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Shelf life of motor oils??? #4595208
12/05/17 04:52 PM
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anotheroldguy Offline OP
anotheroldguy  Offline OP

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Hi Guys,
I am a newbie on this forum, so please be gentle...

A few days ago, I sent this email to Shell/Pennzoil Motor Oil:

"About six years ago, I moved, and apparently, I misplaced 5 one quart bottles of Platinum Full Synthetic SAE 5 W 30 motor oil. I just found them a couple of days ago. Very soon I will be due for my next oil change on my "Pride and Joy". Since this particular car has an eight quart capacity crankcase, I am 3 quarts short. My question to you is if I could safely mix or combine this "old" oil with three quarts of "new" oil. I remember reading somewhere that now Pennzoil synthetizes their oil from natural gas rather than from conventional oil stocks. I have no idea what the synthesis procedure was six years ago. I just want to make sure that this "two different oils" are miscible with one another and that I WILL NOT harm my engine."
The answer was short and sweet, somewhere along the lines of: Pennzoil Motor Oil has a shelf life of four years.We recommend you dump this oil and buy new one.

What do you guys think? Can I still safely use it or not? We are talking retail price of about $40.00 to just simply "Dump".

Thanks for your help.

Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595211
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You can safely use it. Pennzoil only tells you what their lawyers want them to tell you. Reality is - you are perfectly safe. Use it with confidence.

Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595218
12/05/17 04:59 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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welcome to BITOG!

Go ahead and use it. It's fine.


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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595225
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GIve it a good shake before opening. What is your “Pride and Joy”?


Cannot see signatures any longer so it doesn’t matter.
Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595231
12/05/17 05:10 PM
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You might want to be aware of the oil spec. And older spec oil would not be appropriate for some modern engines.

In a worst case, there's always the lawn mower. The oil won't go bad just sitting there and as PimTac suggested, give it a good shake.

Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595238
12/05/17 05:25 PM
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Shelf life is likely longer than you're going to live!


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In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595243
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Assuming it meets your vehicle's specs, then yes, go ahead and use it.

Welcome to BITOG. I think you'll like it here.


2015 Infiniti Q50
VAS 5W-30 + FRAM PH6607

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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595244
12/05/17 05:43 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Look at how long oils sit and are used in the car. I am sure that there are 50s and 60s cars that still have their original oils in the axles and trans etc... a few years sitting on your shelf isnt anything.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595262
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Any Pennzoil employee telling you that its synthetic oil has a four year shelf life is a nitwit. Make sure it has the right API rating for your vehicle, and give it a good shake before pouring.


2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 18K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 59K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 89K
2007 Infiniti M35, 107K
Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595263
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There are many BITOG members who will tell you to use oil in sealed containers regardless of age. They tend not to believe anything the oil companies say. Everything the oil companies say or do is a conspiracy to sell you more oil. The same members will also tell you that getting the maximum number of miles or the most time out of an oil change is paramount. They would have you spend all your oil change money on UOAs to prove that old oil is still good. Some of these members will also tell you that 50 year oil in the crankcase of a barn find is perfectly good. IMO if you care about your vehicle, give the old oil to one of the members I mentioned above and buy some new oil for your car.

Last edited by SilverSnake; 12/05/17 06:18 PM.

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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595276
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Send a sample for analysis, just for kicks and giggles.

If it was a beater, I wouldn't hesitate. But for a "pride and joy" automobile... I'd buy new Lube.


2014 Mazda 3 Hatch 2.0L & 6spd - Idemitsu 0w20 Synthetic @ $0.75 a quart. (thanks Advance Auto Parts for the awesome deal)
Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595293
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Use every last drop of your old stock. Mix away.

Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595295
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Sealed bottle stored inside (not exposed to severe temp extreme cycles), I would use it so long as it met the vehicle spec.

Last year I had some Pennzoil Platinum (Pre GTL) made in 2009 that I used in my car. I had no worries about using it.
No, I did not do a VOA or UOA on it. I had no question about it.
I have a stash of oil that will be almost as old or older when I finally use it, not concerned one bit.

I remember some place did some VOA and UOA on oil that had been sitting on the shelf for 30 years and it was fine.
I think Valvoline says a 5 year shelf life.

It is a sue happy world, and they are only covering their rear ends.


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2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20, CQ Blue, 5k
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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: blupupher] #4595331
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The worst that can happen is additives may settle to the bottom which is why we shake the bottles.
Shake and pour baby.


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Re: Shelf life of motor oils??? [Re: anotheroldguy] #4595336
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I think if the seal is not broken, the oil is ok to use. Just shake the oil before pouring it into your engine smile


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