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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 2:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seafoam nightmare!

Well... today I decided to run some Seafoam top engine cleaner through the Velle. While spraying it into the carb, the motor sucked the 6” long little red plastic sprayer tube right off. I pulled the carb, hoping to be able to retrieve it... no luck.

My old man said it’s not a big deal, that the engine will burn it off and it will do no harm.

Everyone agree with that? Or is this a big deal?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 2:37 PM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

Not a big deal. If it were a nut or screw......whole 'nuther outcome!

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 2:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yes, thank god not anything metal. My gut is it’s fine... it should melt off pretty quick and be gone. But..... still disheartening
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

I love that stuff but you really have to follow the direction on the liquid additive. I figured if a little was good, more would be better in the gas. That was until I started the bike and it smoked so bad it killed all the flying bugs in the back yard. jim
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 3:55 PM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

I've had good luck with the three finger gripper on a flexible shaft tool getting stuff out of places it didn't belong.
this is similar to the one I have plus its got a lighted end

https://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/may...6-P137652.aspx

to light up what you're looking at.

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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

If you remember which part of the intake the tube went down it should narrow it down to what port it went into and where it is.I've also had good luck with a big shop vac getting stuff out.I would at least try before letting it go through the engine.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 5:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys... I tried the shop vac and a “grabber” claw ... to no avail. I finally just said screw it... put the carb back on, then drove it for 20 minutes around town and ran her hard. No issues... hopefully the 396 chewed it up and spit it out !
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 6:11 PM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

That's like putting a piece of paper in a garbage disposal....
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 19, 7:35 PM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

They make an Endoscope that connects to a smart phone for very cheap (Less than $25.00). The straw is probably already gone now but, having one of those is handy to have around. We've used them to look into cylinders, transmissions, radiators, etc. Maybe you might want to take a look in the intake runners with one to see if it's still in there.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 19, 1:09 AM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

The Warden bought me an 'As Seen On TV' Lizard Cam at Wallyworld. The damn thing works!

Not bad to have around for times like this.

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You may have just stumbled on a million $$ idea.

A way to dispose of plastic straws.

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Considering I live in The People’s Communists Republic of California I’m surprised they even sell them with plastic straws still!!! 🤣🤣 The one time paper straws would have actually come in handy!
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 19, 4:01 PM
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Well, if you start having a problem, then you know what happened.

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Considering I live in The Peopleís Communists Republic of California Iím surprised they even sell them with plastic straws still!!! 🤣🤣 The one time paper straws would have actually come in handy!
"The People's Communists Republic of California" Wow, that's funny but, it must be awful to live there...
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 19, 5:07 PM
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Re: Seafoam nightmare!

If you pulled the carb right off and couldn't see the straw in the intake runner, then it is either stuck sideways in the intake runner of the head, or it's gone through the piston cycle. I actually think it would be difficult for it to exit through the exhaust valve, so I'd say its been burned away in the combustion chamber.

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