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Old 10-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Seafoam? Anyone use this stuff?



I'm new into the bmw scene I just bought a 1995 325is (coupe) I love this body style and look. I picked up the car for a great deal but with 200+km the seller said the car had sat for awhile because he switched into a Lincoln ls, I went down spent a full day looking over it I knew I was getting into a project but that's what I wanted due to working seasonal I need something to keep me busy in the winter.

Car runs great shifts smooth but sometimes when at idle I notice the car running around 1100-1300rpms then at other times it runs around 800-900 whenever it decides to run around the 800-900 marker my check engine light comes on.

Any advice would be great of course but I was thinking about sea foaming the car to clean whatever is in there out. If using sea foam is a good idea how exactly do I use it properly? I've been looking up videos and read ups all over the net but I can't come across one that does it on an e36 v6.

Has anyone ever done this? Some advice would be great!

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Seafoam? I thought about it for my car that had sat for over a year but just driving it on fresh gas bought it to life. An engine that is crudded up internally isn't going to idle high just because it's dirty.

For your high idle condition, if it was an old E30 I'd say vacuum leak*, but it could be it's a tired battery or alternator and the car is by the wonders of modern-ish car electronics is trying to maintain voltage. Does your car have a voltmeter?

*Google "E36 high idle" instead of seafoam.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/t...p?h=1&t=491550
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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Seafoam does not work on e36 v6 motors. You need to look for bmw v6 engine cleaners. Best place to find them is the dealer.
Make sure you ask specifically for a v6 engine cleaner, because them dealership dummies may sell you one for an in-line engine.
My buddy, Racer, ruined his e36 v6 with the in-line engine cleaner and had to buy a mazda.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:44 AM   #4
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I did it to my 95 325i, lots of smoke, lambda CEL went off, thats it. Did it help? Well that smoke didn't come from no where so it cleaned something up. High idle - vac leak, and see if the throttle body is closing fully and then look at cleaning the ICV. Does your idle bounce ever?
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Seafoam does not work on e36 v6 motors. You need to look for bmw v6 engine cleaners. Best place to find them is the dealer.
Make sure you ask specifically for a v6 engine cleaner, because them dealership dummies may sell you one for an in-line engine.
My buddy, Racer, ruined his e36 v6 with the in-line engine cleaner and had to buy a mazda.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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where can you get seafoam from?
canadian tire has never heard of it....
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:33 PM   #7
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Partsource near me has it millcreek drive mississauga
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #8
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where can you get seafoam from?
canadian tire has never heard of it....
The CT near me sells it
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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The CT near me sells it
The staff at ct over on Leslie and lakeshore have never even heard of it
I'll try the others
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:47 AM   #10
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Seafoam does not work on e36 v6 motors. You need to look for bmw v6 engine cleaners. Best place to find them is the dealer.
Make sure you ask specifically for a v6 engine cleaner, because them dealership dummies may sell you one for an in-line engine.
My buddy, Racer, ruined his e36 v6 with the in-line engine cleaner and had to buy a mazda.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
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I did it to my 95 325i, lots of smoke, lambda CEL went off, thats it. Did it help? Well that smoke didn't come from no where so it cleaned something up. High idle - vac leak, and see if the throttle body is closing fully and then look at cleaning the ICV. Does your idle bounce ever?
My idle bounces all the time when it runs low the engine light comes on when it runs high the light goes away.
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