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 01-09-2001, 16:41 Post: 23237
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This isn't directly a tractor question, but relating to fuel (gas or diesel) economy. I recently purchased a new F150, replacing a Ford Ranger that just wasn't big enough. One of the 'after market options' being offer along with the usual undercoating, paint sealer, fabric sealer being offered was an item called a fuel mag. Appearantly a magnet that clips on the fuel line just before entering the fuel injection system. The claim was 15%-20% increase in gas mileage. Installed for the low/low price of about $300 U.S. Has any one heard of this 'thing'? Sounds very suspect to me. Just to make this a tractor question, would such a device also work on a diesel tractor?






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 01-09-2001, 17:05 Post: 23238
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i've seen them in harbor frieght and northern for a lot less money.good luck






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 01-09-2001, 17:37 Post: 23239
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Rod, I came across a person selling something simular about 10-years ago. Was some type of thing to attach to the fuel line and was to take out possitive/negitive charge in the fuel or something along that line. That person told me that a city in my State, Portland, Maine had placed them in all of they're city trucks (water department) or something, to see if it really worked. I never heard another thing about it and have never thought about it untill your post. Maybe because it didn't work out so well? That person was selling them for around 20 or $30. David






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 01-09-2001, 18:11 Post: 23241
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Rod, I could hook you up with my brother-in-law. He was selling magnets for all sorts of things. One for your water pipes, one for your car fuel line, one for your wrists and so on. They were around $300 as well, and he probably has some left at bargain prices. Consider this, Detroit struggles to meet EPA goals in it's vehicles every year. If those things worked, every car would have one and Al Gore could stop trying to force everyone (except himself) to drive a roller skate. I haven't seen any in the hospitals on heart patients eather. I can't believe a legitimate dealer would try and sell that type of thing to someone. The $200.00 fabric protectant that costs them $2.00 to spray on the seat is bad enough. I have a relative that is a doctor of anthropology, he says don't buy the sonic bug repellers that plug into the walls eather. Hope this helps.






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 01-09-2001, 21:28 Post: 23248
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Rod, after you order the fuel mag, e-mail me, I've a good deal for you on some ocean front property in Arizona. Wink yeah right






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 01-09-2001, 22:34 Post: 23250
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Can you say "snake oil"?






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 01-09-2001, 23:24 Post: 23253
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A veternarian friend of mine sold hundreds of cow magnets (a 3/4" by 4" smooth magnet that you run through a cow's gastrointestinal tract to pick up hardware they've ingested- they are pretty strong & cost about 3 or 4 bucks) Farmers would place them next to the fuel lines in their vehicles.They only work if you can't calculate MPG.Test the theory out with these then give the pair to a seven year old kid- he'll think he died and went to heaven.






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 01-12-2001, 19:53 Post: 23374
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Thanks for the replys. The certainly do more to confirm my thoughts. I'm too am very dismayed by a Ford dealer trying to sell such 'snake oil'. It is unfortunate as the rest of my experience almost totally enjoyable and I got a great price on the truck. I can't decide if I should send a letter to the dealer or also to Ford.

By the way, this product was definitely not endorsed by Ford as I couldn't even find a street address or internet address on the brochure. Everything endorsed by Ford has the logo all over it. I guess that should have been the first sign.

Another by the way, along with the undercoating and fabric treatment. They were trying to sell spray in bed liners for $200 over what you can get them installed by calling the vendor (LINE-X) direct. I'm having mine installed tomorrow, at the lower price.

Thanks again.






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 01-13-2001, 07:02 Post: 23389
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Rod,
I would be inclined to send a letter to Ford & copy the dealer.






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 01-13-2001, 12:58 Post: 23392
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It is a fascinating moral question:
Should the burden fall on the customer? Doesn't he he have a moral obligation to educate himself at least enough to avoid obvious scams?
Or does the burden fall on the dealer? The argument being that he has specialized knowledge which morally he should use to protect the customer from these scams.
And not to be overlooking the possibility that the dealer is so deluded that he actually believes in this "snake oil"....and the very, very tiny possibility that the snake oil is actually works.....






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