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Acetone as a Fuel Additive?

05/08/2009 4:03 AM

Dear all,

I have ever heard that acetone could increase your car mileage..

Is it really true? What is the side effect in car engine?

I haven't tried, but i have known that acetone is really corrosive.

Why do people mix their "pure" gasoline with this corrosive substance?

Thanks for your sharing..

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Re: Acetone For Fuel Additive

05/08/2009 5:55 AM

Yup, I read it, tried it for a while... no obvious noticeable change.

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Re: Acetone For Fuel Additive

05/08/2009 6:10 AM

Corrosive is the wrong word, as acetone is not acidic in the "hydrochloric acid" sense of the word. Acetone is a powerful solvent, and will attack polystyrene among other plastics, while having little to no effect on metals. It has a combustion energy that is comparable with propane, a similar-sized and related molecule, and these are much lower than heptane and octane, found in petrol. So in substituting for the latter it is unlikely to contribute to improved economy from a petrol combustion engine. Therefore the rumours are probably false.

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Re: Acetone For Fuel Additive

05/11/2009 10:44 AM

Acetone has a high evaporation rate. It's higher then lacquer thinner.

I don't think it would help get better gas mileage.

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05/08/2009 11:44 AM

I use 'PEP', a methanol/acetone based fuel additive for K1 & K2 for oil furnaces. I use it in my 'salamander' down in the shop, just 'till the heat from the wood stove kicks in, and it does give a much cleaner flame. For those of you who have an oil burner or run diesel, check the sediment cup next time you change filters. Then add a little bit of 'PEP' and watch all that mess clear right up. I think that is the major advantage. Add a pint to a 225 gal. oil tank, or about an 1oz. for each 10/12 gallons of fuel.

Warning: Nasty stuff, and a drop will ruin your paint job, instantly. Don't wipe it off! It will only spread the mess.

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05/09/2009 12:05 AM

It totally ruins my nail polish!

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05/09/2009 12:22 AM

I found a really neat other use for acetone. I got a spray bottle and sprayed just a little into my "Potato Cannon". I shot that spud more than half way across a local lake, estimated the distance to be over 600 ft.. Not too shabby for just a little spray of acetone.

Hey Kids! Leave this stuff to me the professional, potato cannons have an ugly habit of being over stressed. You might lose your fingering finger.

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Re: Acetone as a Fuel Additive?

05/09/2009 3:46 AM

Just isn't true- I tried for while- think maybe if lot of gunk in carby/fuel will help remove, so could be a 1 off effect- scammers will try anything to get your money- like hho!. If you think petrol is pure- you are deluding yourself!. The companies are using all sorts of additives & adulterants in name of profits!.

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Re: Acetone as a Fuel Additive?

05/09/2009 8:46 AM

It is liable to damage rubber or plastic parts of your fuel system, especially if used in high concentrations.

Also has a very high evaporation rate.

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05/09/2009 2:45 PM

People should take note of Federal Law. It is ILLEGAL to introduce/use any material in gasoline that has not been approved by the EPA for use in gasoline.

Acetone is much more costly than gasoline. Acetone does not increase miles per gallon or miles per pound. Acetone WILL attack (dissolve, cause to crack, cause to deteriorate rapidly) many elastomers like flexible fuel lines, plastic components on and in fuel pumps, fuel injectors, valve stem seals, engine gaskets, etc.

It IS an excellent solvent for many gum deposits left by cheap gasolines with inadequate detergents. Federal minimum specifuications for gasoline do require detergency, just not near enough.

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Re: Acetone as a Fuel Additive?

05/09/2009 4:45 PM

The acetone as a fuel additive thing has been on some of the automotive forums for several years. It doesn't work - period. You will still find a few people out there who insist that it does and that they have proved it and continue to circulate this nonsense.

This rumor even was covered by "Snopes"

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/acetone.asp

Some of these people are most likely the same ones who bought into the miracle carburetor story.

http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/carburetor.asp

Just more garbage from the "conspiracy buffs" that are out there.

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Re: Acetone as a Fuel Additive?

05/12/2009 2:59 AM

Well...

Thanks guys.. I knew it useless.

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