starting an HHO project on my Ford Taurus. It has a 3.0 Liter V6 engine,
2 valves per cylinder.
It is rated at 16 mpg city and 24 highway, and that is about what it got
before I started making changes.
The first change: I replaced a new set of
spark plugs with a set of PulStar Pulse plugs. Wow, what a
performance difference. Not only did the engine come alive - fuel
economy increased to 27.5 mpg highway, using E10 ethanol. The Plasma plugs really made
a difference. Accelerator Peddle response was faster; I did not need
to press it as far as before. The engine ran smoother, and the
response was very quick. The engine never hesitated to start this winter; and
we had a long cold winter. This is the main reason I am trying to get
people interested in the PulStar Pulse Plug. It is amazing the
difference they made in the way my Ford runs.
August 29th, checked the plugs for wear and gap. No visible wear on
the electrodes after 7,000 miles. Gap varied from .042 to .050. I
took my time and gaped them at 0.040.
Pulstar really makes a difference when
it comes to Cold Weather. At -1 Degree F, this vehicle started on the first
rotation of the engine; had not been started in 2 days. WoW
I installed a
Scangauge2. It is not what it is advertised to be.
It does not provide real mpg calculations; that is, unless your car
already has that capability. Well if the car had that capability, I
would not need a Scangauge2, now would I. So basically, the thing is
worthless for tracking mpg improvements. About all it is good for is
keeping track of your driving habits, and that is a good thing. It would surprise you to see how mpg changes as the engine
shifts gears. RPM increases and decrease as your transmission
shifts. The lower gears provide more power to the wheels and
use more fuel; the longer you are in lower gears, the worse your mpg
will be. That is why city driving gives less mpg performance. The Scangauge will show you that. It will also show you how
backing off of the gas peddle slightly will increase your mpg. If
you want to learn how to drive economically, purchase a Scangauge or
similar product. I have a few listed on my
March 12. My
Volo Chip arrived today;
Model FS2.1-HHO. It is programmed to aggressively monitor
and adjust ECU signals for best fuel economy, without any loss in
performance. I downloaded the
installation instructions needed for wiring it to the rear of the OBD-II port, and
I read the instructions that came with the product. That helped me
avoid problems. As it turned out, my Ford needed to use PWM wiring pins instead of the
default ISO pins. I would not have know this if I did not have the
Scangauge. The installation took about 20 minutes. Everything
worked to plan. The unit initialized itself as soon as the last wire
was connected. I took the vehicle on a road test. Right out of the
gate, I noticed a little more throttle response than normal. The
engine ran smooth, and the transmission seemed to shift gears a
little sooner. That tells me the Air Fuel Ratio has been altered. I
found that the gas peddle was a lot more sensitive on the highway.
Volo suggests putting 120 miles on the chip in order to give it time
to learn the engine. I am interested in fuel economy, not horse
power. If HP is gained, so be it; If it is lost, so be it. I have no
need to Dyno the vehicle. It would not prove a thing.
My wife drove the car, then asked me what I did to it. She noticed
the difference. I will give you a mileage report in the next update.
March 17: I had to make a short
trip on the Interstate today. I started out with an accumulation of
63 local miles on the Volo Chip Installation. On the first 30 miles
of interstate driving, I noticed that the Throttle Position Sensor
reading was averaging 24 to 29 in order to maintain 55-65 mph
driving. Normally that would have been 29 to 35. Gas mileage
averaged 32.1. On the return trip, I could tell it was taking less
gas to go up hills. Gas mileage averaged 35.2; that is on my
Scangauge2. I filled up at the pump and put in 4.98 gallons for the
124.5 miles I had driven. It calculated out to 25 mpg average for
the 50/50 in town and highway driving; normal that would have been
about 21 mpg. Sunday, I need to make that same trip. I will fill up
near the interstate and start/end the trip there. That will give me
the highway driving report. The trip is a mixture of flat driving
and hills. So far, I really believe there is an improvement in
March 20: Today I took
that highway trip again. I toped off the tank at the same gas
station, using the same pump, parking in the same way at the pump,
and injecting the fuel at the same slow speed. I made the trip, and
returned to the same gas station and pump. I pumped 1.725
gallons of gas, and drove 50.9 miles on that. It calculated to 29.51
mpg. That is higher than any reading I have had in this car. Between
the PulStar Pulse plugs and the Volo Chip, Fuel efficiency has
improved 23%. The base was 24 mpg. On the trip back, I noticed the
Scangauge was showing better mpg averages if I kept the RPMs around
2100, in overdrive.
May 12: Install Hydrogen Generator (Future)
I have received my KZX1250. It
is an automatic sensing 50 amp continuous PWM with all of the
necessary safety electronics built in. It automatically operates
when the engine is running, and turns off when the engine stops. It
regulates the amperage (set it and forget it), and it allows me to
set the duty cycle and pulse frequency. It is digitally
programmable, and has built in error codes.
The PWM was easy to install; only 3 wires to connect. I placed it in
the engine compartment, but it got too hot. I moved it to my dash
I installed a 4 inch dry cell that a friend gave me. Like to never
found room for it. Unfortunately, it could not take the heat near
the bottom of the engine. I had to remove it. I may have room behind
the front bumper. The acrylic plates warped from the heat. I was
able to straighten them but then they warped again. That tends to be
a problem with most dry cell designs.
August 29th, 2011
Installed a K&N High Flow Air Filter
March 19, 2012
Started installation of HHO Generator. Finding room was difficult.
There is a small amount of space under the Front Bumper Support Bar;
behind the license plate. I will be installing a mounting board to
the underneath side of the frame.
August 23, 2013
Installed an HHO
Cell. It certainly took long enough to find a place to put the
generator. I found space under the radiator, behind the bumper. Had
to cut away some of the plastic housing undercover that protects the
radiator and helps channel air. It was a bitch.
I am powering the cell with a KZX1250 PWM. Duty cycle is set at 50%.
Frequency at 3k. Amperage set at 10. Using 2 stacks of 6 plates in
series. Producing 500 MLPM. I am using a Volo FS2.1 HHO chip. I
mixed 4 table spoons of KOH with 1 gallon of distilled water (good
for 20 amps). No
leaks, no trouble codes, no problems at start up. The PWM
automatically turns the cell on and off. It monitors the alternator
voltage and the electrical health of the Cell and PWM circuitry.
Took it for a drive. Before I got out of the drive way, got an E01
error code; electrical short in the cell or too strong electrolyte
mix. I raised the Duty Cycle setting on the PWM to 95%. Problem went
away. The engine seemed to respond to any slight change in
accelerator positioning. Monitoring with the Scangauge2, mpg
increase is about 3mpg. I will have to do a road test.