Will Sea Foam help a motor acting like it’s going to stop or not getting gas? [SOLVED]

Will Sea Foam Motor Treatment stop the motor from acting like it wants to run but it stops or it’s not getting gas?

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Jim D.
Jim D.
4 months ago

Thanks for the question, Ann.

There’s a good chance that Sea Foam can help depending on what’s causing the problem. Sea Foam in fuel does a great job cleaning up gum and varnish in a fuel system. Gum and varnish is a very common cause of engine trouble like you’re describing in small engines. So, if the problem is caused buy a dirty fuel system, Sea Foam in the gas will probably help.

Assuming you’re talking about a small engine, here’s what I’d do:

  • Add a high dosage of Sea Foam to a low amount of fuel. For small engine equipment (like chainsaws, weed wackers, anything with a small tank), use a 1:2 ratio of Sea Foam to fuel. In something like a 4-wheeler or larger mower, add at least 8 ounces of Sea Foam to a low amount of fresh fuel in the gas tank – try to be around 3 or 4 parts gasoline to 1 part Sea Foam.
  • Start the engine and let it idle for 8-10 minutes to allow the Sea Foam mixture to flow through the carburetor circuits, then shut off the engine.  [If an engine does not run or won’t idle, remove spark plugs and crank or rope pull the engine several times to draw the concentration through the carburetor circuits.]
  • Let the engine sit to soak for several hours. Overnight is great, or soak up to three days if you have the time.
  • Run the engine after the soak period.  Once the engine has idled for at least 5 minutes, add more fresh gasoline and let it idle for another 5 minutes. Then operate as normal – more engine compression and heat will increase the rate of cleaning.

If you’re talking about a vehicle, it’s also worth a shot, though it very likely could be caused by something else. Wait until you have a very low tank of fuel (1/8 tank or less), add an entire can of Sea Foam High Mileage, and drive it until almost empty before refueling with fresh fuel. That will do a great job cleaning and help the problem if it’s caused by a dirty fuel system.

Hope that helps!n