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Old 07-23-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning and maintenance HP gains, any?

I have read that as these cars age they begin to lose power with dirt, grime, wear, etc. I read on a post recently that pulling the TB off and cleaning out the inside of it will remove a lot of gunk, and that he noticed a difference in the throttle response afterwards. Other people say that adding seafoam to the engine will clean it out, regaining lost HP.

I know you can add the seafoam to the gas tank engine oil, but there is also a third place.

Anyways, does anyone have any other good tips of cleaning up the car to recover some lost HP?
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Just keeping your car tuned-up properly makes a pretty big difference. Good spark plugs, air filter, fresh oil, etc., just your normal maintenance stuff, staying on top of all that usually will help you bigtime. If you want to go further, I'd say also go ahead and look into maybe cleaning your MAF screen and TB. I've read nothing but positive results about Seafoam too so you could also look into that as well.
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i have heard sometimes using seafoam take most of the carbon off valves and pistons and could clog elsewhere causing problems. dont remember where tho. possible?
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Oil and Oil Filter
Air Filter
PCV Valve
Fuel Filter
Differential Oil
Transmission Oil
Coolant Flush
Fuel System Cleaner
Spark Plugs and Wires
MAF and TB Cleaning

Those things should help you recover some lost HP
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i seafoamed by buick and ended up failing a spark plug
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After I spend 5+ hours waxing the damn thing I swear it's faster.
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just keep up on maintenance.
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After I spend 5+ hours waxing the damn thing I swear it's faster.
LOL!

I actually plan on starting a separate thread some time soon on what the best waxing and washing products out there are.
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Clean the maf. I noticed a lil gain and better idle but reg management of everything else should be fine id stay way from sea foam in the brake booster it made my car idle like poop and adding it to the oil is ok but not alot I use in my gas every two or 3 fill ups.
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Clean the maf. I noticed a lil gain and better idle but reg management of everything else should be fine id stay way from sea foam in the brake booster it made my car idle like poop and adding it to the oil is ok but not alot I use in my gas every two or 3 fill ups.
You use seafoam every two or three tanks of gas? That's really often. It says to use it on every 2nd or 3rd oil change, and seafoam isn't that cheap either, it's almost $10 a can.
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