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Using Acetone To Boost MPG
A hot topic on the internet lately is using acetone to boost gas or diesel mileage. There seems to be lots of evidence the idea works but there are a few things to watch out for. Here's what we've been able to find out.
  Acetone is the main ingredient in paint thinner and fingernail polish remover. You want to make sure you use 100 percent pure acetone (available at drugstores). But you must be careful since it's very flammable if stored improperly, and it'll take the paint off your vehicle if you're not careful when pouring it into the tank. It's also very important to know your vehicle since acetone can wear away plastic components. Most fuel systems are made of higher quality components but some problems have been reported on a few vehicles.
  Added to fuel in small amounts, acetone aids in the vaporization of gasoline or diesel, increasing fuel efficiency, engine longevity, and performance. Use 1 to 3 oz. of pure acetone per 10 gal. of gasoline. In a 10-gal. tank of diesel, use from 1 to 2 oz. of acetone. Reports of mileage increases of 25 percent or more are common.
  For detailed information, and hundreds of reports on the effect of adding acetone to fuel, go to: http://www.pureenergysystems.com/news/2005/03/17/6900069_ Acetone/. Or go to Google.com and search up "acetone as fuel additive" to find a number of websites and individual reports from people who have tried the idea over a long period of time.

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4