1996 Pontiac Sunfire Oil Change

1996 Pontiac Sunfire Maintenance Schedule

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

When to Change 1996 Pontiac Sunfire Engine Oil

Need more info about 1996 Pontiac Sunfire oil changes? Look no further than Firestone Complete Auto Care! We are experts in car care — not just tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. 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.”

Pontiac recommends changing your 1996 Sunfire’s oil at regular intervals. See mileage and month specifics in the above table. Your Sunfire may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear knocking sounds coming from the engine, smell oil inside the car, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Pontiac recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, go off-roading a lot, or drive at low speeds for long distances. More frequent oil changes generally won't harm your Pontiac Sunfire. 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’s the Right Type of Oil for 1996 Pontiac Sunfire?

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1996 Pontiac Sunfire motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. Pontiac has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 1996 Sunfire. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, regulate engine temperature, and keep harmful substances from building up inside the engine. During an oil change, one of our techs will change your Sunfire’s oil, replace and recycle the old oil and filter, check 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 the number of miles on your odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for Pontiacs

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your Pontiac? Your Sunfire engine deserves the very best, which is why we only stock the best! Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Pontiac Sunfire 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 example, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] And Pennzoil? 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. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's expressly designed for gasoline and diesel engines that need to overcome the strenuous working 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 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, defer to Pontiac's recommendations.

Where to Go for 1996 Pontiac Sunfire Oil Change

When it's time for a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire oil change, you know where to turn. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has some of the best motor oil for Pontiac Sunfires. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, with the right oil at the right price. Find out how much your Pontiac Sunfire oil change will cost by calling ahead. Let the experts take care of your Sunfire’s engine by making an oil change appointment today. 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 Pontiac Sunfire Oil Change Q&A

  • What can low oil do to my Pontiac Sunfire engine? Engine oil is a lubricant for the moving parts in your engine. If your oil runs low, these components can grind against each other, overheat, and eventually lead to Pontiac Sunfire engine failure. That’s why you should check your oil and get it changed regularly.
  • How hard is it to change Pontiac Sunfire oil at home? Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but it’ll also help your car perform smoothly down the road.
  • Why is my Pontiac Sunfire spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? You could have an oil leak and have a case of burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, fried piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Pontiac Sunfire

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