Of several hundred auto devices on the market, very few do what manufacturers claim they do. A few of these are listed and briefly discussed. Air bleed devices (which are supposed to allow additional air to enter below the carburetor as a way of saving gasoline) can increase engine wear and clog carburetor passages. Vapor injector devices is another such device. Fuel additives claim a cleaner fuel system and improved combustion, but tests show that emission levels are not affected and differing product performances has been noted in various car models. Lubricants or various crankcase additives do not give the general engine cleansing and increased performance that are claimed. Government agencies do not endorse these and other similar devices. The public are advised to consult consumer agencies with regard to these and other similar devices. The difficulties that consumer offices face in pursuing legal action against the manufacturers are disscussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Stern, P S
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: p. 10-11
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322690
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM