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#660931 - 02/03/06 07:23 PM How long can you store motor oil?
06RANGER Offline


Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 374
Loc: New Orleans
Say if you find your brand on sale, how long can you plan to stockpile it?

What about filters?

I know someone must have asked this before, but my search didn't find any results.

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#660932 - 02/04/06 08:06 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 8036
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
I think the average name-brand passenger oil -- when kept in a dry environment like your semi-finished basement with normal living room temps & humidity, could last possibly 10 years.

I don't put my oils & filters in my unheated Michigan garage anymore. But that's because my stash is now up to a 2-3 year supply for five vehicles.

This disease I acquired from BITOG is malignant - but non-fatal/non-painful to anything but my wallet. [Burnout]

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#660933 - 02/03/06 10:44 PM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Ray H Offline


Registered: 01/16/03
Posts: 4478
Loc: Southern California
Somewhat longer. [Smile] The MSDSs consistently state "indefinitely" when sealed containers of motor oil are stored under normal ambient conditions (in other words no hotter than mammalian biology can sustain without injury).

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#660934 - 02/04/06 12:51 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Vilan Offline


Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1577
Loc: Surrey, BC
I've got some bottled-in-1984 oil in my car right now. Was stored in an unheated garage. So far so good.

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#660935 - 02/04/06 01:57 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Matt89 Offline


Registered: 04/21/03
Posts: 1432
Loc: Virginia
Depends on what oil it is and which BITOG members discover that you have it.

I concur with not leaving it out in the icy cold winter after winter...but that probably doesn't even matter.

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#660936 - 02/04/06 02:08 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
MC5W20 Offline


Registered: 01/30/06
Posts: 855
Loc: Arizona
As I understand it, forever. However, there is some debate about certain additives that are used in the oil. The ones under debate aren't used in every oil, so I see this as a non-issue.

Realisticly, how many years supply do you plan to store? I would say right now I've got a 1.25 year supply for my Ranger and a 4 year supply for my Oldsmobile. I have never even considered or thought of the oil going bad while being stored in my non-climate controlled garage.

I would worry more about what the oil would cost next year as opposed to if the oil I bought now is going to still be good next year.

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#660937 - 02/04/06 05:29 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
GreeCguy Offline


Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 2688
Loc: Elderly County, Florida
I have used oil that has been in storage for up to six years - no problem. I like to keep mine in rotation. About two years worth sit out in my shed and deal with temps from about 30 degrees to 110 degrees. The remaining oil I keep in the house, (under the bed, in the closet, behind books on the bookshelf. I counted last night - 584 quarts. My wife is a good woman).

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#660938 - 02/04/06 05:36 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Tosh Offline


Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 2689
Loc: Silicon Valley
My concern would be how long the plastic bottle lasts before it gets brittle.

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#660939 - 02/04/06 05:48 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
GreeCguy Offline


Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 2688
Loc: Elderly County, Florida
I've got some 20 year old Quaker State 10 W 40 in plastic bottles. The bottles have never been opened, and yet, the little window on the side shows 28 ozs. The plastic bottles are still soft and flexable but are slowly turning brown. My guess is that over time sitting in my Dad's shed in heat and cold of two decades, the oil has seeped through the plastic. I'm not going to use the oil but hang onto it as an experiment. I think as long as the bottles/jugs are kept out of the sun, they'll be fine.

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#660940 - 02/04/06 06:12 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9364
Loc: USA
GreeCguy-"I counted last night - 584 quarts. My wife is a good woman)."

[Eek!] [bowdown] can anyone beat 584 quarts? [Big Grin]

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#660941 - 02/04/06 06:36 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
MC5W20 Offline


Registered: 01/30/06
Posts: 855
Loc: Arizona
I've got 2,176 oz. [Big Grin]

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#660942 - 02/04/06 10:57 AM Re: How long can you store motor oil?
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12838
Loc: UT
quote:
can anyone beat 584 quarts?
I'm close... [Big Grin]

Take care, bill [Coffee]

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