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Shelf life #4782657
06/09/18 11:46 PM
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Kentucky
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What is the shelf life of motor oil?


2004 Silverado 5.3
Pennzoil ultra platinum 10w30 acdelco upf44
2006 Buick lucerne 3.8
Pennzoil ultra platinum 5w30 acdelco pf47
Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782659
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Sealed and inside? Long time


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Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782673
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5 years


17 Chrysler Pacifica Mobil 1 5W30
13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
12 Suzuki S40 Rotella 15W40
10 Acura TSX 2.4 PZL Plat 5W30
06 GMC Sierra Nextgen 10W30


Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782680
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Austria
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Mannol here in europe has printed 5 years shelf life on its containers another oil Company which is named KUTTENKEULER prints 15 years on its containers! I have just made an oil Change at my hyundai getz with a jug of elf 5w40 which I have purchused in 2013 and it ran out of the jug as clear as it does from the new drums in our Company. So I guess 10 years stored dry and clean should be okay!

Just take care to match the API Ratings for your car!

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05 Hyundai GEtz Elf 5w40
08 Hyundai Accent Mannol 0w40
17 Nissan Micra Mannol 5w0

Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782739
06/10/18 05:41 AM
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We had a recent thread about this ... What was the consensus? Can't recall!
Imo, if you haven't used it in 3-5 years, you are hoarding. So use it before it gets there!
Having said that, I found a case of 10W-30 chevron supreme buried in the garage some where which was ~5 years old and used it in my older cars... The cars are still running very fine! I think oil should be fine i am not sure what additives may do after a long period ... I am not familiar with their chemistry!

Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782745
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Shelf life questions come up a lot and should be made a sticky I think. Oil in a sealed container lasts a very long time. Shake it up and pour it in. As long as it meets or exceeds the specs for the vehicle you plan on using it in the oil will be fine.


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Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782810
06/10/18 07:58 AM
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I have a few quarts of VWB 5w30 API SL in the garage that I intend to use. That Spec has been superseded for a while now. My best guess on decoding the bottle date code puts it around the 2002 timeframe. I've also used John Deere oil from cardboard cans in my daily driver's. No issues to report. I think the "shelf life" game is a joke.


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Re: Shelf life [Re: Franz] #4782874
06/10/18 08:57 AM
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Longer than 20 years.

I have lots of oil from the 90's... lot of engines going back to the 1940's, also though

Originally Posted By: Franz

Just take care to match the API Ratings for your car!


Yep. I wouldn't use 20 year old oil in a new car, but it works just fine in the older stuff.

My old 1943 Farmall H and my 1970's tree branch chipper haven't had the oil changed in well over 15 years.


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Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782876
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The cardboard cans degrade after a few decades and become oil-logged. I carefully decanted some 48 yr old Amalie 50w carefully and use it for bar oil. If I had an old Norton,my brother does, I'd use it in that. More mkt'ing hoo hah

Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782936
06/10/18 10:23 AM
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There is no one correct answer. The base "oil" part can surely remain good for a very, very long time (doubt anyone will put a number on it) but the additives can have different shelf lives.

Re: Shelf life [Re: Linctex] #4782965
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Hi! If you have some oil bottles from the 90s I am interested in them empty or full I would pay a good Price for them if you are interested to ship them to Pennsylvania!

Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4782966
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Seen recent threads on this topic and it seems that if it has been subject to extreme high or low temperatures and is thick and sticky, and has solid or gel-like particles, do not use it. Or go by what ExxonMobil says.

Shelf life of unopened Mobil 1™ quarts

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“Does Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil (in an unopened quart) have any sort of shelf life, like conventional motor oil?”

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ExxonMobil recommends a five-year maximum shelf life for engine oils, including Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil.


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Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4783136
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I have 5 quarts of NAPA synthetic 5w20 SM . I used the rest of the case in a Jeep I sold in 2010. I am not to stressed if I ever use it or not. Since formulations have changed so much I can’t find a matching quart and a half to make an actual oil change so it will probably remain unused. The fact that it sat in a work truck toolbox for 5 or so years getting shaken, and exposed to heat and cold makes me less likely to pour it into a newer engine.

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Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter] #4784004
06/11/18 03:22 PM
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Depending on the manufacturer, anywhere from 3 years to indefinite.

So long as it is stored unopened, in a semi conditioned space (ie never below freezing and never above 120°F), and the oil meets spec for the vehicle it is going in, then I have no issues using it.
I have used oil that has been sitting on my shelf for 10 years, and was 2-3 years old when I got it. While I don't have a UOA to show "everything is fine", as far as I am concerned, everything is fine.
Just give the bottle a good shake and pour it in.


1994 Honda VT1100: Peak 15w-40/PSL/2500 mile OCI
2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

Re: Shelf life [Re: bubbatime] #4784012
06/11/18 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
5 years


Wrong. Stored properly, it lasts much much longer than that. I'm running 45 year old oil with no issues.


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'15 Prius C Napa 0w20
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