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Posted on 07/26/2005 10:55:35 AM PDT by rface
Many months ago, I read a post on FR about adding acetone to gasoline to increase mileage. I tried the method outlined in the posting and paid attention to the naysayers and to those who thought that the idea might work.
Heres the FR thread that I am referring:
Acetone In Fuel Said to Increase Mileage 15-35%
The original paper:
Pure Energy Systems: Acetone In Fuel Said to Increase Mileage
I immediately noticed that my 1996 Ford Explorer w/ 5.0 L V8 increased from 16 mpg to 19 or 20 mpg. This was a substantial increase, so I have added acetone to my gasoline for some 700 gallons of gasoline --- which equates to around 33 tankfuls of gas or 13,000 miles. I now add 10 ml acetone/gal of gasoline at every fuel stop.
My Ford Explorer has about 175,000 miles on it, and the Check Engine light (probably Oxygen sensor) has been on for about 50,000 miles but it runs good and uses no oil. I have changed the oil regularly and I keep my tires at ~35 lbs of air pressure. Its a good running Ford and it looks good --- when I get around to cleaning it up.
I was driving home from work a few days ago and something didnt look right on my dashboard something was wrong.
I looked again at the oil pressure gauge. Okay. Temperature? Okay. Voltmeter? Okay. Hmmmmm. The Check Engine light is off.
Whats up with that?? Probably the dang bulb finally burned out.
No biggie. The Ford still runs good and I was tired of seeing that Check Engine light stare me in the face.
When I got home, I turned the engine off, and then re-turned the key to the accessory switch .and the dash board lit up as it was supposed to . Including my Check Engine light!
Results: Yes, folks. Acetone in your gasoline will increase your mpg and it will make your Check Engine light go off.
Lesson Learned: This is just another example of the truth in the philosophy that I occasionally go by: If you ignore a problem long enough, it will go away.
My best milage was a trip to Chicago that I logged 21.8 mpg for the trip up......400 miles. I kept the speed at betwee 65 and 68 mph and it was all smooth highway miles - with the air conditioner off. It was a hot day too.<>I hope this has been posted under the proper headings.
bump for my hubby. we've got a few old cars we can experiment on!
interesting... I have to wonder what it's doing to rubber fittings though.
W, what do you think?
Plus which, you can use your gasoline to remove fingernail polish.
That is a 15% to 25% increase! Wow!
Too bad I can't use the tip, both my trucks are diesel. The low sulphur fuel is already low on lubrication, the acetone would be much worse!
acetone, at wal~mart costs ~$11.00 a gal. in the paint section.
Is it true that the coolant tank should be filled regularly with Gatorade?
What is the EPA milage estimate for that vehicle?
....no problems w/ rubber gaskets or fittings yet.
How much does a gallon of acetone cost?
I just bought a "check engine light" zapper. It works very very well.
About 12 - 15 bucks.
That's what I was thinking - the casing of some fuel filters are plastic and some fuel lines might be affected over time too. I know a few ounces per tank full isn't much, but acetone can disolve plastics and rubber.
My owners manual said PowerAde. They were very specific too!
Not sold yet, but an interesting read...something to look into a little more...
Thanks for the info, I have added acetone to the gas in my 95 Caprice, not consistantly enough to check the mileage. The check engine light comes on intermittantly, I had my mechanic check it, it wouldn't come on when he had it, he said not to worry about it, if it starts staying on all the time he will probably be able to find the problem.
I noticed that it doesn't come on as often when there is acetone in the gas.
Isn't that acetate that removes nail polish?
Well I had to put Tang in my new washing machine to get rid of some silly smell. Manufacture recommended.