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Acetone for added gas mileage

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Shotgunbutch, Oct 25, 2010.

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  1. Shotgunbutch

    Shotgunbutch Member

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    Has anyone used pure acetone in their gas for increased mileage?

    I have read that it works and that it does not work, that it is harmful to
    car parts and that it is not harmful.

    What do you know?

    Arnie
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    You might want to read:

    http://www.pureenergysystems.com/news/2005/03/17/6900069_Acetone/
     
  3. Straight99

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    NO. Unless you do not care for your exhaust valves and pistons. It is not the corrosion but the speed of the burn that makes the heat of combustion.
     
  4. g7777777

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    Why would you want to do this?

    To discover something that all the car drivers and oil companies in the world are keeping secret?
     
  5. timb99

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    You'e probably far better off driving slower to improve your fuel mileage.
     
  6. Quack Shot

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    I'd be careful about introducing acetone into a fuel system. It might not save enough fuel to pay for a new fuel pump or other fuel system parts that it could potentially damage. Some flex fuel vehicles could be VERY costly to repair. I would research it quite a bit before trying it out and try it ONLY in a disposacar. One that you can remove the tags from and leave it where it died.
     
  7. wolfram

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    A lot of 'fuel treatments' are mostly acetone. I can see how a little acetone would help get water out of your fuel system and possibly help clean out varnish deposits. I tried some in my Landcruiser a couple of years ago and I thought I got better milage on the first tank of gas with about one pint of acetone mixed in. In reality it was probably more a matter of trying to get better milage on my part by keeping my foot out of it. The second attempt was no better than the milage I get with normal gasoline.

    I have heard that some racers use various mixtures containing acetone to target specific combustion temeratures but that is way out of my league.
     
  8. Quack Shot

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    I doubt that acetone would help remove water. Isopropanol might do a better job of that. As for cleaning anything, it would likely have very little effect, since it would be very diluted.
     
  9. JerryP

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    acetone isn't cheap. I would be miles ahead spending that money on gas.
    As for cleaning varnish deposits, the best product for that is.....gasoline.
     
  10. Savage99Stan

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    Figure out what the acetone costs, add it to the fuel cost/gallon and see if it is worth it...plus the risk to the catalytic converter, fuel pump, and so on.
     
  11. wolfram

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    Surface tension guys. That is the little trick acetone does ... reduces suface tension especially with our favorite solvent water. That being done, guess what, the water becomes part of the mix and then it is gone.
     
  12. OldRemFan

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    I believe W. C. Fields may have had a valid point.
     
  13. timb99

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    I think that was P. T. Barnum.
     
  14. phirel

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    Ethanol that is already in gasoline will take care of any water in the tank. I have also noticed that when I use gasoline with ethyl alcohol added, my car starts driving a little erratically. Can an automobile be cited for DUI?

    Pat Ireland
     
  15. OldRemFan

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    timb99

    I think you are right
     
  16. JerryP

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    It was P T Barnum who said " there is a sucker born every minute" , W C Fields added "and two to take him."
     
  17. zeroed4x

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    You ought to see what happens to your "in-tank" fuel pump when you use Acetone or those so called fuel system cleaners.

    It eats the seals out of them and then you spend $700+ to get it fixed.

    Don't F with it. Change your fuel and air filter more often.
     
  18. sliverbulletexpress

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    If you read the article is says to use 1-3 OUNCES PER 10 GAL OF GASOLINE, if you use too much the mileage actually goes down. I haven't tried it so I don't know if it would help but that is surely not enough to hurt anything and would be fairly cheap to try.
     
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