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Old 10-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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When to change oil before storage or after

Ok just wondering I am putting my car up for the winter will have about 1100 miles at that point. Question is should I change the oil before I store it or when I take it out?
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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If you not going to drive it at all I always change it after because the oil will get some moisture in it. If you going to drive it some I would change it before and after.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Are you going to start it up every one in awhile to charge the battery? I would think this would be another reason to change it before.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:07 AM   #4
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you can change it before if you want, but even if you havent driven one mile you need to change the oil after 6 months or so. synthetic does have a fantastic resistance to breaking down over time. if the car is exposed to very cold temperatures and/or varying climate id definately change it before driving it again due to moisture like said above
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:48 AM   #5
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Car is going to be parked in a semi heated garage 50 degrees or so but will not beable to run it at all till april. At that point should I start it at all or change the oil before I even start it in April.
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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IMO you can start it and all, just make sure the oil is a priority. synthetic is good stuff, and with those temps youll be just fine
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I would change the oil first thing before I start it. Here is my theory on this, gravity will take over and any moister in the car should drop down to the oil pan. Starting it before hand will just throw oil and water around.

Just my 2 cents.
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You should chage the oil before you park it and leave it alone. The nasty stuff in the oil that comes from combustion will be gone and the internals will be protected from exposure to the nasties. The fresh oil does not care if it is in the bottle or in your engine either way. Condensation (if any happens) will be burned out when you warm it up to full operating temp the first time.

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Ok just wondering I am putting my car up for the winter will have about 1100 miles at that point. Question is should I change the oil before I store it or when I take it out?
See, naturally, the water will farm in the oil in six months approximately, If you are putting for so long period , then you don't change the oil, and change it when you would like to take it on road.
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You have 1100 miles...Better to get all that junk out before storage. I would run the car for at least 20 minutes or longer in driveway and get the oil nice and hot. That way you will get all that loose metal on the bottom of the oil pan.

MAke sure you have an increased capacity oil pan and when you get the plug out, drop the jack and allow to drain for at least 30 minutes.
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