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Increase Your Gas Mileage

Updated on August 28, 2008

With the rising cost of fuel I needed something that would increase my mileage, be cost effective to use, and safe for my engine.

Three years ago I heard an engineer on a radio program talking about adding Acetone to your gasoline. He stated that it would increase your mileage by 15 to 35 percent, sometimes even more. The degree of improved mileage depends on how much unburned fuel you are presently wasting. After extensive research I decided to try it, and have been very happy with the results ever since.

Acetone is fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in many locations around the world, in hardware, auto parts, and drug stores. Acetone works in gasoline and diesel fuels by aiding in the vaporization process. Better vaporization means less wasted fuel, therefore increasing gas mileage from the increased thermal effectiveness. It increases fuel economy, life of the engine, boosts horsepower, and reduces hydrocarbon emissions. Your car's computer won't be affected by the acetone as it senses it's running on straight gasoline. None of your settings are altered, and none of your engine parts are affected. There have been several studies done on whether or not acetone works. The longest running tests were performed by Louis LaPointe, who has been studing the effects of acetone as a fuel additive since 1953. His research is solid and worth checking out.

How Much to Use

Per Ten Gallons of Gasoline 1-3 ounces of 100% pure acetone

Per Ten Gallons of Diesel fuel 1-2 ounces of 100% pure acetone

Lawnmowers/motorcycles Per Tank ½ teaspoon of 100% pure acetone

1 fl ounce = 29.57 ml if you use a syringe to add acetone to your fuel tank

Remember less is better. Studies indicate that adding more acetone than the above-recommended levels does not increase the mileage.

Where to Get Acetone

100% Pure Acetone is the only type recommended. It can be found in hardware stores, or drug stores such as Walgreens. Bottles from Walgreens will say 100% pure acetone. I have found Walgreens Acetone to be the best. You can also find pure Acetone at Lowes and The Home Depot. It is located in their paint section. I haven't had much luck in located 100% pure acetone in auto parts stores, as it seems to have additives such as paint thinners. Never add any acetone that is mixed with other solvents like paint thinners or other additives in your gasoline or diesel fuel.

Things You Will Need to Add Acetone to you Fuel Tank

The tools you will need to add the acetone to your fuel tank is as follows. A vile, preferable made of glass, with markings determining ounces. A shot glass was the only marked vessel I could find that measured ounces. You will then need a long funnel made of heavy plastic, and a heavy plastic container that you can store the acetone in. Make sure that your funnel protrudes far enough out of the gas tank so that you don't spill any on your car's paint. Acetone will remove the paint after prolonged exposure to spills.

An ideal measuring tool would be a large syringe. It is legal to buy syringes at a pharmacy if you are over 18 years of age. However, you may want to check with your veterinarian, as they tend to use larger syringes than what is sold at the pharmacy. By using a syringe you could avoid the funnel and add the acetone directly to your fuel tank, making it easier to add the acetone at the gas station.

I keep a small amount of acetone in my trunk with the necessary equipment to put it in my fuel tank when I'm out on the road. Otherwise I add the acetone after I return home. Be sure to keep your receipt, as you will need to add the acetone in 10-gallon increments. Always store the acetone in a heavy gauge plastic or bottle container.

Is it Safe to Use in My Vehicle

There are several engineers who have been studying the use of acetone in vehicles for several years. Acetone has been added to high performance racecars since the 1930's. There is no gasoline or car manufactured today that is 100% efficient in burning all the fuel you add. An added bonus of adding acetone is it boosts your car's horsepower. After adding acetone in my high performance sports car I could tell a difference in the horsepower, the first time I stepped on the gas pedal. I have been adding acetone to my fuel for 3 years and haven't experienced any problems what so ever!

How Do I know if it Works

Before you start adding acetone to your fuel find out what kind of mileage you're currently getting, and keep a record so you can compare later. Then start adding acetone and check your mileage after at least 2 fuel fill-ups. After you run acetone in your fuel for about 2 months, stop. Check your mileage after you have completed at least 2-fuel fill-ups. You will be amazed at the difference! Depending on what you drive and how you drive it will determine what you safe. For me I increased my mileage from 28 mpg to 36mpg. The bottom line is do you want to safe money at the gas pump? If you do then a few minutes of your time adding acetone to your fuel tank is well worth it!


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      Jason 3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. USA

      I also like a little acetone in my peppermint tea. Ahhh minty fresh with solvent aftertaste!

      LOL. Not true just messing!

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      yuvraj sudake  7 years ago

      in place of acetone if we use acetone with any other non volatile chemical can we increase efficency

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      Dan 9 years ago from Priest River, ID

      Thank you for the information! A friend told me about this and I'm running my first tank with Acetone. If I see a dramatic improvement, I'll publish the results. I've already switched to non-oxygenated gasoline and have seen a mild improvement but am hoping for better with Acetone.