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Old 05-22-2020, 06:29 AM
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My Wife's Mustang oil has not been changed in about a year. It probably has 2k on the oil and has 6 quarts in the 4.6L. Should I change it or is is still OK? I can see both sides, yes because of maybe condensation in it to no because it a good drive will burn the condensation off. I wouldn't think there would be breakdown. I know it is cheap insurance but I take this one to the shop because it is so low and tires are too wide for ramps and I'd rather not go there quite yet. Thanks for any info. Jim
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:11 AM
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It is cheap insurance but, I don't go by how long it's been in there only by the mileage.
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Drive it and forget it, until it really needs a change. (I change at mileage intervals like OI said.)

Like many of us here, I have several vehicles and probably always will. (I've had some that didn't turn a wheel for a year or more.) I don't worry about the oil's age and I never will, just make sure it's full.

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Drive it and forget it, until it really needs a change. (I change at mileage intervals like OI said.)

Like many of us here, I have several vehicles and probably always will. (I've had some that didn't turn a wheel for a year or more.) I don't worry about the oil's age and I never will, just make sure it's full.

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I change the oil in my truck after winter storage. In fact, any of my vehicles get an oil change after any long-term storage. Most experts will agree that you should change the oil yearly if you don't get to the mileage interval in the year. So yes, you should change it. It's extremely cheap insurance.

Since the climate in Connecticut is pretty temperature, you can probably stretch to over a year without much concern but I'd still change it.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:59 AM
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It takes millions of years to create oil so it should last the same length of time.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:08 AM
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I was told that oil fouls quicker with occasional startup, needs to be driven at highway temp once in awhile because of condensation.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:09 AM
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Thank you all. I will keep an eye on it for now. There are no plans to take it very far in the coming months anyway so the new oil will just be sitting in there. Even without the lock down this is a pretty slow driving time of year for us. Jim
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Old 05-23-2020, 03:51 PM
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On a carbed vehicle I'd be more worried about changing the oil after one has been sitting than on a FI one. Carbs sometimes leak down the cylinders, FI doesn't unless you have a leaky inhector. I always smell the oil in my lawnmowers before starting them every year, if it smells like gas, it gets changed.
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Old 05-23-2020, 06:41 PM
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I'd let it slide. If it's a lot of short trips I would change more often than if all highway miles. As far as condensation concerns, The best way to change oil is when it has been heated up so as to get the condensation out. Drive and get it to full temp and enjoy it.
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