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      04-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Get Fresh oil or no?

Been on vacation all week getting my car ready for spring after sitting in unheated garage since Oct. IDrive says oil change due in 13000 miles! or at 9/2012. Car is going to dealership tomarrow for a few things. Should i get fresh oil or is it a waste of $ and time to do so?

Also had 2 oil changes last summer and only put on 6k miles. But 13k miles till next change WTF. is this message because engine wasnt running when i looked up my service requirements in IDrive?
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I just changed my oil after storage in a heated garage so yes I would say change it asap. Unheated means there could be water in the oil due to moisture. Also 6 months of storage even on new oil would warrant an oil change.
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Been on vacation all week getting my car ready for spring after sitting in unheated garage since Oct. IDrive says oil change due in 13000 miles! or at 9/2012. Car is going to dealership tomarrow for a few things. Should i get fresh oil or is it a waste of $ and time to do so?

Also had 2 oil changes last summer and only put on 6k miles. But 13k miles till next change WTF. is this message because engine wasnt running when i looked up my service requirements in IDrive?
Does your owner's manual have anything to say about this? If not, I wouldn't bother changing. The oil won't degrade any faster sitting there than if it were being run routinely.

Forget water in the oil. That boils off after a very few highway miles.

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it's 4/2013. If CBS says 9/2012 then you can get a new oil change at the dealer
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Wouldn't sweat it - I changed mine prior to storing it.
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it's 4/2013. If CBS says 9/2012 then you can get a new oil change at the dealer
My mistake it is 9/2013
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Does your owner's manual have anything to say about this? If not, I wouldn't bother changing. The oil won't degrade any faster sitting there than if it were being run routinely.

Forget water in the oil. That boils off after a very few highway miles.

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ya but do you like the idea of it 'boiling off' in your 25k engine to save 200$ on an oil change?
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My mistake it is 9/2013
no need to change in this case. You need to change it at the earlier of 9/2013 or that mileage count.
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Made the call. Fresh oil and filter going in ready for spring!
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ya but do you like the idea of it 'boiling off' in your 25k engine to save 200$ on an oil change?
In everyday driving, you always get water in the oil, as it's one of the by-products of combustion.

As long as you drive the car long enough to heat the oil enough, it will always boil off the water.

Unlike brake fluid, engine oil isn't hygroscopic, so there won't be much water in there even after storage.

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