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acetone better mpg???

what do you guys think about this you think it will work and do you think it will work with my truck that can run off ethanol or just unleaded gas?
http://www.wisebread.com/can-acetone...ur-gas-mileage
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Try it and see. Don't use too much as it's hostile to o-rings and what not. In weak solution (dissolved in your gasoline) though it'd take a long time to do anything.

Some say it worked better in carbeurators but less well in injected vehicles. I haven't tried it but I know how it's supposed to work. This argument goes on and on -- mostly between folks who haven't tried it, lol.

The main problem would seem to be concerns about damaging sealing rings -- but again some reliable sources say that's nonsense at the concentrations you'd use.

Believe no one whom you don't personally know and you've seen their results. People get hung up on being "right" and cite "proof" that can't be verified.

I'm thinking about trying it just so I can say what I've found out about it. Maybe soon.
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dont use it. just as stupid as those who put finger nail polish remover in their tank.
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why is it stupid?
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Try it and see. Don't use too much as it's hostile to o-rings and what not. In weak solution (dissolved in your gasoline) though it'd take a long time to do anything.

Some say it worked better in carbeurators but less well in injected vehicles. I haven't tried it but I know how it's supposed to work. This argument goes on and on -- mostly between folks who haven't tried it, lol.

The main problem would seem to be concerns about damaging sealing rings -- but again some reliable sources say that's nonsense at the concentrations you'd use.

Believe no one whom you don't personally know and you've seen their results. People get hung up on being "right" and cite "proof" that can't be verified.

I'm thinking about trying it just so I can say what I've found out about it. Maybe soon.
honestly, if you say youre willing to try it, then so would I. I will have to do more research, adding any substance to my gas is a little unnerving eh?
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dont use it. just as stupid as those who put finger nail polish remover in their tank.
WOW You show your IQ with this post huh??? Acetone = Nail polish remover.
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I tried putting acetone in my tank once. A quart of acetone was like $6, so I figured thats the most I would lose. The truck ran exactly the same, and I lost 1-1.5 mpg.

It is supposed to break down the gasoline molecules so they burn better/ more completely. However it is supposed to help, it doesn't, don't waste your time.

My cousin is working on a hydrogen injection system, I think that he has gotten 5-10% improvements. I haven't had time or money to look into that yet, I haven't even got a CAI yet (does that even help mileage?)
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I don't see how trying this out on one or two tank of gas would cause any damage to my truck so I think I will do the same things that where done in the video and document my results. I don't know that I would want to do it longterm however. I'm thanking ( if it works well ) maybe Id use it on long trips or on weeks that I'm doing a lot of extra driving. Ill post my results.
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I ran one tankful and it didn't change my MPG.
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Apparently myth busters busted this myth I just read. dont know how in depth the went though...
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well i searched online and found a gallon jug of it for 13 bucks so i think im going to run a couple tanks and try to drive consistantly (not the petal to the floor 24/7) and see what my results are becuase from what i hear it wont cause any damage after a couple of tanks i will see what my results are and decide if it works or not does anyone else have any sugestions or comments on it
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I converted my 07 to run on pure acetone.

It not only increased my gas milage from 28mpg to about 58mpg but I also gained 100 rwhp.
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I converted my 07 to run on pure acetone.

It not only increased my gas milage from 28mpg to about 58mpg but I also gained 100 rwhp.
You forgot to mention that you had 3 Tornados in the intake, 2 in the exhaust and adjustable power bands.
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You forgot to mention that you had 3 Tornados in the intake, 2 in the exhaust and adjustable power bands.
and a couple of those chips I bought off ebay as well.

The truck is not even street able anymore

I have to maybe take a couple tornado's off and it should really calm the 2.3 down.
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im not trying to be a dank just asking a serious question but have you ruined any seals or anything
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I would probably try it in a beater car. I wouldn't in my truck because I'm my truck dies then I don't get paid.
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lol you have a 3.0 with 33's and prob stock gears theres nothing you can do that will gain your mileage back unless you go back to stock or regear.

Besides the 3.0 sucks in the mileage department anyways.
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Acetone is the main ingredient in injector cleaners -- at higher concentrations than this, but with other stuff also.

I went and bought a can. I put 1/3 cup into the tank tonight which is aboue 3/4 full. I'll run it a bit then do some testing with full tanks, do the same without. I'll try it off and on all summer and average all the runs out and see what I get.

I'm betting not much if anything -- but probably no negative change but who knows.

A lot of caveats over the ethanol in gas now. Acetone and ethanol together is a pretty hydrophilic combination which can result in more water in solution in the fuel. Not necessarily a great thing either.

Could be that modern gasoline blends just can't benefit -- if there ever was any benefit.

I still think that it probably made more difference with carbs than injected vehicles, but we'll see.

Certainly do more of a test than the guy who calculated his mileage on here based on 1 or 3 gallons of gas used, lol. That was for the Brown's Gas system (HHO). I'd like to test that also for myself.
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Besides the 3.0 sucks in the mileage department anyways.
Solid engine but that's the truth. Pretty typical lower efficiency of pushrod engines I guess.
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Acetone is the main ingredient in injector cleaners -- at higher concentrations than this, but with other stuff also.

I went and bought a can. I put 1/3 cup into the tank tonight which is aboue 3/4 full. I'll run it a bit then do some testing with full tanks, do the same without. I'll try it off and on all summer and average all the runs out and see what I get.

I'm betting not much if anything -- but probably no negative change but who knows.

A lot of caveats over the ethanol in gas now. Acetone and ethanol together is a pretty hydrophilic combination which can result in more water in solution in the fuel. Not necessarily a great thing either.

Could be that modern gasoline blends just can't benefit -- if there ever was any benefit.

I still think that it probably made more difference with carbs than injected vehicles, but we'll see.

Certainly do more of a test than the guy who calculated his mileage on here based on 1 or 3 gallons of gas used, lol. That was for the Brown's Gas system (HHO). I'd like to test that also for myself.
John, I want to see what you have to say as well because I know you are very thorough and keep a good control. From everything Ive seen, actual experience shows that people got worse gas mileage from it, but maybe they werent consistant...
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Solid engine but that's the truth. Pretty typical lower efficiency of pushrod engines I guess.
Solid until the camshaft synchronizer decides to self detonate..
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I read about Denatured Alcohol cleaning your fuel injectors, it burns real hot and burns carbon off them...I tried it in my 89 toy 4x4, i dont remember if any result came of this....Its prob the same as seafoam i suppose??
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John, I want to see what you have to say as well because I know you are very thorough and keep a good control. From everything Ive seen, actual experience shows that people got worse gas mileage from it, but maybe they werent consistant...
I went back and read some stuff on that and certainly those results were there. I may get them too. I'll run this 3/4 tank as a "purge tank" to get any cleaning effects out of the way. Next time I fill up I'll do a check based with acetone in the whole tank. Then I'll run 2 tanks without it, two tanks with it, etc. throughout the summer and see what happens.

Hopefully that will be enough of a test. I'll report if my idle smooths out or anything as well but I'm not expecting much.

One site I saw said he'd like to see "double blind" studies where people don't know if they're running acetone or not and see how the results go. There is a "selection bias" possible where people see what they expect by unconsciously changing their driving to match their expectations.

Time will tell but thanks for encouragement, Gil.
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Solid until the camshaft synchronizer decides to self detonate..
Ah, yes: the Achille's Heel of 3.0's, lol...
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I don't post on here much so I don't know if you all will believe me but..

My boyfriend's dad is a fuel engineer (sorry, don't know his techincal job name) over at GM. We asked him about this because a friend swears that it works. He said that they have done multiple tests with it and it never worked. He said that if it had they would have tried to benefit from it. I do know people who swear by it though. I've never tried it so I don't have any first hand experience with it. Just thought I'd add that in since I talked to someone who spends countless hours working with fuel injectors and things.
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