

The only local dealer that stocks the product in my area is PepBoys, although Autozone claims that they plan to stock it.

You may want to check with your local Acura Service Department regarding any compatablity issues with the MDX.
 

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I'm using Techron, too. Recommended by my Lexus and Acura dealer. I usually do it a tank or two before a scheduled oil change.

I'm using the "Fuel System Cleaner" rather than just the "injector cleaner" tho.

FWIW Target stores carry them for half of what the local Chevron station charges.
 

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I'm with TheWorm on this one--fuel system cleaner--which Costco carries for even cheaper than Target! 4 for 8 bucks...

I've used it in all my cars and not necessarily every 3000 miles, but within every 10000 mile mark...

Rob :cool:
 

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Thanks...

I will check out that fuel system cleaner - sounds better than just injector cleaner.

Actually, this Seafoam (I think) stuff is supposed to be like any other injector cleaner you use in a tank of gas. I believe he said it is about $8 for a bottle - to a tank of gas every 3 months.

Trying to protect the fuel injection in the 'X should be worth the effort - that wonderful (aka piece of junk) Blazer of mine, on the other hand, may be a futile effort - even with a NEW injection system!:rolleyes:

Thanks again for the suggestions!:)
 

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Techron...Sea Foam...etc

The cost/benefit of any "fuel injector cleaner" is pretty whacked.

The quality of injectors & gasoline have BOTH increased significantly over the past 15 years or so that Techron has been around.

You can pop out all your injectors and have them put through a stand-alone "fluid flushing" machine for under $50, and they will be cleaned to 100% of factory capable flow. ANother "benefit" of such "out of vehicle" cleaning is you can verify/test the balance of all injectors, to make sure they are all flowing the same/correct amount.

Any money spent on "additives" now is better spent on quality "consumables" such as GASOLINE from reputable dealers, FILTERS for air, fuel, & oil, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENCE such as cleaning, checking, and verifying all installed parts (even things such as underhood wires...), and even SMART DRIVING -- avoiding the 'severe duty' that ages mechanical parts at an accelerated rate.
 

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Re: Techron...Sea Foam...etc

renov8r said:
The cost/benefit of any "fuel injector cleaner" is pretty whacked.
I agree...

THere is a billion dollar business selling snake oil- and X Mom summed it up:

"Trying to protect the fuel injection in the 'X should be worth the effort "

In the face of poor or conflicting information, most consumers say 'well, it might help'...

There are A FEW injector cleaners worth there cost. Straight Techron (NOT in the gas, but bottles you add) does work. Also BG44 works very well.

(THose 'spray in the throttle body cleaners: where does all the 'junk' go once it is loosened up? Right, in the engine. Any how does it magically clean the injectors if you are spraying it in the throttle body? )

These only need to be used a few 2-3-4 times a year.

Oh, I'd not automatically trust ANYTHING an 'authorized acura dealership recommends'. or any dealership for that matter.

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(THose 'spray in the throttle body cleaners: where does all the 'junk' go once it is loosened up? Right, in the engine. Any how does it magically clean the injectors if you are spraying it in the throttle body? )

Obviously those are to clean the throttle body, which is another subject entirely.
It's about the only thing a 'foam' product would be used for which was the point. That is not without risk either, as some components like throttle position sensors can be damaged by some chemical treatments.
Actually, Ford developed pulverized walnut shells for induction into the throttle body for cleaning up valves, and from what I understand was fairly effective for that purpose. But with good maintenance, and avoiding lots of short trip driving, that should not be a problem either.
 

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but I believe Mom X was referring to a foam that is sprayed inside the throttle body

No, not another subject entirely... both treatments were beig discussed...

"Actually, Ford developed pulverized walnut shells for induction into the throttle body for cleaning up valves, ...


So what does this mean?

if it is indeed true, does this 'prove' that any gunk loosened by the throttle body cleaning is OK to go through the Acura MDX engine?
 

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No, not another subject entirely... both treatments were beig discussed...

So what does this mean?

if it is indeed true, does this 'prove' that any gunk loosened by the throttle body cleaning is OK to go through the Acura MDX engine?
My mistake, I thought the theme of the topic was fuel additives, that migrated into other procedures as part of clarification and definition.
If you mean introduced into a running engine, and as a ingredient in the combustion process, and then out the exhaust, yes. That is one way such throttle body and/or valve cleaners would work. (Some throttle body cleaners namely the foams, require a pre-soak, but would still get inducted into the engine).
Would it be more advantageous or safer to take off the throttle body and clean it manually? If performed by someone adequately trained, probably so.
But that will not get the valves clean.
Is either process that important to the efficiency or longevity of the engine? I have no idea; I recall reading on such subjects in various publications, but never saw raw data either supporting or not recommending it.
I don't necessarily see it as an "Acura MDX specific" topic, though that is the general focus of the forum of course.
 
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