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2001 Ford Taurus SES Wagon

I am 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 Electrical Parts web-page.


  • 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 efficiency.

    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 console.

    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.


  • Install Cold Fog Generator (Future)

  • Test Fuel Line Heater (Future)



Fuel Type Ethanol / Gas Pulstar Pulse Plug MPG Volo Chip MPG Total MPG
% Increase
Vehicle Class Station Wagon      
City MPG 12/16 18 20 25%
Highway MPG 18/24 27.5 29.5 23%
Combined MPG 14/19 22 25 31.5%


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