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Monthly Archives: March 2022

Long Term Storage in Relation to Engine Oil

How often should I change my engine oil if I don’t drive my car? Almost weekly we are confronted with this question; it’s a tough one to answer because most of the time nobody wants to hear the real facts.  How the car is stored, for what period of time and which engine lubricant is utilized are additional necessary questions. Lubrizol performed an oil analysis study for military vehicles, they found that if an engine is not started, meaning no combustion whatsoever, the engine oil can last up to 6 years without servicing, but it’s not as simple as it appears. If your car is truly in long term climate controlled storage, then it is fine to let it sit for quite a few years without touching the engine oil, if you follow one simple rule, you must turn the crankshaft with a wrench to make sure the rotating parts see variable resting points, the piston rings get moved and primarily so that the crankshaft main and connecting rod bearings not get mated to their compo ... read more