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Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? #4661123
02/09/18 03:47 PM
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wowthisexists Offline OP
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Car gets driven 500 miles in 2 years.
Do you change it? Or is it fine?

Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661127
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99% sure it's fine. But just to check, get a UOA smile


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661128
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If you don't short trip it, then I wouldn't change the oil until it had around 5k miles on it.

Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661134
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so that would be 20 years for the OP?


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661137
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In the hypothetical that each time the engine was started it was allowed to warm up fully i would not change it in 2 years.


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661141
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I'd say it would be fine. If you have any doubts get a UOA done.


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661142
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Is 20 year old oil bad?

Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661148
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If you live in the Rust Belt, and don't keep the vehicle in a humidity controlled environment, the filter will rust after a couple years. I also wouldn't push a basic cellulose filter past 2 years regardless of mileage-but a synthetic media filter could go longer.


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661149
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If we're splitting hairs then one should question the value of a vehicle that is only driven 500 miles in 2 years. Why even own such a thing?

And if the answer is -- it's a precious collectible! Then change the oil yearly because it's precious collectible.

But if it's a '92 Pontiac Sunfire with no paint and a dying interior then why bother wasting oil?

Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661153
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I'm a thickie; assimilate
But 20s have their place

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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661154
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Why yearly? Does oil go "stale" ?
Why should you change it yearly?
It's already millions of years old.
What's another 20 ?

Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661170
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Originally Posted By: wowthisexists
Car gets driven 500 miles in 2 years.
Do you change it? Or is it fine?


Where is that car parked (inside/outside) and in what climate?

UOA is a good idea, but I would run it at least 1,000 or 1,500 miles before doing that.


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661185
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Do you have plans to drive it more than 250 miles per year in the future? What are you worried about happening to the car if you don't change the oil? A little sludge in another 100 years?


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661192
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What vehicle and driving conditions?


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Re: Consensus on oil "going bad" even if not driven? [Re: wowthisexists] #4661206
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Originally Posted By: wowthisexists
Is 20 year old oil bad?


I have older farm equipment with 20 year oil in it - it's just fine.

We talked all about this yesterday:
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4661201


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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
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