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Businesses, such as an automotive dealer or a manufacturing plant that runs complex machineries, often need to store synthetic motor oil for prolonged periods. To ensure their stock remains in good condition and does not go stale, they have to take the necessary precautions. Synthetic oil can actually last for a long period of time, but only when stored properly. The key to prolonging the shelf life of oil lies in keeping its consistency and properties the same. Introducing new factors to the oil and changing its property may cause the oil to deteriorate at a faster rate. Here are some of these harmful factors that could affect the longevity of synthetic oil:


  • Moisture – One of your biggest enemies against deterioration is moisture. Water reacts with some of the oil additives that manufacturers put in, causing the oil to become insoluble. Moisture can also degrade oil by introducing microbial growth. To avoid this, store your oils and lubricants in a place where air moisture and condensation is low.
  • Temperature – Oils and lubricants come with instructions on the recommended storage temperature. On average, manufacturers advise a temperature of between 40 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but if the label says differently, it’s best to follow what it indicates.
  • Dust and Contaminants – Dust can play a large role in the deterioration of your oil. If possible, oil should be stored in their original packaging. Otherwise, keep oil in airtight containers, as dust and other contaminants often come with the air that enters a container. Additionally, vibration and temperature variations can introduce air–and consequently, dust and contaminants–into the oil.
  • Additives – Certain additives can also be used to prevent the deterioration of your oil. Some dispersants and calcium additives can help in keeping oil clean, and preventing sludge formation. Rust and corrosion inhibitor additives can be used to protect lubricants against condensation. Alkaline additives can be used to neutralize some acids, and some depressants can help the oil withstand extreme temperatures better. Be careful however that you only use expert-approved additives. Some components of synthetic oil may react negatively to certain additives, so ask for advice first.

Aside from these, it is also important to remember that you must only use top quality materials, so be sure to get your lubricants and automotive dealer supplies from trusted companies like Apache Oil Company. Such a supplier can also provide you with the necessary pointers and instructions to help prolong the shelf and service lives of your synthetic motor oil.

Extended Storage of Synthetic Motor Oils, brighthubengineering.com

Posted on Sep 30, 2015

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