Mixing leftover oil?

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Sioux Falls SD
I have a 5 qt. and 4 qt. container of leftover oil in my garage from 8 months ago, each has 2 quarts left. Is it safe to mix: 2 quarts of M1 15w-50 2 quarts of Shell Rotella 15w-40 3 quarts of (fresh) Havoline 5w-30 to come up with what I estimate to be: 10.7w-38.6 I would be using it in an F-150, 5.4L Triton with 67,000 miles on it?
 
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BC, Canada
You need an ASTM blending chart and all of the typicals to come up with the exact SAE grade, but it looks like a 10W40 to me. Don't you have an old beater to use up those odds and ends on instead of your good truck?
 
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Texas
I agree with UF, dont put that in your truck! Experiment with your lawnmower first [Smile] [ October 26, 2003, 08:42 PM: Message edited by: Jason8691 ]
 
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Duvall WA - Pacific NW USA
Maybe a logical mixing of two oils can be OK if you do the research, but just throwing together leftovers....we'll I'll support you and say: mix those three and go 3000 miles max. Probably won't completely destroy your engine.
 
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The Bay Area
The most I go with in a Triton engine is 10W30. Anything heavier and the OHC may experience some start up starvation or at least some gas milage drop. [Razz] Also, most oil companies do not suggest mixing oils. Each comes with it's own chemical package. To ix chemicals may nullify others out causing teh oil to be less effective.
 
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Illinois
Why not just buy enough of the 5W30 to do a complete change? You could use one of the others as a make-up oil if that is needed. Then in the spring, you could do the same with one of the 15W40 flavors [Wink] TB
 
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