1996 Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance Schedule

1996 Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule for a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

1996 Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance Schedule

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1996 Pontiac Sunfire?

Your Guide to 1996 Pontiac Sunfire Scheduled Maintenance

You want your Pontiac Sunfire to last as long as possible. If you put in the effort to keep up with proper maintenance, your Sunfire has a good chance of hitting 200,000 miles or more. But how do you know what service to get and when? There's no need to guess when it's time to get Sunfire maintenance, and no need to wait until something goes wrong. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire!

Pontiac knows your vehicle inside and out (they made it, after all!), so they’ve designed this schedule with your car’s unique needs in mind. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Scheduling routine service appointments is one of the best ways to help extend your Sunfire's life, keep you safer on the road, and help you avoid expensive repairs caused by 1996 Pontiac Sunfire problems later.

Overview of Essential Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance Needs

Head to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care in your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire for factory-recommended routine maintenance and an expert technician will begin by performing a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. Each Courtesy Check includes a free battery test and an inspection of your Sunfire's windshield wiper blades, head and tail lights, filters, fluid levels, tires, and alignment.

Could your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire be ready for a new battery? If your current battery is more than three years old, it may be time for a replacement (batteries typically last somewhere between three and five years). There’s a chance you’ll need a replacement sooner, but it depends on the climate in your area as well as your driving habits. Taking short trips or exposing your car to extreme temperatures (like in the dead of winter or heat of summer) could reduce the life expectancy of your Pontiac Sunfire battery. While you could wait until your battery fails and you hear the dreaded "click," you're better off replacing it before then! If you keep driving on a battery that can't hold a charge, you run the risk of being stranded when your battery finally gives out (and no one can predict where that might be!). Your Pontiac Sunfire won’t even be able to start with a weak battery, much less get you where you need to go.

In addition to maintaining a strong battery, investing in regular oil changes can prevent premature wear on your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire engine. Reference the chart toward the top of the page if you're not sure about the optimal oil change intervals for your 1996 Sunfire. Remember, things like average outside temperature or frequency of trips could increase or decrease this interval for your specific vehicle. A Firestone Complete Auto Care technician will be happy to help you determine the best oil change frequency for your car’s needs. We can also answer any questions you have about what type of oil to use for your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire.

Periodic service to the steering system in your Pontiac Sunfire can improve ride comfort and help you maintain control of your vehicle. Don’t let a misalignment or pulling steering wheel put you in danger. Bring your car to Firestone Complete Auto Care, where our technicians can check your car’s steering components and, if necessary, provide the appropriate Pontiac Sunfire steering and suspension services. This can include things like power steering fluid replacement, wheel alignment adjustments, replacement of struts and wheel bearings, and ball joint lubrication. To keep your car running at its best, it’s essential to have regular maintenance services on your Pontiac Sunfire's steering and suspension system.

Without routine Pontiac Sunfire maintenance, you could be feeling the heat on the road – literally! A malfunctioning A/C system or overheating engine can wreak havoc on your car. We can help you with all those issues. Our technicians have the knowledge and tools to repair and maintain the heating and cooling systems for your Pontiac Sunfire’s engine, and we can service your A/C system, too. Need a new Pontiac Sunfire radiator? We can take care of that. A/C smelling musty? We’re here to fix that, too. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your one-stop shop for 1996 Pontiac Sunfire maintenance and repairs.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your car. Visit your nearest location for proactive maintenance today.

Questions About 1996 Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance

Take an active role in maintaining your 1996 Pontiac Sunfire. Get answers to common Pontiac Sunfire maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Pontiac Sunfire? Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When should I use high mileage oil in my Pontiac Sunfire? Got 75,000+ miles on the odometer? Consider high mileage motor oil. High mileage oil is formulated to address the specific problems encountered by high mileage vehicles, or those with more than 75,000 miles. It can help reduce oil consumption, smoke, and emissions from older Pontiac Sunfire engines.
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Pontiac? It's better to get them addressed as soon as possible. An illuminated dashboard light means something in your vehicle isn't functioning like it should. Letting problems linger can mean bad news for your Pontiac Sunfire, so be sure to take your car in for service as soon as you notice an illuminated dashboard light

Maintain Your Pontiac Sunfire

Your Pontiac Sunfire isn’t just a car. It’s a part of your lifestyle. Keep it running newer, longer and schedule your routine maintenance appointment today.