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Old 13th November 2007, 17:21   #1
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My Sumo needs an engine oil change and the API-CI rated Castrol GTX Diesel available at the distributor is dated 07/2006 which is 16 months old.

Can I safely use it?
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Old 13th November 2007, 17:24   #2
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If it is in a sealed can....i really do not think there will be a problem.
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I dont think it will be an issue Nitrous. Engine oil is designed to perform in pretty harsh conditions like high temperature etc. So just ensure the container is sealed to rule out any pilfering or adulteration and you're good to go.
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In a sealed condition its not a problem at all.
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Mostly all engine oils are certified with a shelf life of 5 years.

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Yup. You can safely use it. also, its a Sumo, so it's not very particular about the oil it uses! lol
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Also, its a Sumo, so it's not very particular about the oil it uses! lol
ROFL

Anna, that's hardly old stock in Oil terms!
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hey man

mobil 1 has a very safe self life of 5 years

synthetics do have a longer shelf life in harsher conditions as compared to rock oil
: just make sure the bottles sealed
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Taking all the Oil-walas green signal, I've bought the oil.
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sorry for digging up an old thread, but i found this with the search function

but is it OK to use oil that has been opened but not used? its been sitting on my shelf for 2 months with the lid closed tight, but not sealed.

a full 3 litres of magnatec, which is sufficient for my DDiS.seems a waste to throw it away just cos it was opened.

does the oil degrade just sitting on the shelf?
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Can be used,rg.
OT:
Magnatec is not diesel oil.Especially new gen diesels require atleast CG/CH-4 rating.
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2 month oil is safe to use.
But not this magnatec for your swift. Swift requires API-CH, Magnatec is API-CF4.
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Swift needs just 3lit? Xing needs 3.3L for top up.
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thanks for the replies guys! but, its a 10W 40 oil meets SAE,CF, API standards. is that not sufficient? 3 litres is enough for the swift D. atleast, it fills up when i empty 3 litres into it.
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Check out your Swift D manual I think it says API-CH required, and not API-CF
The series is CD,CF,CG,CH,CI
If your manual says CH you can put in API-CH or API-CI.
Castrol GTX Diesel(Not GTD) is a common API-CI oil available and its pretty cheap too(20% less than Magnatec)
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