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The tablet in the medicine cabinet? SA experts warn against ‘fuel-efficient’ petrol pills

If something seems too good to be true, it’s usually because it is. Videos of Mzansi motorists using ‘fuel-saving pills’ have gone viral recently – but hopes that these additives will save us all some money in the front yard may have died down.

Can using gasoline pellets save fuel?

So-called petrol pills come in sachets, and drivers are encouraged to put them in the tank when filling up. They claim to make your car’s fuel consumption more efficient, which means you’ll get more bang for your buck once you’re done filling it up.

  • Ads like this one are also circulating online:

Why experts aren’t selling fuel-efficient tablets

Despite promises to save money, the Automobile Association (AA) has warned about the risks involved. Spokesman Johan Jonck told motorists to avoid “fuel errors” of all types. He encouraged the public to listen to automotive experts and beware of fake news or gimmicks.

The AA has previously revealed that it was “very skeptical” about fuel-efficient devices back in 2008, when they first appeared on the South African market. Their views have not changed. In fact, the call to get people to stop using these gasoline pills is only going to get louder.

SASOL says petrol pellets ‘have no effect’

SASOL claimed this week that the so-called “additives” did not save any fuel as claimed. Adrian Velaers, a representative for the energy giant’s Fuel Applications Centre, said using petrol pills “could damage your engine” and their impact was “negligible”.

“We tested four types of systems…in each case the difference in fuel efficiency was less than 1%. These claim they can save you 10% to 30% fuel consumption…well, we see them Almost nothing was done.”

“Gasoline pellets can adversely affect your engine. What you put in the tank can damage fuel gauges, airflow, turbos, etc. Your guarantor won’t cover those either.”

Adrian Vilas

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