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Fuel Saver: 100% Acetone As A Fuel Additive

John Melendez
Cibola International ™
Fuel Saver: 100% Acetone As A Fuel Additive (First Edition)

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Nail Polish Remover?

With the steady increase in gas prices, folks everywhere are looking for ways
to help stretch their gas mileage-per-gallon. Here’s one way: try using 100%
acetone (AKA “full strength nail polish remover”) as an additive to your
gasoline or diesel fueled vehicle.

How Does It Work?

Technically speaking, acetone is an adjuvant. It lessens the surface tension of

the fluid you add it to. Okay, so what the heck does that mean?
Without going into fancy details, basically it allows your gasoline (or diesel)
to mix better with the air in your engine before it gets ignited. When your fuel
mixes better with the air that burns with it, you get a better and more
complete burn. Your engine runs more efficiently. When this happens, this
generally means you get better gas mileage.

How Much Should I Add?


1. Determine your miles-per-gallon (MPG) over several tanks’ worth of

gas. (It’s not hard to do, BUT... If you don’t know how to do this, ask
a geek-friend.)
2. First of all, don’t drink acetone. It’s poisonous.
3. Wear gloves while handling this stuff if you can, unless you wanna
remove your nail polish.
4. Make sure the bottle says 100% acetone or you’re asking for trouble!
5. Add acetone only to an empty (or at least partially empty, say, at least
1/4 empty) fuel tank. Why? To be sure it mixes well with your fuel.
6. For every 10 gallons of gasoline your tank holds, add 2 fluid ounces.
(What’s 2 fluid ounces? Two shotglasses’ worth, Mister!)
7. After dumping the acetone into your fuel tank, then fill ‘er up! The
emptier your tank, the better the acetone will mix with your fuel.

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8. Determine your miles-per-gallon over several tanks’ worth of gas
while using acetone.
9. Compare the difference in MPG between using and not using acetone.
10. Try using different ratios of acetone over time to see what the best
blend is.

I have a diesel-engine car, which means diesel fuel is thicker and greasier.
Therefore I have to use more acetone to get it to work. How much more? I
have to use 6 or more ounces per 10 gallons of fuel.
Please keep in mind, all cars are different, so you will get different results
from car to car.

How Well Does It Work?

On my car, I got some good results. Yours may vary significantly.

The difference in my car’ average speed severely effects efficiency because of
wind resistance at various speeds. The faster you drive, the more fuel you
burn. I do a lot of freeway driving, and typically at two speeds: 65 mph and
70 mph. So I recorded my results at both these speeds. Hey they are:

- 65 mph without acetone, 45 mpg.

- 65 mph with acetone, 48 mpg.
- 70 mph without acetone, 39 mpg (a 15% rise)
- 70 mph with acetone, 45 mpg (a 6% rise)

See the graph on the cover for a pictographic representation.

This stuff does help. How well? Again, that depends on your car.

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Will It Hurt My Car?

If you eat a peanut will it hurt you? If you eat 250 lbs of peanuts at once, will
it hurt you? That’s what this kind of question this is.
Assuming 128 ounces of fluid per gallon, two ounces of fluid is a mere 0.15%
in an overall 10 gallons. That’s about one-tenths of one percent. You decide
whether this is a lot.

NOTE: have received claims from readers that acetone can cause wearing or
drying out of certain rubber seals in older engines. As of this writing, I have
not been able to find definitive information substantiating claims of these or
other possible harmful effects on one’s vehicle. If you have such information,
I would appreciate you forwarding it to me at:

Technologie Vom Deutschen Luftwaffe

Hey folks, just like the technology mentioned in my Solar Tower article
logy_becomes.html ), this acetone-as-additive idea has been around a long
time. The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) discovered their fighter planes flew
hardendr a farther when they used acetone as a gas additive.

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