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Do fuel saving devices work?

By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
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By ACA staff

As we saw on tonight's show there are a million products out there that claim to save you petrol by installing simple devices in your car.

While some punters swear the products actually work and help them save, others say it's a scam.

We examine some of the products out on the market and will let you make up your mind.

Ceramo Power

It's a small sachet-style device which is attached to the car's air cleaner to improve the way your vehicle burns through the petrol in the tank. Its makers claim it helps the car operate more efficiently and cuts down on fuel costs.

We put it to the test with a round trip for two cars, one with the device and one without.

We took the vehicles on a 12- kilometre round trip from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

The verdict? The car with the device drank 3.6 percent less fuel than the other car which translates to an annual savings of $90 a year for the average family which spends $3000 on petrol every year.

The Ceramo Power device costs about $100 for most cars and is available from www.ceramo.com/

Water4Gas

This product claims that it can convert any car or truck to burn water as well as gasoline to double your miles.

Water4Gas is a technology based on splitting water on board a vehicle, and using the resulting Hydrogen and Oxygen gases not to drive the vehicle - but to boost the efficiency of its gasoline combustion.

Do-it-yourself technology, specifically designed for beginners with no special tools and very limited budgets. A complete working system can be built at home with basic hand tools for $20-$100, installed in minutes and removed in seconds.

You have to purchase a set of books in order to find out how to install the system.

The instruction manuals cost roughly $100, plus there's the added cost of purchasing the materials which can be another $60.

For information can be found at www.water4gas.com

Tornado Fuel Saver

The CycloneFuelSaver is an automotive air channeling tool that creates a swirling air motion, allowing the air to move faster and more efficiently by continuously whirling air around corners and bends.

The engineered slotted fins convert normal air intake flow into a powerful spinning vortex that mixes the air and fuel together, resulting in better fuel mileage and performance.

It claims the swirling effect helps to atomise the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber which, when exposed to the ignition, results in a more complete and efficient burning of the fuel.

The system costs $42.

For information can be found at www.tornadofuelsaver.com

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