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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:03 AM
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Won't help. The package is already somewhere between CA and AL in a FedEx vehicle. I'll just have to wait....which I don't do well.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:05 AM
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:20 AM
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Here's my "winter proofing" list so far. I'll probably tackle it all weekend after next when the parts get here from the Vaterland.

-Replace Heater Hoses/Main Coolant line
-Install Oil Catch can
-Replace booster vacuum hose
-Seafoam to purge all the oil that was getting into the intake
-Replace MTL fluid in trans to D4 ATF
-Change oil
-Replace lower steering U-joint
-Replace alternator bearing
-Adjust shocks to "soft"
-Screw down parcel shelf so it stops squeaking at me

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:22 AM
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Here's my "winter proofing" list so far. I'll probably tackle it all weekend after next when the parts get here from the Vaterland.

-Replace Heater Hoses/Main Coolant line
-Install Oil Catch can
-Replace booster vacuum hose
-Seafoam to purge all the oil that was getting into the intake
-Replace MTL fluid in trans to D4 ATF
-Change oil
-Replace lower steering U-joint
-Replace alternator bearing
-Adjust shocks to "soft"
-Screw down parcel shelf so it stops squeaking at me

Sigh.
seafoam = questionable esp on our high mileage babies but then again sucking a little through the brake booster cant be that bad :O
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:26 AM
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-Replace lower steering U-joint
Have fun with that. Hint: thick flat-blade screwdriver with the tip ground back to use as a wedge in the knuckle slots. I have one in my toolbox just for that job.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:54 AM
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seafoam = questionable esp on our high mileage babies but then again sucking a little through the brake booster cant be that bad :O
There's really nothing bad seafoam can do for a high mileage engine...


I hate to be the one to say it, but you seem to talk out of your ass a lot... You'll probably fit in well with the bimmerforums crowd.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:57 AM
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There's really nothing bad seafoam can do for a high mileage engine...



I hate to be the one to say it, but you seem to talk out of your ass a lot... You'll probably fit in well with the bimmerforums crowd.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:06 AM
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Won't help. The package is already somewhere between CA and AL in a FedEx vehicle. I'll just have to wait....which I don't do well.
I've had to contact the shipper before and pick up packages at the depot, opposed to letting them get sent out on the final truck. Can save you quite a few hours if you get it yourself.

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seafoam = questionable esp on our high mileage babies but then again sucking a little through the brake booster cant be that bad :O
Seafoam is an extremely good product. It is one of those highly recommended in the motorcycle world for winterizing your gas/tank. Especially for older bikes. Fuel injected, carbeurated, and all.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:12 AM
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Have fun with that. Hint: thick flat-blade screwdriver with the tip ground back to use as a wedge in the knuckle slots. I have one in my toolbox just for that job.
Thanks, I have a big flathead I can modify if needed. Its a lower priority thing, but I'd like to tackle it if I can. I already have the part, and I'm sick of my car wandering around on the highway despite the fact that every bushing on my front end looks like it was just born.

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seafoam = questionable esp on our high mileage babies but then again sucking a little through the brake booster cant be that bad :O
Justification? Source? Seafoam is basically pure petroleum, all its going to do is break down some sludge and get rid of unwanted moisture. I've only done it through the vacuum lines before, I think this time I'm going to run it in the oil for a bit before I change it, and run it through the fuel system as well.

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There's really nothing bad seafoam can do for a high mileage engine...


I hate to be the one to say it, but you seem to talk out of your ass a lot... You'll probably fit in well with the bimmerforums crowd.
+1. People come to this forum to learn about their car. You don't need to be a master mechanic to post here, but at least have a source or personal experience to back it up when you tell someone a product is bad.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:26 AM
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I think he was confused at the fact that if sludge was keeping something tight and cleaning that sludge will cause things to leak or something like that ( at least I read that here at some point)
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:33 AM
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I think he was confused at the fact that if sludge was keeping something tight and cleaning that sludge will cause things to leak or something like that ( at least I read that here at some point)
I've heard that concept too but I don't think I really subscribe to it. I might be concerned another brand of "treatment" with more chemicals in it, running the risk of drying up gaskets and seals and causing leaks.

But if sludge is the only thing keeping my motor watertight I think I'd probably be having some other issues, and since seafoam is just petroleum, its no more corrosive to seals and gaskets than oil or fuel is.

I've had good results with it in the past, I'm not concerned about using it again.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:21 PM
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Beamer Claus has been fine here.

At any rate, the way I look at it is this: Sea Foam won't perform miracles, but I've heard only good things about it and nothing bad. Most people seem to report that it's helpful, and those that don't simply say that it didn't make their improperly running car start running properly. I've used it in my fuel tank, and I'd love to pull some in through my vacuum line, but I'd probably get arrested for all the smoke produced by cleaning the carbon deposits out.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:14 PM
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Beamer Claus has been fine here.

At any rate, the way I look at it is this: Sea Foam won't perform miracles, but I've heard only good things about it and nothing bad. Most people seem to report that it's helpful, and those that don't simply say that it didn't make their improperly running car start running properly. I've used it in my fuel tank, and I'd love to pull some in through my vacuum line, but I'd probably get arrested for all the smoke produced by cleaning the carbon deposits out.
I think that's a fair assessment. The most surprising thing I've ever seen it do was when we thought Jake's miata had a seized piston ring. (It was the PCV valve). He ran a treatment through the vacuum lines, drove it for ten minutes and I'll be damned if it didn't clean out all the oil residue and make it temporarily stop smoking. It came back because the PCV was still pouring oil back into the intake, but the product definitely does what it says it does.

The smoke it produces is pretty insane. I was passing a dealership the other day and saw a Corvette that was obviously getting a seafoam treatment because it was whiting out the entire lot of the dealership as the dude puttered along the little service road in front of it.

If you wanted to do your car I'd say just do it at home when the motor is already warm, and immediately hop in and drive it along some less traveled routes until it clears up, maybe 10 minutes.

If you're really concerned, drive out to the middle of nowhere with a friend, do the treatment on the side of the road, and then drive the hell out of it.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:55 AM
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I think he was confused at the fact that if sludge was keeping something tight and cleaning that sludge will cause things to leak or something like that ( at least I read that here at some point)
Same idea as chemical flushing your tranny bad things can happen just saying sorry if im the worst case scenario person here ladies
i believe that seafoam even says not reccomended for higher mileage cars read that more then once and maybe watched too many YT vids of mustangs dying after i think the valves can get screwed up my gramps had a bad story about a 442 that he seafoamed and it messed the thing up pretty bad its supposed to liquify gunk but when you get enough i mean once that craps free its going to circulate a little before its burnt off...Once again worst case scenario guys sorry. im sure youll be fine i seafoamed my 318 didnt do much to be honest just smoked like a mofo i mean insanity haha pull didnt feel better or anything but hey still ran great after
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I've seen cases where sea foam just went in and out and did nothing, and I've even seen cases where sea foam polished clean pistons with 6 years of carbon. So I'm neither here nor there about it, if anything it's worth trying.
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Same idea as chemical flushing your tranny bad things can happen just saying sorry if im the worst case scenario person here ladies
yeah i see your point,

and plus the auto trannies are just sissys

but it does make sense that seafoam is petro and that its no worse than whats in motor oil and other oil based stuff.

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I've seen cases where sea foam just when in and out and did nothing, and I've even seen cases where sea foam polished clean pistons with 6 years of carbon. So I'm neither here nor there about it, if anything it's worth trying.
I used in my intake like 3 times it never smoked 2 out 3 times

then the one time it did smoke it was at start up for like 2 seconds then ive never seen smoke from my car ever

so i guess its clean in there
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:04 AM
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Oh i remember now! 02 sensors and cats when all that gunk is released it can destroy your cats and 02's regardless of what they say i doubt its all liquified and even if it is look at the crap coming out the tail pipes
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I've seen cases where sea foam just went in and out and did nothing, and I've even seen cases where sea foam polished clean pistons with 6 years of carbon. So I'm neither here nor there about it, if anything it's worth trying.
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Oh i remember now! 02 sensors and cats when all that gunk is released it can destroy your cats and 02's regardless of what they say i doubt its all liquified and even if it is look at the crap coming out the tail pipes
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Well, I never said I didn't like you. Just wanted to remind you to think before you make claims about something.

Apparently you didn't take my advice at all, because now you're saying that Seafoam can destroy your cats and O2s. Where is actual information on this happening?
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