Expiration on Android & iOS
Do you have brake fluid, cleaning supplies, coolant, oil, windshield washer fluid, or any other automotive related product in your garage? If so, did you know over time that some of those may expire or lose functionality? Yes, it is true. Now, there is an easy and efficient way to keep track of these expiration dates.
Expiration, an expiration date management application, is a great app for taking control of managing automotive supplies in your garage or home. Expiration is available on Android and iOS across most devices for only $0.99 for unlimited use. The free version, Expiration Free, can be downloaded on Android or iOS as well, to test it out for free with ads and limitations.
The purpose of this article is to provide examples of how Expiration can be used to help you keep track of items in your home. The following products can be tracked in the app:
- Brake Fluid
- Cleaning Supplies
- Windshield Washer Fluid
Brake fluid is not a product you may worry about regarding it expiring, but brake fluid can go bad. If you have your auto serviced by a dealership or routine shop, the brake fluid change and inspection may be performed by a mechanic after a certain distance or time interval, such as 20,000 miles or 2 years (varies by manufacturer/shop).
It’s not easy to tell if brake fluid goes bad but if it is exposed to humidity, it will absorb water into itself degrading the quality. This can happen while stored at home or while used in the brake lines. It is best to keep track of brake fluid and review manufacturer recommendations for when to replace it. Expiration can help you keep track of your brake fluid.
Although cleaning supplies such as leather cleaners, liquid soap, and windshield washer fluid may not have visible expiration dates, their effectiveness and quality will degrade over time. If a product doesn’t have an expiration date, it’s optimal use period may be for 1-2 years.
Usually after 2 years, it is recommended to replace cleaning supply products. If the manufacturer doesn’t offer any information on expiration or replacement, simply set the “expiration” date to 2 years or sooner, if preferred, from the purchase date to keep track. Once the time is marked “expired”, you’ll know it’s time to replace it.
Coolant tells a different story from other cleaning supplies. An opened bottle of coolant can last for upwards of 8 plus years while a sealed bottle may last for an indefinite amount of time. Regardless, we recommend you keep track of it, especially if opened.
Although the concern of coolant expiring seems minimal, an opened container may need replacing after a decade. This is a long time to wait but there’s always the chance it could sit around the garage, aging. Keeping track of coolant willitso ensure it’s availability in the event you need to refill or top off.
Diesel and gasoline, two different types of motor fuel, may not seem like products that will expire or go bad. The truth remains that both diesel and gasoline can go bad or “expire”. Most gasoline used in cars today contains an ethanol blend. Surprising to most, ethanol gasoline actually, has a short shelf life compared to other automotive products. In ideal environmental conditions, ethanol gasoline will last up to 3 months before it may degrade.
On the other hand, Exxon claims that diesel fuel will not degrade over a 6 to a 12-month period if stored properly. Beyond 12 months, the diesel fuel may experience significant degradation and you should not use it in an engine.
Overall, both products can be tracked in Expiration by simply adding the diesel or gasoline to the app. On the day you purchase it, set the “expiration” date as a 3-month period for gasoline and a 6 to 12-month period for diesel.
Replace tire inflator and sealer spray alongside cleaning supplies every 2 years. The sealer contains a liquid that can dry out over an extended period of time.
On top of that, the inhibitors in the sealant for corrosion and rust prevention break down chemically over time. Manufacturers recommend that you replace inflator and sealer products after 2 years to ensure the effectiveness of the product. Simply add the product to Expiration with a 2-year “expiration” date based on the day of purchase.
Oil is another automotive product that has a longer shelf life but still requires management. If oil remains unopened in the original container, it will remain stable for several years before it may begin to lose quality. When oil degrades, deposits will gather on the bottom of the container signaling a replacement.
Regardless of this, it states that oil’s quality is best within 2 years of opening and degrades afterward. Manufacturers will not guarantee their oil to perform the same 2 years after you open it. It is best to buy the amount required for the job rather than buying excess oil that may sit around for an extended period of time.
Overall, Expiration can be used to keep track of oil, especially if you keep an opened container around for oil changes or top offs.
Windshield Washer Fluid
You should replace windshield washer fluid on a regular basis. New and unopened windshield washer fluid may last for a few years. However, once opened, windshield washer fluid may only last for 6-12 months. The manufacturer may not provide an expiration date, but the quality of the product will degrade over time just as most other products related to cleaning.
To keep track of windshield washer fluid, simply add it to the Expiration app for a 2-year expectation period if new or a period of 6 months once opened.
Overall, Expiration is a great application for keeping track of your automotive related supplies. Simply add the products to the application using the recommended expiration date or use period. From there, the app will inform you when it is time to replace a product. You should keep track of your automotive supplies as waiting too long could jeopardize effectiveness or even cause damage.
Expiration Android ($0.99): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jagiunta.expiration
Expiration Free Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jagiunta.expirationfree
Expiration iOS ($0.99): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expiration/id1109866075?mt=8
Expiration Free iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expiration-free/id1116782572?mt=8