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Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? #4843817
08/18/18 02:04 PM
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Seems Chevron answers this question with their Euro 5W40 Havoline Ultra
Read down to the bottom in the gray box.
60 months from the bottle filling date- Interesting

https://cglapps.chevron.com/msdspds/PDSDetailPage.aspx?docDataId=359824&docFormat=PDF


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843828
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Running 15 year old 0W30 "green" Castrol in a half dozen vehicles and OPE engines.
No blowups yet.
Will continue to monitor.

Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843846
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Originally Posted By: Zee09
Seems Chevron answers this question with their Euro 5W40 Havoline Ultra
Read down to the bottom in the gray box.
60 months from the bottle filling date- Interesting



Its would only be really interesting if it was believable.

So it isn't.

Last edited by Ducked; 08/18/18 03:08 PM.
Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843885
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Originally Posted By: Zee09
Seems Chevron answers this question with their Euro 5W40 Havoline Ultra
Read down to the bottom in the gray box.
60 months years from the bottle filling date- Interesting

https://cglapps.chevron.com/msdspds/PDSDetailPage.aspx?docDataId=359824&docFormat=PDF


There I fixed their obvious error.

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 08/18/18 03:51 PM.

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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843886
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As I was doing an oil change on my Outback last weekend, I thought how I had never seen a date on a bottle of motor oil, and reasoned that if there were a shelf life to motor oil, manufacturers would print a date on the bottles. Looks like Chevron has now done it.

Perhaps Chevron's reasoning is, 5 years is about all and API standard lasts before a new one is approved. Sometimes more. Sometimes less.

Last edited by BHopkins; 08/18/18 03:55 PM.

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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: nascarnation] #4843888
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Originally Posted By: nascarnation
Running 15 year old 0W30 "green" Castrol in a half dozen vehicles and OPE engines.



A lot of long time members of this site would kill to get their hands on some of that good ole elixir right there! slobber


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Patman] #4843891
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Originally Posted By: Patman
Originally Posted By: nascarnation
Running 15 year old 0W30 "green" Castrol in a half dozen vehicles and OPE engines

A lot of long time members of this site would kill to get their hands on some of that good ole elixir right there! slobber

Although on the other hand the current 0W-40 carries the same slate of specifications and Id defy anyone to show its somehow inferior.


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Ducked] #4843896
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Originally Posted By: Zee09
Seems Chevron answers this question with their Euro 5W40 Havoline Ultra
Read down to the bottom in the gray box.
60 months from the bottle filling date- Interesting



Its would only be really interesting if it was believable.

So it isn't.


That's not the point.
It is asked here daily.
The manufacturer has spoken.
This is a first from what I have seen.

Doesn't matter what Joe Blow does!


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Ducked] #4843915
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Originally Posted By: Zee09
Seems Chevron answers this question with their Euro 5W40 Havoline Ultra
Read down to the bottom in the gray box.
60 months from the bottle filling date- Interesting



Its would only be really interesting if it was believable.

So it isn't.


And just how do you know all this Mr. Ducked?


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843950
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Fact is, the additives that are in engine oil can and do have a shelf life. No one here knows what that time frame is. The lame argument that "oil" is millions of years old doesn't apply to a formulated product.

Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843951
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I think that BITOG members can better answer the question of:
"What is the shelf life of motor oil"?


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: hallstevenson] #4843952
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Originally Posted By: hallstevenson
Fact is, the additives that are in engine oil can and do have a shelf life. No one here knows what that time frame is. The lame argument that "oil" is millions of years old doesn't apply to a formulated product.
Blackstone tested some oils from the 1960's and the additives they were supposed to have were there and intact. A five year shelf life for oil is ludicrous--formulated or otherwise.


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: hallstevenson] #4843954
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Originally Posted By: hallstevenson
Fact is, the additives that are in engine oil can and do have a shelf life. No one here knows what that time frame is. The lame argument that "oil" is millions of years old doesn't apply to a formulated product.



^^^^^
Very interesting point here. I do wonder what the shelf life of the additives are. That's the x factor in this whole equation.


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4843977
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Dunno-I'm running the last of the famous 99 cent Delo 400 SAE 30 AZ clearance oil in my brother's flat tappet SBC right now, multiple OPE, and in the 7.3 F-450-that oil has to be 12-13 years old, minimum-and nothing I've used it in has blown up yet!


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Re: Motor Oil Shelf Life-Chevron Answers The ????? [Re: Zee09] #4844012
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Pennzoil is 4 years.

Mobil says 5 years for theirs

Valvoline says it does not ever expire (but gives an API warning and shake bottle note).

This has been on their sites for quite a while, so nothing really new here.


IMO, most of these are not truly the expiration of the oil, but more an expiration on the API rating.
As well as a legal way out of any issues with using an older oil that may not have been stored under ideal conditions.

As many others have said, oil does not go bad. There may be some additive fallout, but overall the oil is fine to use so long as the bottle is sealed.

I have and will continue to use "old" new oil so long as it meets the API rating and is the correct viscosity for the vehicle it is going in.


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