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Old 03-29-2003, 01:41 PM
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Shelf life of bottled engine oil and ATF (no brake fluid here!)

Dear friends,

If I buy lots of engine oil/ATF and store them in the garage for several years (e.g. 5 years), will there be any degradation in their lubrication or additive-assisted anti-sludge & soot control quality?

I think they should be OK almost forever. What are your opinions?

Thank you very much.

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Old 03-29-2003, 02:19 PM
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I don't see why there'd be a problem.

You might want to shake the bottle before use though.
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Old 03-29-2003, 02:26 PM
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Why are you wanting to stock up and keep the fluids and keep them around for 5 years. The fluids should be fine though. I however can see you doing this if you can find a good deal on Mobile 1, and buying as much as you can. I have almost done this before, but passed on it due to some major oil leaks in my car.
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Old 03-29-2003, 02:35 PM
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well sales come and go................


and they are always making advances in their oils. Thats reason enough to not stock p for 5 years.


I stock up for a year's worth just cause it's easier to buy a case of Delvac 1300 at NAPA that way
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Old 04-01-2003, 10:49 PM
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Oil life

I have noticed a fair amount of solid particles (wax??) settling in the bottom of engine oil cans that were sitting around between 4 to 6 years. So, even if it is a minority view, I would try to use up the oil before year 4, better yet, before year 2.
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:32 PM
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Thank you all for your precious replies. I will only buy enough oil
for about a year supply. Anyway, Kragen always has good deals
on oil.

Best regards,

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