Oil Changes for 1988 Buick Riviera

Schedule an Oil Change for Your 1988 Riviera

Give your Riviera’s engine a little TLC with routine oil changes. Schedule your next appointment today.

How Often to Get 1988 Buick Riviera Oil Changes

Need more info about 1988 Buick Riviera oil changes? Get the advice you need at Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. We know all about motor oil, too. We couldn’t put it better than our technician, Brianna. She likes to explain to customers that, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

Buick recommends changing your 1988 Riviera’s oil at regular intervals. See mileage and month specifics in the above table. Outside of Buick-recommended oil change intervals, your Riviera may need an oil change if your check engine light is on, you hear knocking sounds coming from the engine, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or notice an unusual amount of exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Buick recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, go off-roading a lot, or go at low speeds on long distance trips. In general, being extra-diligent about oil changes won’t damage your Buick Riviera. Each oil change is actually another chance to check and resolve other car issues, such as worn brake pads or tire treads.

What Kind of Oil Should I Get for My Buick Riviera?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 1988 Buick Riviera motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Buick has most likely outlined either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 1988 Riviera. Motor oil helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts, regulate engine temperature, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. During an oil change, one of our techs will change your Riviera’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, inspect the rest of your car’s filters, top-off important fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your Riviera by considering your driving preferences, local climate,

Types of Motor Oil for Buicks

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your Riviera deserves the best. Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Buick Riviera oil, whether it's Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, or Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. There's a reason we carry these motor oil brands. They are champions. For instance, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] Pennzoil is another option. Unlike traditional synthetic motor oils, the Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic line of motor oils with PurePlus® Technology is formulated from pure natural gas, which helps lead to better performance. But don't forget about Shell Rotella for heavy-duty engines. It's specifically designed for diesel and gasoline engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is uniquely fortified to offer increased wear protection, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and improved oxidation resistance. For help selecting the right motor oil for your 1988 Buick Riviera, defer to Buick's recommendations.

Where to Get an Oil Change for Buick Riviera

The next time your Buick Riviera needs an oil change, you’ll know where to get it. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has some of the best motor oil for Buick Rivieras. We'll take care of you quickly, with the right motor oil at the right price. Call ahead to find out how much oil changes cost for 1988 Buick Rivieras. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your Riviera today. Many stores offer extended and weekend openings for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

1988 Buick Riviera Oil Change Questions

  • Should I check my Buick Riviera motor oil level? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If your oil reservoir is low or empty, these components can grind against each other, generate too much heat, and eventually lead to Buick Riviera engine failure. That’s why you’re better off checking your oil levels and investing in routine lube services.
  • How hard is it to change Buick Riviera oil at home? Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also help your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my Buick exhaust smoke gray or blue? Your engine could be burning oil due to a leak. Looks like it’s time for a professional to take a look. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, damaged piston rings, or worn cylinder walls.