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#3124128 - 09/13/13 07:26 PM How long can I store oil?
2000NWXJ Offline


Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 42
Loc: Oregon
I want to run delo 10w30 but I can only find it in 5 gallon pails. I'm guessing it would take me about a year to use it all as I only need a gallon and a half at a time. Also any suggestions on how to get a precise measurement from a Pail would be appreciated.
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#3124135 - 09/13/13 07:31 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 31537
Loc: ME
I have oil nearing a decade old.

You could get a plastic pyrex-style measuring pitcher from the dollar store. If you don't get the "keg pump" you're in for a mess.

If you retain a mobil style "wide mouth" oil jug for intermediate transfer that's the perfect answer, too.

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#3124137 - 09/13/13 07:33 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
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Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12657
Loc: Northern Kentucky
One year? That's nothing .

You will want a pump for sure.
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#3124140 - 09/13/13 07:34 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
Clevy Offline


Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 9783
Loc: Saskatoon canada
I buy rotella in 5 gallon pails for my bikes. I use an empty quart bottle to measure out whatever I need. Pouring isn't too bad as long as the pail is vented properly and not "glug glug"
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#3124160 - 09/13/13 08:01 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
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When I bought my cherokee in 2010 I used M1 synthetic from the early 90s
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#3124187 - 09/13/13 08:34 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
Hermann Offline


Registered: 08/10/05
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Loc: Kansas City
I have 7 changes worth of oil on the rack in the garage. The oldest was bought about 3 years ago.
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#3124211 - 09/13/13 09:15 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
Michael_P Offline


Registered: 08/20/07
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The biggest concern is having the additive pack settle. I give my old oil cans a shake a day before I use them. Of course a 5 gal pail isn't as easily shaken. The make paint shakers which accept 5 gal pails if you are concerned.

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#3124265 - 09/13/13 11:08 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
901Memphis Offline


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Sitting for a year you shouldn't have to worry about settling, but if you are just throw it in your trunk on a bumpy ride every few months.

I give my stash a little shake whenever i get a chance. My stash is pathetically small though.
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#3124268 - 09/13/13 11:11 PM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 5280
Loc: WTWCSDTP
I am still using GC from 2004-2005. So far no issues. My understanding is that oil stored unopened in a climate controlled environment is good for a very long time. I do shake the bottles before using--just in case.


Edited by pscholte (09/13/13 11:12 PM)
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#3124346 - 09/14/13 05:37 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
Falken Offline


Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 2630
Loc: Montreal, QC, Canada
I don't like locking in to much more than 5-6 oil changes...

Because I see a better deal or an oil that I really want to try.

Right now my favorite oil to get, if I was to do my stash all over again, would be Mazda Idemitsu 0W20.

I only very recently found out I can get it for $6.50 a litre, for a great 0W20 that is amazing.
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#3124347 - 09/14/13 05:37 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: pscholte]
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Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 1868
Loc: NewYorkistan
I have a few 5qt guys that are nearly 2 years old. I worried about add pack settling so day before I turn the jug that will not be completely used upside down. 2 of my sumps are 7qt. Is this even doing anything??
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#3124513 - 09/14/13 09:39 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
virginoil Offline


Registered: 09/05/05
Posts: 1586
Loc: western australia
5 years I recall was the recommended magic number for shelf life of oil.



Edited by virginoil (09/14/13 09:39 AM)
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#3124562 - 09/14/13 10:39 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: Michael_P]
BlueOvalFitter Offline


Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 4666
Loc: Cajun Country, La.
Originally Posted By: Michael_P
The biggest concern is having the additive pack settle. I give my old oil cans a shake a day before I use them. Of course a 5 gal pail isn't as easily shaken. The make paint shakers which accept 5 gal pails if you are concerned.

If you had a 55 gallon drum how would you shake that? shocked
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#3124576 - 09/14/13 10:54 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
ledslinger Offline


Registered: 06/21/09
Posts: 1111
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
Originally Posted By: Michael_P
The biggest concern is having the additive pack settle. I give my old oil cans a shake a day before I use them. Of course a 5 gal pail isn't as easily shaken. The make paint shakers which accept 5 gal pails if you are concerned.

If you had a 55 gallon drum how would you shake that? shocked


I do it by sticking a funnel in the little bung hole and pumping the drum pump into it for a while. The pump picks up on the bottom and the funnel drops the oil on top.

You could just lay it on its side and roll it around if you had somebody to help stand it back up. If it were on a dolly that lays it on its side, you could grab the handles and slosh it back and forth.

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#3124598 - 09/14/13 11:35 AM Re: How long can I store oil? [Re: 2000NWXJ]
pscholte Offline


Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 5280
Loc: WTWCSDTP
I just pick up the drum and shake it
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