Acetone is a colorless, volatile liquid that is used as a solvent in the chemical industry. It is the least toxic solvent, and is used to produce chloroform, paints, varnishes, pesticides, lubricating oil, and many other pharmaceutical products. It is easily available in any common hardware or drug store, and it readily volatilizes when present in water.
According to some experts, adding a specific amount of acetone in your gas tank helps to increase the mileage, and also gives better engine performance. With the rising fuel prices, people want to come up with different ways to improve the mileage by burning less fuel, or with some additives in it.
A car would run efficiently if complete vaporization of the fuel occurs. But these days, this is next to impossible. There is always a certain amount of residual fuel remaining in the hot chamber. Complete combustion will occur only when this fuel is fully vaporized. Surface tension is an important factor that affects the complete vaporization of fuel. It inhibits the vaporization of some fuel droplets. The lesser the surface tension, better will be the performance of the vehicle. Acetone has the capacity to reduce this tension. There are some inherent molecular vibrations in acetone, which helps to break it down. This leads to an increased vaporization of fuel, resulting in an increase in the engine efficiency. It also provides the engine, a longer life and a better performance.
Adding about 2 to 3 ounces of pure acetone per 10 gallons of gas is recommended by experts. Increasing this amount beyond the recommended level can worsen the mileage. Thus, check properly how much amount of this liquid suits your vehicle. The ratio may vary depending on the type of gasoline that is used. Also, remember to use 100% pure acetone. Do not buy it if it's sold as paint thinners or paint removers. It may cause damage to your engine. Using this chemical as an additive in your gas tank also has some other benefits, which are as follows:
- Acetone increases the efficiency of the engine, thus increasing its life.
- A small amount of this liquid in diesel can stop the black smoke, and help to reduce the exhaust soot.
- It also cuts down up to 60% of hydrocarbon emission.
Despite the benefits mentioned above, use of acetone with any fuel can be risky. It is highly flammable, and can be hazardous when directly exposed to flame and heat. Therefore, it is advisable to use it only after you have read enough about its safety and precautionary measures. Moreover, as it has corrosive properties, there is a risk of corroding any rubber parts of your vehicle. You will have to be careful with the vehicle's paint, as acetone is also used as a paint remover. Its vapors are like any organic solvent, and can be risky if inhaled.
You need to consult an expert in this field before conducting a mileage check to test if acetone suits your engine.