1996 Saturn SC1 Oil Change Service

1996 Saturn SC1 Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 1996 Saturn SC1? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

How Often to Get 1996 Saturn SC1 Oil Changes

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 1996 Saturn SC1? 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.”

Your 1996 SC1’s oil should be changed according to Saturn’s recommended oil change intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. Your SC1 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 an unusual amount of exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Saturn if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, go off-roading a lot, or go at low speeds on long distance trips. More frequent oil changes generally won't harm your Saturn SC1. In fact, every oil change is an opportunity to diagnose and treat any other issues, such as bad brakes or a failing battery.

What’s the Right Type of Oil for 1996 Saturn SC1?

Whether it’s synthetic, conventional, or a blend of both — your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right oil for your Saturn SC1. Saturn has recommendations as to whether conventional or synthetic oil is the best oil for 1996 Saturn SC1 vehicles. Motor oil helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts, keep the engine cool, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. During an oil change, an auto technician will change your SC1’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, check all of your other filters, top-off essential fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your SC1 by considering your driving preferences, and mileage.

Types of Motor Oil for Saturns

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your Saturn? We carry the best because your SC1 deserves the best. Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Saturn SC1 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 are plenty of motor oils on the market today, so why do we prefer these brands? They are tested and trusted. 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. 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 survive the toughest working conditions, and is fortified to deliver improved oxidation resistance, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and increased wear protection. For help picking the correct motor oil for your 1996 Saturn SC1, refer to Saturn's recommendations first.

Where to Get an Oil Change for Saturn SC1

The next time your Saturn SC1 needs an oil change, you’ll know where to get it. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care carries some of the most reliable engine oils for Saturn vehicles. We’ll take care of you and your car at your convenience, with the right engine oil at a competitive price. Find out how much your Saturn SC1 oil change will cost by calling ahead. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your SC1 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 Saturn SC1 Oil Change Questions

  • Why check the motor oil level in my Saturn SC1? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If your oil reservoir is low or empty, engine parts can grind together, generate excess heat, and cause your SC1’s engine to fail. That’s why you should check your oil and get it changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Saturn SC1 oil at home? Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Having your oil changed professionally can not only reduce the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also help your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my Saturn exhaust smoke gray or blue? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Time to have a qualified technician check things out. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, blown piston rings, or damaged cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Saturn SC1

Help your 1996 SC1 engine last longer with regular oil changes and lube service. Schedule an appointment now!