Oil Changes for 1996 Saturn SL2

1996 Saturn SL2 Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 1996 Saturn SL2? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 1996 Saturn SL2 Engine Oil

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 1996 Saturn SL2? Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care! Our expertise goes beyond tires. We know all about motor oil, too. After all, "Oil is the blood of the engine. It's the #1 thing you can do for your car," says our maintenance technician, Brianna.

Saturn recommends changing your 1996 SL2’s oil at regular intervals. Check out mileage and month info for your SL2 in the above table. Your SL2 may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear knocking sounds coming from the engine, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Saturn recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, go off-roading a lot, or drive at low speeds for long distances. Generally, getting more frequent oil changes won’t hurt your Saturn SL2. Each oil change is actually another chance to check and resolve other car issues, such as worn brake pads or tire treads.

What Type of Oil Does My Saturn SL2 Need?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 1996 Saturn SL2 motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Saturn has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the best oil for 1996 Saturn SL2 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. In an oil change service, one of our techs will change your SL2’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, inspect all of your other filters, top-off important fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. You can drive easy knowing that we strive to do what's best for your vehicle and take into account your driving style, weather and road conditions,

Types of Motor Oil for Saturns

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your SL2 deserves the best. Talk with a teammate and consult your owner's manual before picking a motor oil. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, you can choose from the following oils: 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 tested and trusted. 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. Pennzoil Synthetics feature the capabilities to advance with vehicle technology to offer complete protection for not only the engines of today, but also the engines of tomorrow. For heavy-duty engines, there's Shell Rotella. 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 1996 Saturn SL2, defer to Saturn's recommendations.

Where to Get an Oil Change for Saturn SL2

The next time your Saturn SL2 needs an oil change, you know where to go! Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care has the ideal oil for your SL2’s engine. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, with the right oil at the right price. Find out how much your Saturn SL2 oil change will cost by calling ahead. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your SL2 today. Many stores are open late and on weekends 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.

1996 Saturn SL2 Oil Change Questions

  • Why check the motor oil level in my Saturn SL2? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If your oil runs low, engine parts can grind together, generate excess heat, and cause your Saturn SL2 engine to fail. That’s why it’s best to check your oil levels and get your oil changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Saturn oil on my own? Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. It requires special tools and old oil must be disposed of properly. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but also with your vehicle down the road.
  • Why is my Saturn SL2 spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. Looks like it’s time for a professional to take a look. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, damaged piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Schedule an Oil Change for Your 1996 SL2

Give your SL2’s engine a little TLC with routine oil changes. Schedule your next appointment today.