One ‘fuel saver’ actually set the car on fire
Ted Hubert

Gas prices at the pump are constantly moving. Gasoline is driving the price up on all products.

Trucking lines must pass the cost of gas on to the consumers. The price of gas is altering the average person’s lifestyle. Some vacations are postponed. Trips to town are reduced.

Most drivers are not happy with the gas prices but are powerless to change the price of oil per barrel.

In the good old days, U. S. citizens could reduce the oil demands by taking fewer trips, driving at slower speeds; and keeping the vehicle tuned up and the tires properly inflated. Gas prices dropped as the demand decreased.

Today things are different. The price of oil is determined by investors dealing with futures rather than supply and demand.

The stage is set for con artists to advertise their wares, selling devices that will “increase your miles-per-gallon” for $50.00 up to $250.

Such devices have been placed on the market, tested by Consumer Reports, Popular Mechanics, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and none have shown significant savings in gas consumption.

Rumors have it that a carburetor was built years ago that gives unbelievable gas mileage. It was supposed to have been quickly purchased and deliberately kept off the market. Most of us have had stories told to us about such gadgets.

Do you remember the Tucker? Preston Thomas Tucker built the automobile in 1948. Why did this automobile fail?

It was advertised as a big car with excellent miles-per gallon. Tucker had financial problems as well as personality conflicts that did not help him succeed.

If you want to view some Tuckers, google in Tucker Automobile, then click on the Tucker Automobile Club. You can rent the movie “The Man and His Dream” staring Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen which is based on the life of Preston Thomas Tucker.

The Federal Trade Commission gives a list of some devices that might be presented to you: The tornado fuel saver, air bleed device; vapor bleed device, liquid injection, ignition device, fuel line device, mixture enhancers, accessory drive modifiers and fuel and fuel modifiers plus more.

For information about EPA test procedures and test results, visit htm or write: Verification and Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; or call: 734-214-4925.

Mike Allen, senior automotive editor at Popular Mechanics tested eight different types or gadgets, five did nothing, two actually increased gas consumption and one set a car on fire.

When Sue LaColla, Consumer Reports, was asked what the device did? She said “It lights up when you plug it in.”

Consumer Reports also Issued a “don’t waste your money” warning. The Better Business Bureau echoed this advice.

Now you know what to say , if someone approaches you with a deal on adding miles-per-gallon (MPG) for your car.

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