Oil Changes for 1996 GMC C1500

Schedule an Oil Change for Your 1996 C1500

Give your C1500’s engine a little TLC with routine oil changes. Schedule your next appointment today.

1996 GMC C1500 Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 1996 GMC C1500? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 1996 GMC C1500 Engine Oil

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 1996 GMC C1500? Look no further than Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. We know the ins and outs of motor oil, too. After all, like our maintenance technician Brianna says, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

GMC recommends changing your 1996 C1500’s oil at regular intervals. See mileage and month specifics in the above table. Your C1500 may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, smell oil inside the car, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by GMC if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, enjoy off-roading, or drive at low speeds for long distances. More frequent oil changes generally won't harm your GMC C1500. In fact, more frequent oil changes give our technicians more opportunities to catch and alert you to any issues, like worn brake pads or a weak battery.

What Type of Oil Does My GMC C1500 Need?

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1996 GMC C1500 motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. GMC has recommendations as to whether conventional or synthetic oil is the ideal engine oil for your 1996 C1500. Motor oil helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts, regulate engine temperature, and prevent harmful substances from accumulating in the engine. During your oil change service, one of our techs will change your C1500’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, inspect all of your other filters, refill vital car fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can drive easy knowing that we strive to do what's best for your vehicle and take into account your driving style, and mileage.

Types of Motor Oil for GMCs

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your GMC? Your C1500 engine deserves the very best, which is why we only stock the best! Consult GMC's recommendations to select the right  1996 C1500 oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. There's a reason we carry these motor oil brands. They are proven winners. For instance, when tested in taxi fleets across North America, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard. [1] There's also Pennzoil. Pennzoil Synthetics are the most technologically advanced, fully formulated motor oils available and exceed current industry and manufacturer requirements. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is fortified to deliver heightened performance in extreme temperatures, increased wear protection, and better oxidation resistance. For help picking the correct motor oil for your 1996 GMC C1500, refer to GMC's recommendations first.

Where to Go for 1996 GMC C1500 Oil Change

When it's time for a 1996 GMC C1500 oil change, you know where to turn. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care carries some of the most reliable engine oils for GMC vehicles. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, with the right motor oil at the right price. To find out how much a 1996 C1500 oil change costs, call ahead. Make an appointment for an oil change service today and let the oil experts take care of your C1500's engine. For your convenience, many of our stores are open late and on weekends!

[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.

1996 GMC C1500 Oil Change Questions

  • Why check the motor oil level in my GMC C1500? Engine oil lubricates moving parts in your engine. If you're low or out of oil, these components can grind against each other, generate too much heat, and eventually lead to GMC C1500 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 GMC C1500 oil at home? Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but also help your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my GMC exhaust smoke gray or blue? Your engine could be burning oil due to a leak. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, damaged piston rings, or old cylinder walls.