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Old 10-17-2011, 04:45 PM
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ATF in fuel to clean engine???

So a friend of mine suggested running a quart of ATF in a full tank of fuel to clean the engine out. He claims that his family does this once a year to their diesels both trucks and farm equipment. I am wondering if anyone has every done this and does it work? Thank you for any insight.
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When I bought my truck a couple of months ago. I asked a co-worker about fuel additives, he told me the same thing. I haven't used the ATF, I didn't know whether to believe him or not.

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I'd be more apt to run Sea Foam through the engine because that's what it's designed for.
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Hum..... well, I dont exactly see how a qt would clean injectors. Now your truck can run on ATF, heck you can run a lot of ATF.

Also - anyone have any thoughts on sea foam? I havent heard much good stuff.

I am thinking if you need to clean your injectors, I would get a GOOD addidtive such as Opti Lube XPD. Maybe run a heavy dose of that.
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I haven't ever heard anything bad about Sea Foam. Can't say I've seen any lab results that says it actually cleans like it says it does.
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I know dealer techs that burn used ATF and even some filtered engine oil as fuel in old 7.3's. Not that I'd recommend it unless you're fond of changing out injectors on a somewhat regular basis.
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I just did about 10 minutes looking around. I am finding that people are stating that ATF will help clean. It looks like about half the people out there like Sea Foam, the other half dont.

I guess its like anything - see what works. I have found luck with the Opti Lube stuff.
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So a friend of mine suggested running a quart of ATF in a full tank of fuel to clean the engine out. He claims that his family does this once a year to their diesels both trucks and farm equipment. I am wondering if anyone has every done this and does it work? Thank you for any insight.
I use it all the time. I try to put it in about every third or fourth fill up. Never had a problem only good results. Just pulled the injectors with 456k miles on them and they were almost spotless.






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Every time I change my fuel filter, I fill the bowl with ATF and run it.
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So how much do you add? I thought this might work as ATF is full of detergents, but was just a little skeptical. I will pour a quart in tomorrow as I just filled her up as well as change the fuel filter thanks for the help. Keep the coments comming.

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I use it all the time. I try to put it in about every third or fourth fill up. Never had a problem only good results. Just pulled the injectors with 456k miles on them and they were almost spotless.






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