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#4555971 - 10/27/17 07:50 AM How long is oil good for?
jxthomps Offline


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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?
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#4555975 - 10/27/17 07:53 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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Until long past when you'll use the rest of the jug - years, at least.
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#4555976 - 10/27/17 07:54 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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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.

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#4556002 - 10/27/17 08:23 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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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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#4556048 - 10/27/17 09:17 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
Ducked Offline


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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.

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#4556069 - 10/27/17 09:32 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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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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#4556116 - 10/27/17 10:17 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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Maybe not infinity, but decades for sure.

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#4556140 - 10/27/17 10:33 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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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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#4556230 - 10/27/17 12:13 PM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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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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#4556736 - 10/27/17 10:30 PM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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Registered: 08/27/04
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Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Most manufacturers will say around 5 years for a sealed container.

This question has been asked tons of times.
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#4556793 - 10/28/17 12:03 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
jj51702 Offline


Registered: 10/07/16
Posts: 232
Loc: California
Oh look, what a new and exciting question the OP asked. This has never been asked here before.

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#4556797 - 10/28/17 12:08 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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Loc: Wet side WA
LOL


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (10/28/17 12:09 AM)
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#4558033 - 10/29/17 05:47 AM Re: How long is oil good for? [Re: jxthomps]
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Registered: 06/22/17
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Loc: Western usa
Unless upset by tectonic shift I would say approximately 12-15,000 years.

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