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I have a ticking problem. How much seafoam would i put into the oil?

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A ticking noise is normally caused by a lifter. Your car is 11 years old so more than likely is high mileage. There could be some carbon buildup in the lifter or it may just be worn. Purchase a can of Seafoam Motor Treatment at most auto parts stores and walmart. Pour 1.5 ounces of Seafoam for each quart of oil capacity in the crankcase 100 miles before you change your oil & filter. rive that 100 miles, and then change your oil and filter and add Seafoam to the freshly changed oil. Drive the car for 1,000 miles and change the oil & filter again. Repeat the process and then change your oil & filter at 5,000 miles. If you have a sticking liter this will solve the problem. If the lifter is still ticking then it is worn or severely gummed up with carbon. The ticking will do no real harm and is expensive to repair.

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hi putting seafoam in fuel will clean the valves and pistons over time to use to do lifters you need to add to oil measure out the right amount for the oil measurements on the can.. also the tapping is it more when its cold or just the same no matter hot or cold or is it more louder when hot. when was the last time the timing was checked, are you using 5w/30 or 10w/30 oil.

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I just changed my oil and filter but it makes a lil tickn noise makes more noise on driver side what can it be


That is a lash adjuster ticking. I would recommend that you run some seafoam in your engine, it is safe, and it is compatible with all engine oil types. Just substitute the seafoam for the same amount of oil. It is about 10 bucks a can, and you can get it at any auto parts store.

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There is a click or tick in the engine


A click or tick is normally a hydraulic lifter that is sticking. Try this, which I have seen work wonders. Purchase a can of Seafoam Engine Treatment which can be found at most auto and marine stores plus Walmart. Add 1.5 ounces for each quart of oil in the engine. Drive the truck 50 miles and then change the oil using the correct weight as listed in your owner's manual. Change the filter and make sure to use a quality filter such as Mopar, Purolator, Wix, or Bosch. If the tick or click is not completely gone retreat the oil with Seafoam and then drive the truck until the next oil change. The Seafoam will not harm anything and will throughly clean the engine. If the click or tick is still there, you will need to seek professional help. I would bet this solves your problem.

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You may have a dirty lifter with varnish buildup. Try this as it may very well solve the problem. Purchase a can of Seafoam Motor Treatment. Add 1.5 oz of Seafoam for each quart of oil capacity. 4.5 Quarts = 6.75 oz Seafoam. Drive the car until you no longer hear the lifter and then have the oil/filter changed again. Next oil change use a quality filter such as Wix, Mopar, or Purolator. You can purchase Seafoam at almost any auto parts or marine store and at some Walmart stores. Here is their website. http://www.seafoamsales.com/

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How to use seafoam on Z32 (1990. nonturbo)? I dont know how to use on vacuum line ?


there are multiple ways to use seafoam on a z32:
gas tank- just add into gas tank to clean injectors, fuel lines, remove deposits from tank itself and clean the valves.
throttle bodies- while leaving the maf sensor on the intake plugged in remove the throttle body hoses one at a time and SLOWLY pour in a little bit of seafoam as a friend revs to about 2k rpms. hold onto the can because there will be suction that can pull the can into the intake. (essentially this is a vacuum approach.
oil- add whole can to oil through the oil cap. run for about 50 miles and change oil. the longer you leave it in the more it will clean things.

depending on your reasoning for wanting to seafoam it the method that would work best varies.
for ticking lifters- through the oil as the ticking sound is a blocked check valve in one of the lifters causing it to slap against the camshaft.
(wynns hydraulic valve lifter treatment from the uk works wonders too)

for cleaning injectors- through gas

just for an engine flush id put half in oil and half in gas run for 50 or so miles and then do an oil change. the gas will take care of itself.

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Change oil-right now. Use Havoline or Valvoline 10w30. Use only a wix oil filter. Nothing else. Get a can of "Seafoam" at your parts store. Follow directions(EXACTLY!) when putting in oil. At 500 miles, change oil again. Use same high quality oil and parts. Do not use "Seafoam" this time(It cleaned your engine of carbon and junk on the 1st o/c). Then buy a bottle of "Lubeguard" engine treatment. This will fix you right up. Do not use cheap oil or filters on these Fords. It will cause problems. Good Luck.

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Do this first: Change the oil. I recommend Havoline, or Valvoline 10w30. Make sure to use a GOOD quality oil filter(WIX only). Then buy a can of "Seafoam". Follow the instructions exactly! After 500 miles, repeat the process(except for the "Seafoam"). The "Seafoam" should help to clean up any carbon or junk in the engine. When you change the oil again, add "LubeGuard Engine Treatment". This should help stave off the engine replacement blues.

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