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Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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RE: Adding Acetone to your Gas
While this post may create more questions than answers, I find my chemistry background an asset to this discussion. The following is very interesting:
One gallon of gas contains 125,000 BTU's of energy.
One gallon of acetone contains 83,000 BTU's of energy.
If, indeed, acetone increases mileage, as is claimed, based on BTU's, it would make more sense that it would slightly harm your mileage rather than improve it. The argument, of course, is that you use it as an additive, not as a fuel source by itself. If acetone does change the nature of the gasoline causing an unknown catylist effect, then it could be possible that an improvement would result.
My studies of most articles have only proven to me anecdotal results. That is, claims based on very shaky scientific background. I have viewed others that claim the tests were performed using the scientific balance of controls and errors.
I suggest each to Google these articles and make their own determination. As for me, I'm sticking to my original advice not to do it since it is uncertain what damage may result to your fuel system and injectors by using it.
Yes, acetone is used in plastic and vinyl manufacturing which is why you should steer clear of it around plastic and rubber. Acetone is contained in PVC cement and will melt a lot of different plastics and break down some synthetic rubber components.