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Old 02-12-2008, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Adding Acetone as an additive to gasoline - worthwhile?

Has anyone heard of this before. I am new to this site so forgive me if it is old news. The claim is that it can inrease your gas mileage by 15 to 35%. It seems very interesting. If you are interested here is the url.


http://www.pureenergysystems.com/new...00069_Acetone/

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http://forum.ecomodder.com/showthrea...hlight=acetone
http://forum.ecomodder.com/showthrea...hlight=acetone

The conclusion seems to be from the results I found using the ecomodder search that it is hard to test and will yield too few results to make it worth the efforts and money. At least in a common car. Perhaps better results could result, so why not try it yourself? The best results are the ones you verify

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Thanks for the replys. SVO and GEN your articles were very interesting and informative . I thank you for your answers. I drive "The Beast" out of necessity and it gets horrible gas mileage. Even worse than usual. I have swithed to a K&N air filter, i started using Bosch platinum plugs, A new O2 sensor wil be added this coming weekend. any direction that can be given in regards to improving my mpg's in any amout would be appreciated. I get anywhere between 11-13 mpg's, but moreso towards 11. Is there a scan gauge or equivelant thaat will work with a 95 Chevy 350 Z71 that you know of? I look forward to your replys. And thanks for the welcome.
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Well, apparently my truck pretty much gets the mileage expected of it according to fueleconomy.gov. 11mpgs/city and 15mpg/highway. That stinks. I guess having horses is more of a pain than i thought.
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Hi havok -

Assuming your truck is in good mechanical order, well tuned & tires always properly inflated...

If you do primarily highway driving, the best advice is to reduce your cruising speed and/or investigate aerodynamic modifications.

If you do mostly urban driving, modifying your driving is the quickest, cheapest route to significant fuel savings.
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Yea it is... say.. it's so cheap, it almost seems as if it is free!!!
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I'm going to add a few oz of gasoline to a tank full of acetone and BLOW YOU GUYS AWAY!!!
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Acetone, winter driving and my Prius

Howdy,

Just found you folks and enjoy this site very much!

My experience with adding acetone to a fill-up with my 2004 Prius:

A few months ago I say a web blog that suggested adding acetone to your gas would enhance the evaporative qualities and combustion of the gas during the burning process.

So I went to Walmart and purchased a 16 oz. bottle of finger-nail polish remover for about two dollars (ONYX Professional "Tips Be Gone").

In a very unscientific study, I added a healthy squirt the next time I filled up (usually between 8.5 to 9.5 gallons per fill-up). Please note that I regularly check my tire pressure and run 44/40 to optimize my mileage.

Now, my past normal driving in the summer has me averaging around 57-62 with LRR original tires and 55-60 with Michelin HydroEdge (I needed more snow/wet traction the the LRRs could deliver).

During the winter in Reno, I have averaged anywhere from 44 to low 50's (depending on such things as running the car to heat it up before I start my commute).

Non-scientific results:

A - Prior to adding acetone I was right in my winter averages 44 to low 50's.

B - After adding approximately 2 oz's of acetone per fill-up for the next eight fill-ups my millage has averaged 55 mpg...

So I seemed to have markedly improved my mileage and I have not noticed and ill effects from adding the acetone.

So that's my story...

All comment welcomed!

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Hi, Tom - welcome to the site.

My comments are ... you've already concluded what I would have said: "Non-scientific results"!

Ever heard the expression "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"? Acetone falls into that category, because there's no solid science to support the claims made on the topic.

On top of that, tank-to-tank comparisons are too fraught with interference from other factors outside your control to be valuable as a way of measuring this kind of stuff.

Your own data proves this: your average range in "normal" use is enormous! 44 to "low 50's" (let's say 51). That's a 16% swing from the lower end!

I'd bet it's far more likely that there is some other, more reasonable, explanation for the difference you've seen than because of acetone. (Did you happen to read this take on the issue from a professional? http://www.fuelsaving.info/acetone.htm )

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