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#4520424 - 09/19/17 04:02 PM How old is this oil?
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
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So I recently picked up some oil. Looking at the bottles, it looks quite old.

Any idea about it and also, if it's safe to use in an engine?

Have a look at the pictures. Thanks



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#4520428 - 09/19/17 04:05 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Give us the api service letters, like sn or sm or sg etc.

The mobil looks older the havoline not that old to me by the bottles.
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#4520430 - 09/19/17 04:06 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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That Havoline may be early 90's
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#4520431 - 09/19/17 04:06 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Easily 25+ years. Maybe not the Havoline but that's not real recent either.

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#4520437 - 09/19/17 04:12 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Havoline says on the back API service SL, SJ, SH(10W40) and SL, SJ, SH, ILSAC GF-3(10W30)

One of the Sunoco brand is SJ, SH,ILSAC GF-2(5W-30)

Super G is SJ, SH, SG, ILSAC GF-2(10W30).
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#4520439 - 09/19/17 04:14 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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I would only use it in a car from that same era and then only if I had nothing newer. I would be concerned about inadequate additive package such as detergents.

I would use it in my small equipment or tractors.
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#4520442 - 09/19/17 04:16 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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SJ is 2001 and older engines. SL is 2004 and older engines.

http://www.api.org/~/media/files/certification/engine-oil-diesel/publications/mom_guide_english_2013.pdf
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#4520467 - 09/19/17 04:45 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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The Havoline will have a date near the barcode...I'm guessing 2001 or 2002...the Mobil is older.
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#4520471 - 09/19/17 04:47 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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I would probably use it in my small engines. I have a bunch of the older oil I use just for that. New oil is so much better to use in your car.
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#4520486 - 09/19/17 05:03 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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I had the same Mobil HP container up until last year. It was from the mid to late 1990's. The add packs from that era, at least with respect to phosphorus and zinc, are often stronger than what's put out today for standard SN.
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#4520496 - 09/19/17 05:15 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Does it mean I should not use any of this oil in any of my car? Or can I mix it, let's say half a quart with fresh oil?
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#4520527 - 09/19/17 05:52 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
Does it mean I should not use any of this oil in any of my car? Or can I mix it, let's say half a quart with fresh oil?


You could get rid of it half a quart per oil change w/o doing any harm. I'd use it up in OPE, two seasons and it would be gone.
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#4520533 - 09/19/17 06:03 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Did you think 100 times before picking this up? Just kidding but what prompted you to buy this?
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#4520542 - 09/19/17 06:09 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: Aichiguy]
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Originally Posted By: Aichiguy
Did you think 100 times before picking this up? Just kidding but what prompted you to buy this?
nope, since it's free wink
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#4520544 - 09/19/17 06:10 PM Re: How old is this oil? [Re: demarpaint]
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Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
Does it mean I should not use any of this oil in any of my car? Or can I mix it, let's say half a quart with fresh oil?


You could get rid of it half a quart per oil change w/o doing any harm. I'd use it up in OPE, two seasons and it would be gone.


Please forgive my ignorance, what's OPE, some equipment?
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