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'Saffron's Report of Directory:Acetone as a Fuel Additive Effect on Mileage and Performance'


I have remained at about 10% gas mileage increase with my current driving habits, but since the gas prices have been inflating even more than before (Seems like it jumped from 2.15/gallon to 3.45/gallon here in Key West, FL.), I've decided to change my driving habits to a more stable light footed strategy. My current average is 32mpg Mixed. My goal is 36 Mixed. I will update with any new discoveries.


make & model of car: 2002 Mini Cooper S (Modified)

ratio(s) of acetone used: 2 oz/ 10 gal)

mileage before: 29 mpg

mileage after: 32 mpg acetone avg

number of miles tested: around 3000

Individual Reports

May 12, 2006

Of all the cars in the acetone directory, there isn't one Mini. Am I the only frugal one?

Anyways, In Feb, 2006 I learned about acetone in a mini forum but put it on my list of things to try

for improving my gas mileage. After two devices, costing less than $100, and finding little change from my

past mileage and performance, I decided to give acetone a try.

After reading for several nights on the chemical and it's affects of my engine, I picked up a container

at my local Home Depot for about $6 and began to test. From some sources I found that an avg engine would need about 2 oz. per 10 gallons so I tried that first as I usually top off at 10.5 gallons with the max capacity being 12 gallons. . .

Results: using 93 grade Shell gas in Key West, FL (Current price per gallon for 93: $3.43/gallon. Alchohol content unknown.)

2oz/10GAL, 32mpg (+3)

2.5oz/10GAL, 30mpg (+1)

3oz/10GAL, 28mpg (-1)

4oz/10GAL, 27mpg (-2)

1oz/10GAL, 30mpg (+1)

1.5oz/10GAL, 31mpg (+2)

2oz/10GAL, 32mpg (+3) BINGO

My method of applying the liquid may seem strange, but it works very will for me. I use an aquafina bottle to store it (has shrunken!), a normal cooking measuring cup(I don't cook anyways), a skinny paintbrush i just happened to have laying around, and a cheap funnel I purchased at advanced auto parts.

These are results with normal driving for me with the occasional killer foot. Avg 80 miles city, 250 Highway per tank.

My schedule is regular.

(All results are rounded down.)

I also recently made a 300 mile trip avg 60mph and got 37mpg. The goal I'm shootin for is to get atleast 40mpg as gas prices are going up and my income isnt growing any faster while I do college.

Thank you for you time.

May 14, 2006
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To continue demonstrating my method of applying acetone to my engine, I will first show you a picture of my supplies.

I've worked out a safe system for myself to use acetone since I only need small amounts.

Please remember, at all costs, do not make any physical contact with this chemical (including inhaling it) as it is unsafe and toxic to us, just as gasoline is! Also, keep the acetone off of your paint as it will with a few minutes begin to harm your paint job. After establishing this system, it's safe to say I don't have these problems.

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The picture shows a container of

1 100% acetone ( This is the good stuff. If applied at the correct amount for your engine, it will give you a MPG Boost )

2 Water Bottle ( I prefer a closed tontainer like this one since it is portable and I only need to carry around a small amount of the chemical in my car. The acetone is kept and measured at my house. )

3 Funnel ( I keep one in my vehicle to apply to gas tank and one at home to use during measuring and storing. I prefer a paper funnel because it can be folded and stored in less space. Any funnel will work perfectly. You just need to make sure it fits in the gas tank entrance. )

4 Thin Paint Brush( I need this to hold open my gas tank since my funnel doesn't have the strength to push into the hole. If you have a standard plastic funnel, this will not be needed. )

5 Measuring cup ( It doesn't have to be of this design but I find its much easier to pour and measure in this one. )

The first thing I do is pour the needed amount of acetone (2 oz/10GAL for me) into measuring cup. I prefer to do this without a funnel and with the container I have don't hold it sideways while pouring it because it will spill everywhere. Pour it in quick movements from upright "12 o' clock" ( "|" ) to about "5 o' clock" ( "\" ) and it will keep momentum enough not to drip down the sides of the container.

After pouring the correct amount of acetone, I then pour the acetone into the water bottle using my funnel and close it. It's ready to go for my next visit to the gas station! Wash the measuring cup thoroughly.

At the gas station I just pull out my little paint brush, acetone bottle, and funnel, stick the funnel into the hole with the paintbrush holding the tank open for me, and pour in the acetone. Its very easy and I haven't had a problem with acetone on my paint once.

You must remember that its not just a matter of putting a few ounces in your tank and expecting it to work. All cars are different. It took me a few months to fully discover the correct amount of acetone for my engine. I don't measure down to the millionths, but I keep it in the area of 2oz since I top off at 10 gallons every fill up. For example, if my car had a 20 gallon tank, then I'd put 4 oz of acetone in the tank. Use 2oz/10GAL as your base and work your way up and down as high as 4 and as low as 1 and you will without a doubt find the right amount for your vehicle. Make sure to write down or remember the results for each amount of acetone added.

The cheapest, most accurate way to measure your results will be to do the math on your own every time you fill up. Try to fill up at the same spot of your fuel gauge every time so you can get used to the amount of gas since that will help you determine how much acetone you will need to add. Reset the tripometer every fill up and when you've finished filling the tank fully, divide the miles on your tripometer by the amount of gasonline you've filled your gas tank with. For example I drove 330 miles and filled up my tank with 10.3 gallons. My Miles per Gallon is 32.

Remember, the money saved as the MPG gets higher is exponential! Set your goals now and be prepared for the future.



See also

Directory:Acetone as a Fuel Additive - directory

Acetone Discussion List

Directory:Fuel Efficiency Additives

Directory:Fuel Efficiency directory index at PESWiki

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