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posted 06-02-2004 08:29 AM ET (US)
My dealer suggested that I should run Mercury® QUICKLEEN™ ENGINE TREATMENT (I think that's the name) with my gas on my carburetor 4-stroke engines. I haven't seen this product discussed here, and wonder exactly what it does. The instructions say something like "1 oz. per 6 gallons" ... Could it be just another carburetor cleaner?
posted 06-02-2004 08:45 AM ET (US)
skred, you got it buddy..its just another cleaner and as you probably already know, they're a dime a dozen. That is not to imply the product does not work but lets face it, the dealer is also trying a practice a little legal commerce by pushing products he represents. If it were me, I'd run the best gas (highest octane) my wallet would allow and ocasionally run that product (or any one of hundreds of others that just as good) whenever you had it. Come to think of it, STP gas treatment is cheaper and is a quality carb/injector cleaner that has been on the market for YEARS.
posted 06-02-2004 08:51 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the observation. I found an old thread that said Mercury had a service bulletin out saying to use this product regularly with their Optimax engines. It apparently has some de-carbonizing abilities. I figure to add it to my first tank (45 gal) on my Dauntless, and perhaps do the same every other season, depending on how many hours I put on the engine. I certainly can't hurt.
posted 06-02-2004 10:48 AM ET (US)
If you're going to add anything to your gas, I'd use Chevron's Techron.
posted 06-02-2004 12:55 PM ET (US)
Did you noticed that Mercury® QUICKLEEN™ ENGINE TREATMENT is all synthenic.
In which makes it more expensive.
At west marine this product cost 10 bucks. where as if you buy the other stuff its like 3 bucks.
posted 06-02-2004 05:15 PM ET (US)
A 12 oz bottle of Mercury® QUICKLEEN™ ENGINE TREATMENT treats 72 gallons of fuel.
posted 06-03-2004 05:23 AM ET (US)
Moe's correct....Chevron's Techron is good stuff as well. But lets look a bit "deeper" and back some of this stuff up. I noticed when rebuilding various engines over the years that it was usually easy to tell when only cheap gas (the cheapest, low octane at the pump) was run as the carbs, intake manifold, and piston tops usually told the story. They'd be dirty as hell with carbon, varnish, and other deposits. In truth though, many other factors aside from gas could cause this as well.....timing, carb adjustment, driving habits, etc.
I did rebuild a few motorcycle/car performance engines that had been regularly "treated" with quality gas additives and I must say they tended not to have all the gunk on them. It can't hurt and for the relatively cheap price for many of these additives, it only makes sense in my humble opinion.
posted 06-03-2004 09:37 PM ET (US)
The name of the product:
Mercury Precision Care
With rust inhibitor for 2-cycle and 4-cycle marine engines
QUICKLEEN™ ENGINE TREATMENT
Marine Grade Product
--specially formulated for gasoline used in 2-cycle and 4-cycle marine engines.
--Mercury® Quickleen Engine Treatment is three performance enhancing treatments in one:
----Detergent to clean combustion chamber deposits
----See your engine service and maintenance manual for specific applications and maintenance schedules.
--Keep your engine running longer and stronger with Mercury® Precision Parts.
Part no. 92-802877A 1
posted 06-03-2004 09:52 PM ET (US)
[Changed spelling to proper form in a number of places.]
I think there is another product, something similar, which you can use to help clean out an engine, rather than running it all the time. We ran something through the engines while in British Columbia. As we were going through several hundred gallons of gasoline on the trip, it seemed like a good time to add a little something extra to a tank or two in the process. Or perhaps we just ran the QUICKLEEN at a higher concentration. I don't recall.
I just bought a 12-ounce bottle at the Mercury dealer for $7.
posted 06-03-2004 10:22 PM ET (US)
I've noticed that the Parts people and the Owners Manual writers almost never seem to get it together. My owners manual indicates a preference for "mid range gasoline which contains fuel injector cleaner" but there is no mention of any Mercury carbon cleaner. A bottle that treats 72 gallons isn't to bad, but a lot of fuels already have cleaner added.
posted 06-04-2004 01:05 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all the clarification. Considering it will cost me about $3.50 per season ($7.00 max) I think it's just good proactive policy to use the stuff. My engine has no problems presently, and this will probably help prevent future ones.
I often marvel at - for example - my uncle's 1960's Evinrude 10 hp that he used heavily every spring, summer and fall. He mixed OEM oil with the gas, and fogged the motor every Fall. That motor still runs like new today, and had 1 water pump replaced in all that time. No special additives, enhancers, solvents, etc. Wonder what magic powers he had....
posted 06-04-2004 01:39 PM ET (US)
I use SeaFoam in my car, truck and motorcycle with great results and was wondering if it is similar to QUICKLEEN™.
posted 06-04-2004 07:34 PM ET (US)
Mercury's QUICKLEEN is an excellent product, and highly recommended. Yamaha makes an identical product. I have used it, as recommended by a Mercury mechanic that I trust, who has seen the insides of hundreds of engines, and it's primary purpose is to remove carbon deposits, the great killer of two stroke engines. He says engines where QUICKLEEN has been run are like new inside. ONe of it's active ingredients is Techron I believe. It is not a carb/fuel injector cleaner. This is also incorporated into Mercury's two stroke oils, which is where the TCW-3 designation comes from, as engines using earlier oils suffered destructive carbon build-up.
I have seen how it works on my own engines, keeping the engine combustion chambers and pistons exceptionally carbon free and clean. I don't know about 4-strokes, but if you have a 2-stroke or DFI, you should be using this stuff. A lot of these additives are worthless, but this one is not.
I have been told to use it every 4th tank of gas
posted 06-05-2004 01:12 AM ET (US)
does anyone happen to know the name of the yamaha stuff, and is it any different?
posted 06-05-2004 01:47 AM ET (US)
I don't know the name of the Yamaha product, but I do use a lot of SeaFoam and lots of people swear by it. It has been around for many years.
posted 06-05-2004 08:43 AM ET (US)
The mention of "Sea Foam" sent me on a GOOGLE Search. I found their home page. Their frequent mention of "50 years" causes one to infer the product has been available for some time.
The Material Safety Data Sheet shows the product is primarily "pale oil" and naptha. Curiously, the same document is used for several of their products.
A search for "pale oil" turned up mainly mentions of Cod Liver Oil. Numerous other boating web sites seem to mention the product. The product is made in Minnesota, so it can't be all bad.
posted 06-05-2004 08:48 AM ET (US)
The name of the Yamaha product is "Ring-Free".
I believe the maintenance dose is 1 oz. per 15 gallons of fuel. There is also a higher dosage on the label, if your having problems.
I have always used it, along with Yarmalube in my Yamaha 250 OX66.
I trust it's working....never had a problem.
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