Try putting some Additives in
your fuel. Sounds strange coming from me, but that is something you can do
"Right Now" to start improving your motors fuel efficiency.
Auto makers, big business, and government do everything in their power to
limit the efficiencies of our vehicles. We are stuck with a 14.7 to 1 air
fuel ratio. That is the reason for our excess fuel consumption. We need
leaner fuel; higher ratios of air; 16 - 20 is what Europe uses. Their
vehicle computers allow it; ours do not. So what can you do about it?
Start by finding a good quality gasoline;
one that does not contain alcohol.
This may be a challenge but it is one worth seeking out. Alcohol has a
slower burn rate than gasoline. When your fuel contains 10% alcohol, it is
watered down so to speak. It is not as volatile. It will not produce as much
energy when it burns. Your mileage will drop like a rock. Oh, but you paid
less per gallon for it; that is a savings; Bull! You didn't save anything if
your mileage dropped by 10 to 20 percent; and it will. It used to be that, major oil
companies did not add alcohol to their fuel; now they do; and they do not
necessarily have to tell you in most States. If you can find non-ethanol
gasoline, they may charge a few cents more
per gallon, but your vehicle will perform better and your mileage will
benefit. So how do you know if alcohol is in the gasoline - if It does not
have to be advertised on the pumps? Ask the station manager. If they do not
know, chances are, it contains alcohol. Once you find a quality gasoline, it
may take a few tanks to use up all of the existing alcohol content. Each time you
add fuel, you are mixing it with old fuel (unless you run all of the old
fuel out). Get in the habit of keeping track of your mileage. Write it down.
Try to use pumps that are on level ground. If the vehicle is pointing down
hill, it will allow you to put more fuel in the tank. If it is pointing up
hill, it will allow less fuel. Also consider the pumping speed. Try to pump
the fuel at the same rate. When it clicks off, stop; don't add any more (for
pumps that are good, not high pressure pumps). Find a pumping rate that you
can relate to. I use a counting method. I try to pump a gallon every 10
seconds; that is 1/10th gallon every second. Pumping at the same rate, from
the same pump is the best way I have found to track my local mileage. When I
go on trips, I use
BP, Citgo, Chevron, Marathon, and Exxon oil companies. I have heard that
Texaco gasoline is good, and some Shell blends. If you have to pay more per
gallon to get non alcohol fuel, do it.
Number one thing: Fool your computer by adding an EFIE circuit to your O2
sensor. Your O2 sensor reports any oxygen in your exhaust - to the
computer. The computer says, ah, you need more gas, here it comes. The O2
sensor sends 0.450 millivolts to the ECM. An EFIE will let you add a little
voltage to that reading so the computer will say, oh - you don't have enough
oxygen, let me cut back on the gas for you. By doing this, you will lean out
your fuel. You will be able to adjust the O2 sensor voltage up or down. Pre
1987 vehicles do not have O2 sensors, or computers; with few exceptions.
Back then, most vehicles had carburetors. We could adjust the air ratio with
them. Then fuel injection came along. It needed a computer to regulate fuel
flow. That led to regulating oxygen content, timing, temperature, moisture
content, atmospheric pressure. In other words, We got shafted into believing
all of this regulating was good for us. Big laugh of the century. Fuel
economy did not increase. If anything, it got worse.
Number two thing: Add Acetone and Xylene to your fuel; gasoline or diesel.
Acetone changes the surface tension of the fuel. That makes it spray a finer
mist. That will make it combust better. Better combustion means leaner fuel
and more efficient burning. But if your fuel contains 10% Ethanol, acetone
will not help much. Big oil figured that out. Xylene will help increase octane and help
override the affects of alcohol in the fuel. Together they work best; but
the higher the Ethanol content, the less effect acetone will have.
Number three thing: Add Mothballs made from Naphthalene. The old fashioned
moth balls are 99.5 percent Naphthalene. The only kind to use. It takes an
hour for them to dissolve, so you may want to crush them first. They will boost your mileage. Naphthalene is a
hydrocarbon. Do not use more than 5 mothballs in 20 gallons. You don't want
to carbonize your engine. Oh, and don't use mothballs if you are using
Xylene. They do the same thing.
A friend of mine drives an El Camino, 305 V8 and gets about 30 mpg with all
3 of these additives. He even adds 50% diesel fuel, but he has a carbureted
engine and a hot ignition system. I am not suggesting you can do that, but
you can research it. I for one, add a quart or two of kerosene, now and
then, to keep my fuel system cleaned out. It makes a difference. Did you
know that kerosene is a lubricant? Actually, it is one of the best. It is
used in the manufacturing of aluminum foil. Kerosene is actually a better
fuel than gasoline. It contains 10% more BTU energy. It can be spark ignited
like gasoline. They add it to diesel fuel during winter months to keep the
fuel from gelling. Kerosene is another fuel you may want to research.
Another additive you can try is Water. That is
right, good ole H2O. Water injectors have been used for years to improve
fuel mileage and engine wear. Have you ever noticed how much smoother your
engine runs on foggy, damp days? Did you know your engine burns water now?
Have you ever noticed water dripping from the exhaust pipe of your vehicle?
Did you know Ethanol contains nearly 5% water? Here is project I plan on
building this spring: http://hho4free.com/fogger.html
One last tip: Find a gas station that does not have alcohol in their
gasoline. You can't go by what is listed on the pumps. Alcohol has a slower
combustion rate than gasoline. It is harder to ignite. It absorbs water. It
will lower your gas mileage, so try to avoid ethanol fuel. The additive
suggestions will work better if the fuel does not have alcohol in it. So
find a good gasoline in your area before you start using additives.