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#4614706 - 12/26/17 01:19 PM Oil life in container
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Registered: 03/22/16
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Loc: South Africa
Odd question .How long does oil last in the plastic container ,cap closed but foil seal broken ? Want to use it on one of my cars in July when the next service is due.

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#4614711 - 12/26/17 01:25 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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Many many years!
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#4614719 - 12/26/17 01:31 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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Longer than any of our lifetimes!

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#4614721 - 12/26/17 01:32 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: old1]
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Loc: South Africa
Great .Castrols helpline wasnt sure ,but i think thats to limit
liability given by their call centre agent

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#4614739 - 12/26/17 01:49 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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A very long time. There was an article written by someone from Blackstone labs and they tested oil that was in unopened cans well over 20 years old, if memory serves me correctly. It was fine. Maybe someone here has the article bookmarked.
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#4614742 - 12/26/17 01:59 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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35 years
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#4614761 - 12/26/17 02:25 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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The answers you are getting at NOT what oil manufacturers will tell you. For example, Shell told me the shelf life of UNOPENED, sealed oil containers is 5 years if stored in proper environmental conditions. You can decide who to believe.
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#4614804 - 12/26/17 03:12 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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When it was in the ground for a million years how much did it deteriorate?
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#4614846 - 12/26/17 04:08 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
When it was in the ground for a million years how much did it deteriorate?

You mean it was a fully formulated motor oil all that time? With additives and everything?
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#4614879 - 12/26/17 04:28 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: kschachn]
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Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
When it was in the ground for a million years how much did it deteriorate?

You mean it was a fully formulated motor oil all that time? With additives and everything?


Most the stuff in that formulation where in the ground a million years as well. So did they deteriorate?
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#4614903 - 12/26/17 04:47 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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20-30-40 years from now, shake it up and pour.

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#4614918 - 12/26/17 05:04 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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#4614921 - 12/26/17 05:04 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Matt97]
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I use a 30 year old stash of mobil 1 at work with zero issues.

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#4614937 - 12/26/17 05:22 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Registered: 09/13/03
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
When it was in the ground for a million years how much did it deteriorate?

You mean it was a fully formulated motor oil all that time? With additives and everything?


Most the stuff in that formulation where in the ground a million years as well. So did they deteriorate?


Not really valid to compare Crude oil to refined oil products. Refined oil has additive that will come out of solution in about 5 years when store in warm environment or 2 years when stored in cold. Shacking container will not put them back into sloution
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#4614952 - 12/26/17 05:32 PM Re: Oil life in container [Re: Bluestream]
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Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 263
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
When it was in the ground for a million years how much did it deteriorate?

You mean it was a fully formulated motor oil all that time? With additives and everything?


Most the stuff in that formulation where in the ground a million years as well. So did they deteriorate?


Not really valid to compare Crude oil to refined oil products. Refined oil has additive that will come out of solution in about 5 years when store in warm environment or 2 years when stored in cold. Shacking container will not put them back into sloution


why would shaking, and then run through the engine, not blend the additives back in? don't see how that can be.

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