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Old 11-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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Should you change oil and filter before you put it in storage or wait till you get it out. I change it once a year despite the mileage.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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I change my low miles/hours per year vehicles (MH, truck, Jeep, tractor) once per year in my birthday month. Storage, annual usage cycle, etc. matters not.
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I do 2 5000-7000 mile trips per year

I change fluids after each trip before storage as I like to send the coach to bed without all the pollutants in the engine that would induce rust and pitting.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:19 AM   #4
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I have heard that most engine folks recommend before, just for the reason stated by Steve. You get all the crap out before it sits for those months, especially if you are storing for a long cold winter. I agree with that also.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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Yearly before you store to get out all of the contaminants.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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Yearly before storage. My boat mfgr. recommends the same.
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I learned a lesson in the Navy, put my car in storage for a 6 mo. cruise, Jumped off the ship when we returned,had a oil & lube job done & hit the road. 500 miles later differential was in pieces in the pumpkin. Storing it with low fluid let the seals dry out, 500 miles on the road let enough lube leak out to destroy the rear end. Lesson learned.
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Depends on the climate in my opinion. While the reasons to do it prior to storage may be valid, in wet climates I would desire to eliminate the water build up from the sweating that will be done in the oil pan, and thus in the oil, so spring would be my choice.

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Could be both, depending on how long it is stored. You want to get the contaminated oil out before storing it (even if looks clean, it can acids, etc. in it). Even though the motor hasn't run during storage, condensation can get into the oil, causing problems. Not running the engine long enough to get it hot enough to evaporate the condensation every so often will permit even more accumulation.
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I learned a lesson in the Navy, put my car in storage for a 6 mo. cruise, Jumped off the ship when we returned,had a oil & lube job done & hit the road. 500 miles later differential was in pieces in the pumpkin. Storing it with low fluid let the seals dry out, 500 miles on the road let enough lube leak out to destroy the rear end. Lesson learned.
FYI... seals dont "dry" out. If that were the case... the new seals sitting in inventory at parts stores would be worthless.
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I had 2 gas motorhomes. Changed oil and had ful lube service before storage and gave it exercise every 2 months to "drive" out crankcase moisture. 2 rigs, 20 years, no problems.

Now, fulltimers with a FRED (Front Engine Diesel). Oil and lube every 6 months. And excercise every month if staying in a place long term.
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Change it before storing...otherwise you put the thing to bed with a belly full of dirty oil which may contain some acids.

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Ok, I know this sounds crazy, but what constitues "dirty" oil. Due to health reasons we only took one trip after changing the oil this summer. Net there are 700 miles on the current oil. is it "dirty"?
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Ok, I know this sounds crazy, but what constitues "dirty" oil. Due to health reasons we only took one trip after changing the oil this summer. Net there are 700 miles on the current oil. is it "dirty"?
Not in my opinion. I use Blackstone Labs reports to tell me when to change my oil. The reports also tell me how the engine is wearing. Personally I would not change it.
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