Monday, July 23, 2018

SEAFOAM


The wet firm sand made walking easy and the sea foam softly caressed my toes. Ah, this was a perfect way to spend the day. Well not exactly.

The Seafoam I am talking about comes in a can and recently saved me a bunch of money, hassle and time.

I was mowing last week when my riding mower suddenly hesitated, throwing me forward and snapping my neck a bit. Huh??

Then it bucked forward again only to lurch again. Rats, it was dying.   I managed to limp it to the shed and went to work doing the few things I knew how to do.  I cleaned the air filter and saw the fuel filter probably needed changing so I decided it might be time for a tune up.

I went to town to get a new fuel filter and spark plug. I told the guy at the parts store what was happening and he said.  "Have you tried Seafoam in the gas?"

I thought he was kidding with me like when my dad sent me looking for a "sky hook" one day when I was an impressionable child.  This guy however was serious.

He came back with this can.
He said to give it a try so I did.  At first it only ran a little bit better after I had changed the filters and put in the new plug but the more I ran it and kept adding the liquid along with each fill up, it healed itself.

You know me when I find something that really works great, I have to share. So if you or your better half have small engine problems, before you panic, try this product. It will really clean your carburetor.

Saved me trailering my mower 50 miles one way to have it worked on. That is my public service announcement for this month.  You are welcome.

41 comments :

  1. I am so glad to hear that it worked for you. And of course you would share it. BTW, I am in the middle of the book you mentioned, Jerusalem Gap, and enjoying it thoroughly. I don't want it to end so I read a little before I fall asleep every night. :-)

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    1. Djan,
      Know what you mean. If there is one fault with that book, it is that it's too short. Savor it.

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  2. One of my biggest motivations for selling my house in the country (with its one acre of lawn) and moving into a condo was my complete lack of mechanic ability and fear of something happening to the riding mower. Actually, I did learn I could handle some minor mechanical issues, but I really would rather not have to. Maybe if I'd known about this stuff . . .

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    1. Olga,
      I too have that fear and really don't have the means to buy a new one. So glad to have found a stop gap solution for now.

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  3. I will send this along to my son right after I write this … a great tip and, since your recommendations have all been good ones in the past, I believe it !!

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    1. Ginnie,
      He may all ready know about it but if not it is a very useful tool.

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  4. We have a sit on mower which we have to get serviced every year, and it costs a lot, I'll definitely give this a go first!

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    1. Joey,
      It is inexpensive, easy and from what I have read, can't hurt anything. I plan to put some in once a month as kind of a preventive.

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    1. Jean R,
      Never heard of the candy. Googled it and now I want some.

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  6. Thanks for the tip! We use Seafoam in the motorcycles to store them for the winter, and put mower on trickle charger...but probably would not have thought to put Seaform in the mower! Eureka!

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    1. Nawm,
      Good to know it is good for bikes also. I plan to use it as a precaution once a month.

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  7. You cleaned the air filter, changed the fuel filter, changed the plug and know about dirty corroborators? I think I am in love!

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    1. joeh,
      Ha ha. When a lady has been single a good bit of her life, she learns to watch and pay attention when the current studly works on things. Good to know when there isn't a studly handy.

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  8. Always good to learn a new trick. Now I just need to get a small motor.

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    1. Linda,
      Ha ha, that would be handy to have for this to work.

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  9. That is a great story. I will definitely tell Roger about that Seafoam. I would love it some time if you would post a selfie of you and your riding mower.

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    1. robin,
      Thanks. Well I have never done requests before but pretty sure I can pull this one off. Maybe next week.

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  10. I wonder if I could move easier if I tried a little on (in?) myself?

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    1. Fran,
      Kind of wondered that myself. If nothing else, we might sputter and lurch less.

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  11. Isn't it wonderful to find something that works???? And --you certainly didn't have to spend the money you thought you might have to.... That is AWESOME...Thank God for HONEST people who didn't try to sell you an entire new lawnmower or something.....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy.
      Loved the motor ER in a can. I have had someone try to sell me a new mower saying mine couldn't be fixed, only to take it to another who fixed it for $75. I always get a second opinion now.

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  12. That is great that it worked for you. Hope your neck is okay. I had never heard of this product, wish I had known about it back in my mowing days. Hugs

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    1. Maggie,
      Neck is fine. I'm sure it has been around a while but this was the first I'd heard of it.

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  13. Sounds like you knew what to do even before the seafoam. But learning about new stuff is always good, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Inger,
      Well I could only take it so far. Seafoam too, it all the way to fixed. I always hope what I learn will help someone else.

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  14. And your lesson in how to exhale while on the toilet has been ever so helpful to me!

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    1. Inger,
      That really works doesn't it? It is second nature with me now.

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  15. I'm impressed by how handy dandy you are, even without the Seafoam.

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    1. Linda R,
      I always watch when someone is helping me. If it doesn't take special tools or strength, then I feel I can do it next time.

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  16. I hope everybody who needs this remedy is reading this or passing it on to someone else.

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    1. River,
      That would make me happy. Sometimes just filing it away for future use is also helpful.

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  17. I am totally impressed good blogger buddy. In WI I mowed the lawn for two years until my son was old enough. The first time he used the mower I stopped him because I thought he broke the handle. Part of it was flipped forward. Nope, not broken. He was putting it in self-propel mode. Stupid me. I had pushed the dang thing all that time.

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    1. Carolyn,
      OMG that is just too funny. Priceless. And you did it for 2 years? Bet that story gets retold at family gatherings.

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  18. Wow, thanks. I am going to try this on our lawn mower that will only start for my husband. I'll show him!

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    1. Snickelfritz,
      Hum, are you sure you want to? As long as it only starts for him, that kind of locks him into the job.

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  19. I wish I could drop it in my truck's cranky injectors. Lovely stuff indeed.

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    1. Mage,
      Actually according to Google it can be used in cars and trucks, gas or diesel.

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  20. Do they have Sea Foam for people? My carburetor could use a little pick-me-up!

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  21. Interesting. I've never seen or heard of this. Will definitely remember this. Thanks.

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  22. Dear Patti, thanks for sharing. I'll let my brother know about Sea Foam. I always learn so much from your posts!!! Peace.

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