Cal-Cat Fuel Conditioning - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cal-Cat?
Cal-Cat is short for Calorie-Catalyst. It is a coolant to fuel heat exchanger that uses wasted or unused heat from the engines coolant to heat the fuel and the Catalyst inside the catalyst chamber. By heating the fuel we are able to speed up its ability to vaporize inside the engines intake manifold and inside the cylinder.
How Does the Cal-Cat Work?
By heating the catalyst inside the Cal-Cat, The catalyst reacts with the fuel molecules and helps them to break down large Hydrogen/Carbon chains to make them so that they too will be able to be used earlier in the combustion process. Normally these Hydrogen /Carbon chains do not vaporize until very late in the combustion process if they vaporize at all while in the combustion chamber.
Does the Cal-Cat Create Fuel?
The Cal-Cat does not make any fuel, or perform any other tricks it just helps the fuel you are buying and putting into your engine do the work it is to supposed to. It allows more of the fuel going into the engine to vaporize earlier, which in turn enables more of the fuel to produce power not wasted as heat in the exhaust or as pollutants in the air.
Was the Cal-Cat designed as a Fuel Economy Product?
No It was designed to increase engine performance by enhancing combustion, as a positive side effect the Cal-Cat was found to drastically reduce emissions and in most cases increase fuel efficiency.
Is the Cal-Cat going to give you better fuel mileage?
In most cases possibly, but fuel mileage depends more on the driver and the condition of the vehicle, in addition to how efficient the vehicle is from the factory.
What is the difference between a Diesel and a Gasoline Cal-Cat?
Even though the chambers are the same design the proprietary catalyst blend is completely different. Diesel fuel because it is a heavier and denser fuel requires additional and more expensive catalyst to get the desired performance.
Will it give you better throttle response and the feel of power?
Yes it will allow for more of the fuel to be used during the first part of the power stroke and allow more of the fuel to be used before it enters the exhaust system.
Why has no one done this before?
They have. Catalyst were used for power and fuel economy in the 1930’s and 1940’s but once lead was added to the fuel it coated the catalyst and made them useless.
Is my Cal-Cat going to cause vapor lock?
No. That is why it is only to be used on fuel injected engines with 15psi fuel pressure or higher. The fuel pressure raises the boiling point of the fuel and keeps it from vaporizing until it sprays out the injector when we want as much vapor as possible.
Will a Cal-Cat fix my worn out engine?
No. but it will in most cases help it regain some of its power and help reduce its emissions just by the way it works. But it will not fix what is already worn out or broken.
Will my Cal-Cat wear out?
Theoretically no but the catalyst can become less effective over time due to coating of the catalyst from contaminated fuel or leaded fuel.
Is the Cal-Cat a Filter?
No but it will act as a filter catching dirt and deposits.
Is there a money back guarantee?
Yes. There is an unconditional money back guarantee on the Cal-Cat itself if you are not satisfied with the performance of the Cal-Cat.
There is a one year warranty for manufacturer defects. This does not include failure for improper installation.
Is it easy to install?
Yes, the process can usually be completed in under an hour for less experienced installers. It is basically a four step process of installing the unit into the heater lines of the vehicle, and then re-directing the fuel system to the Cal-Cat and back to the engine.