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#4575375 - 11/15/17 06:39 PM How old of oil are you comfortable using
Saul Offline


Registered: 02/18/15
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Loc: New Mexico
I know many oil companies say 5 years shelf life. How long are you guys comfortable using modern oil after its been bottled?

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#4575383 - 11/15/17 06:46 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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KMart had two 5qt jugs of VWB from 2011 for $3 each. The bottles were even turning that yellowish petina color. I bought them and have no qualms using them. SN/GF-4.
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#4575384 - 11/15/17 06:47 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
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Loc: texas
3 years on the outside as lng as it wasnt exposed to a hot shed or garage or freezing.

Oil is just too cheap to chance it.

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#4575388 - 11/15/17 06:52 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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Registered: 03/17/08
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Being I buy as needed I have no idea.
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#4575391 - 11/15/17 06:53 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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Decades if in a sealed container.
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#4575405 - 11/15/17 07:10 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Chris142]
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Decades if in a sealed container.

Yeah, about that
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#4575408 - 11/15/17 07:12 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Chris142]
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Decades if in a sealed container.


This^^
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#4575410 - 11/15/17 07:15 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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Translation of original post-My stash is way too big and I can't use the oil I bought within 5 years.....

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#4575416 - 11/15/17 07:21 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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If the car is a 2001. Then 2001 and newer.
If the car is a 2017, with in the last 3 years.
As long as the oil is sealed...
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#4575418 - 11/15/17 07:21 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
SilverSnake Offline


Registered: 05/29/13
Posts: 591
Loc: Florida
Unlike most others on this forum, I believe what the oil companies say. I always buy fresh oil when it is time for a change. Given what I paid for my vehicles, it just makes good sense to me not to take any chances to maybe save a few pennies.


Edited by SilverSnake (11/15/17 07:22 PM)
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#4575427 - 11/15/17 07:32 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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I have used 30 year old oil before. No issues as long as it's not opened.
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#4575435 - 11/15/17 07:38 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
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I'd probably stop at around 15 years
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#4575436 - 11/15/17 07:39 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: CKN]
Saul Offline


Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 97
Loc: New Mexico
Originally Posted By: CKN
Translation of original post-My stash is way too big and I can't use the oil I bought within 5 years.....

10 jugs of havoline and 66 quarts of nickle quaker state...

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#4575450 - 11/15/17 07:52 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: Saul]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: Saul
I know many oil companies say 5 years shelf life. How long are you guys comfortable using modern oil after its been bottled?


I've got some stuff from the late 90's (API SH? API SJ?) I still use in my older stuff.

I don't think "oil gets old"..... I'd like to see scientific evidence of that.
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#4575451 - 11/15/17 07:53 PM Re: How old of oil are you comfortable using [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: FordBroncoVWJeta
If the car is a 2001. Then 2001 and newer.
If the car is a 2017, with in the last 3 years.
As long as the oil is sealed...


I like this philosophy. After all I joined BITOG in 2002 and we thought oil was pretty swell back then. LOL

And my car's an 02, yay!

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