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How long is oil good for? #4555971
10/27/17 07:50 AM
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jxthomps Offline OP
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So my vehicle takes 6 quarts if I open a jug and and use a quart out of it and leave it on the shelf is that Oil good for any length of period time?


2003 Nissan Pathfinder
GTX HM 10w40 Fram XG

2011 Town and Country
QSUD 5w30 Mopar filter

2003 Chevy Tahoe
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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4555975
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Until long past when you'll use the rest of the jug - years, at least.


I like Chevy and Valvoline.

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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4555976
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Kept from contaminates and off the floor in cold climates for a couple of years. You can also see the manufacture date on the container to see how old the oil actually is.

Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556002
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Originally Posted By: jxthomps
So my vehicle takes 6 quarts if I open a jug and and use a quart out of it and leave it on the shelf is that Oil good for any length of period time?


With the top back on, indefinitely. There's a post on here somewhere, IIRC someone used a 10-year-old open jug of oil. Just going to your next oil change? I've done this numerous times - no issues.


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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556048
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Originally Posted By: jxthomps
So my vehicle takes 6 quarts if I open a jug and and use a quart out of it and leave it on the shelf is that Oil good for any length of period time?

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There are apparently two commonly quoted industry stories on this.

http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/172/lubricant-storage-life

(a) A year
(b) infinity

I'm not sure what "any length of period time?" means, but I think you're covered.

A year is quite obviously completely bogus.

Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556069
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UOA's on oil 5-20 yrs old from vehicles rarely driven, have turned out pretty good. So one would assume fresh oil sitting sealed in the jug for that length of time is even better.


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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556116
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Maybe not infinity, but decades for sure.

Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556140
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Depends on if the jug freezes (cold gelation) and if it is exposed to direct sunlight. If neither, plolly until your unborn finish college smile


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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556230
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I had some Valvoline Synpower sitting around for at least 8 years and they were still good. The bottle started degrading and I can see oil stain on the outside though. I figure the bottle may be the limiting factor.


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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556736
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Most manufacturers will say around 5 years for a sealed container.

This question has been asked tons of times.


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2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556793
10/28/17 12:03 AM
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Oh look, what a new and exciting question the OP asked. This has never been asked here before.

Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4556797
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LOL

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 10/28/17 12:09 AM.

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Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps] #4558033
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Unless upset by tectonic shift I would say approximately 12-15,000 years.


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