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2 years. Change or run it? #5344953 02/08/20 11:05 PM
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The Castrol edge 5w40 in my Can Am Maverick is going on 2 years in the crank case. Less than 50 miles on the oil as we just have not used the side by side much lately.

It mostly just sits in my garage. I have taken it out for some short putts but that's all. Like I said maybe 50 miles max on the oil.

If the weather holds out we may take it out for a few hours tomorrow. I'm seriously thinking of changing it after tomorrows ride.

Or leave it? Does time effect the oil filter in any way? Make the paper brittle?


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5344959 02/08/20 11:16 PM
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I'm with you. Change it an the filter.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5344986 02/09/20 12:06 AM
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I couldn't do that. I would've changed it at least 1 year ago. Oil is cheap, that "Toy" ain't.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5344987 02/09/20 12:09 AM
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Oil doesn't just go bad sitting in a crank case. Changing it would be a waste of resources.

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: oldhp] #5344991 02/09/20 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by oldhp
I couldn't do that. I would've changed it at least 1 year ago. Oil is cheap, that "Toy" ain't.

I normally would not let it go this long but life happened,it's a quality oil and I have to gut the interier to get to the oil filter. Takes me about 3 hrs.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5344993 02/09/20 12:17 AM
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Just run it at least an hour to burn off any moisture. The oil and filter will be fine.

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345026 02/09/20 02:30 AM
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How many quarts does that thing take?


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345074 02/09/20 07:09 AM
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I would change the oil and filter. It's not worth the risk of prematurely wearing out the engine for a $20 bill.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345097 02/09/20 08:17 AM
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Go by the dipstick. Does the oil still look like it did when you changed it? If so, leave it, it's not going deteriorate in the pan or after driving 50 miles. And a name brand filter isn't going to deteriorate after 2 years in clean oil.

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345104 02/09/20 08:31 AM
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absolutely crazy and to be honest, stupid to change it. The "oil is cheap and your toy is not crowd" is using emotion and not common sense. When you do run it, heat it up fully. I have a 4 stroke jetski, same situation. I change it maybe once every 3 years. The oil looks pristine even then.

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345122 02/09/20 09:01 AM
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I am with the run it long enough to burn off any moisture crowd. I have pretty much gone entirely to hours or miles on my equipment as I also have some that does not get used much. Nothing bad has happened yet

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345170 02/09/20 10:15 AM
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Thanks. The oil looks as new as when I poured it in. It holds 2.3 qts. The cost is not the problem it's the very unfavorable conditions necessary to change the oil.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345171 02/09/20 10:17 AM
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Why change it ? There are plenty of UOA's out there to ease your mind.

Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345206 02/09/20 11:08 AM
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Chris, I think I would leave it in one more year and change it at the end of this year. I'm sure the oil and filter are fine.


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Re: 2 years. Change or run it? [Re: Chris142] #5345211 02/09/20 11:15 AM
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You're in the desert. It's not going to be contaminated by condensation/moisture. I would leave it.

IF you were here in VB, by the ocean, with lots of salt and moisture in the air, I would change it.

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