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#4782657 - 06/09/18 11:46 PM Shelf life
Spitter Offline

Registered: 06/02/18
Posts: 39
Loc: Kentucky
What is the shelf life of motor oil?
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#4782659 - 06/09/18 11:47 PM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
Marco620 Offline

Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 2195
Loc: Deplorable Kansan,HK fan!
Sealed and inside? Long time
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#4782673 - 06/10/18 12:40 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
bubbatime Offline

Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5628
Loc: South Florida
5 years
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#4782680 - 06/10/18 01:13 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
Franz Offline

Registered: 06/09/18
Posts: 55
Loc: Austria
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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#4782739 - 06/10/18 05:41 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
OilUzer Offline

Registered: 07/31/17
Posts: 140
Loc: WA
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!

#4782745 - 06/10/18 05:53 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29809
Loc: NY
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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#4782810 - 06/10/18 07:58 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
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Registered: 07/04/16
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
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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#4782874 - 06/10/18 08:57 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Franz]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6178
Loc: Waco, TX
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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#4782876 - 06/10/18 08:58 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
andyd Offline

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7168
Loc: Marshfield , MA
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

#4782936 - 06/10/18 10:23 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
hallstevenson Offline

Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 340
Loc: Ohio
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.

#4782965 - 06/10/18 10:57 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Linctex]
Franz Offline

Registered: 06/09/18
Posts: 55
Loc: Austria
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!

#4782966 - 06/10/18 10:59 AM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
03s Offline

Registered: 09/21/08
Posts: 70
Loc: St. Catharines Ontario Canada
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

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

ExxonMobil recommends a five-year maximum shelf life for engine oils, including Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil.
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#4783136 - 06/10/18 03:13 PM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
Bryanccfshr Offline

Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 5719
Loc: Durango, Co
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.

Edited by Bryanccfshr (06/10/18 03:15 PM)
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#4784004 - 06/11/18 03:22 PM Re: Shelf life [Re: Spitter]
blupupher Offline

Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4429
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
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.
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#4784012 - 06/11/18 03:33 PM Re: Shelf life [Re: bubbatime]
jayg Offline

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 1210
Loc: Rabbit Creek, Alaska
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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