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Using old new oil #4758684
05/16/18 11:10 AM
05/16/18 11:10 AM
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Canada
Broo Offline OP
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While cleaning stuff in the basement, I found 6 liters of 20W50 oil lying around. They are unopened bottles of conventional Castrol GTX with a red cap which are probably about 15 years old since they were meant for a car I don't have anymore.

Instead of bringing them to the recycling center this way and therefore wasting them, I checked the manuals and the oldest car in my fleet could use it in hot temperatures.

For the time of the year that I use this car, I'm just under or at the very beginning of the 20w50 temp range.

I also have some Marvel Mystery Oil I normally use for my small engines. According to Marvel's FAQ, using 20% MMO in the crankcase lowers the oil rating by about 4 points, making it ~16W46.

I must also say that this car usually get 10W30 high mileage oil. It doesn't burn any that I ever noticed, but seeps a little in two spots. Would using this cocktail make it worse ?

What do you think of this plan ?

Should I just stick to straight 20W50 ?

20W50 with a high mileage additive ?

20W50 with both MMO and HM add ?

Not use it at all ?

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758692
05/16/18 11:18 AM
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California
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What is the API rating of the oil vs your cars requirement?


If you think you can, or if you think you can't, You are probably right.

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Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758694
05/16/18 11:19 AM
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Midwest, Illinois
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Just run it straight in the car the manual says it can be run in.


beanoil: Tough under heat, real dirty afterwards.
Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758695
05/16/18 11:20 AM
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Use it for your lawn mower or chainsaw lube

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758700
05/16/18 11:26 AM
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Use it, shake those bottles well since some additives in there will settle to the bottom.
Use a half-dose of HM additive with the 20w50 for the hot months. I'd skip the MMO. ... In that Tercel or Supra

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758712
05/16/18 11:37 AM
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New Jersey, USA
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I have always loved the smell, look, and feel of Castrols conventional base stock product. I guess just as long as it doesn't contain additives that have settled to the bottom of any given brand ...

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758724
05/16/18 11:52 AM
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Looks like a good time to dilute that stock with alcohol and sell it as “Eau de Castrol” laugh

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758730
05/16/18 11:56 AM
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I'd get some 5w20 Castrol GTX to mix it with.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 85k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758731
05/16/18 11:56 AM
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Rabbit Creek, Alaska
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I'm using 45 year old oil in my 240z and have for 6 years. Stored properly and meeting the spec of the engine it's going in, it will be fine.


2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel- RT6 5w40
2015 Prius C Napa 0w20
1973 240Z 10w30 VWC from '73
1973 Triumph Bonneville 750 M1 5w50
1967 BSA 441 Victor Special M1 5w50




Re: Using old new oil [Re: Billbert] #4758743
05/16/18 12:13 PM
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Canada
Broo Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Billbert
What is the API rating of the oil vs your cars requirement?


Good call, I'll check it out when I'm back home.

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758755
05/16/18 12:26 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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The tercel and the supra would probably handle it OK, but you have to watch higher revs when the oil is cold as it may not drain back from the head as fast as its pumped up there. Partially sludged drain back holes won't help things.
You should do a before and after 0-60 test on the Tercel. I think it will be significantly slower with the 20W50.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: Using old new oil [Re: IndyIan] #4758759
05/16/18 12:28 PM
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Canada
Broo Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: IndyIan
You should do a before and after 0-60 test on the Tercel. I think it will be significantly slower with the 20W50.


I don't think it can be any slower unless it's broken down. We're talking 23-25 seconds 0-60 here.

There's no way I'll use this oil in my Supra, even though the manual says I could.

Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758800
05/16/18 12:59 PM
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1. Send some of it for a VOA
2. I am sure someone would pay shipping or pick it up locally. Vintage 20W50 for BITOG hipsters! EDIT: Where do you live in Canada?

Last edited by maxdustington; 05/16/18 01:01 PM.

03 Jetta AWP/09A 205k kms
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Re: Using old new oil [Re: Nick1994] #4758877
05/16/18 02:41 PM
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Central Florida
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I'd get some 5w20 Castrol GTX to mix it with.
+1 Me Too! 50/50

Last edited by StevieBoy; 05/16/18 02:48 PM.

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Re: Using old new oil [Re: Broo] #4758914
05/16/18 03:35 PM
05/16/18 03:35 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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I had an 84 Tercel and I think the crankcase held 4 quarts for an oil change. I'd use 3 qts of the 20w-50 and mix in a quart of 5w-30.


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