Oil Changes for 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

1996 Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance Schedule

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

How Often to Get 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Oil Changes

Not sure how or where to get your Volkswagen Jetta’s oil changed? Get the advice you need at Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. We know the ins and outs of motor oil, too. 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.”

Volkswagen recommends changing your 1996 Jetta’s oil at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. Your Jetta 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, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You may also need an oil change more frequently than Volkswagen recommends if you haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, adventure off-road, or go at low speeds on long distance trips. In general, being extra-diligent about oil changes won’t damage your Volkswagen Jetta. Each oil change is actually another chance to check and resolve other car issues, such as worn brake pads or tire treads.

What’s the Right Type of Oil for 1996 Volkswagen Jetta?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 1996 Volkswagen Jetta motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Volkswagen has most likely outlined either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 1996 Jetta. This oil helps lubricate engine parts, regulate engine temperature, and keep harmful substances from building up inside the engine. In an oil change service, one of our techs will change your Jetta’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, inspect all of your other filters, top-off essential fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your Jetta by considering your driving style, and the number of miles on your odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for Volkswagens

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your Volkswagen? We carry the best because your Jetta deserves the best. Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Volkswagen Jetta 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 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] 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. For heavy-duty engines, there's Shell Rotella. It's specifically designed for diesel and gasoline engines that need to survive the toughest working conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver increased wear protection, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and improved oxidation resistance. Always refer to Volkswagen's recommendations before going with a new or different motor oil for your 1996 Volkswagen Jetta.

Where to Go for 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Oil Change

The next time your Volkswagen Jetta needs an oil change, you know where to go! Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care carries some of the most reliable engine oils for Volkswagen vehicles. We'll take care of you quickly, with the right motor oil at the right price. To find out how much a 1996 Jetta oil change costs, call ahead. Let the experts take care of your Jetta’s engine by making an oil change appointment today. Many stores offer extended and weekend openings 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.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

  • What can low oil do to my Volkswagen Jetta engine? Motor oil lubricates important engine parts. If you're low or out of oil, engine parts can grind together, generate too much heat, and eventually lead to Volkswagen Jetta engine failure. That’s why you should check your oil and get it changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Volkswagen Jetta oil at home? First off, changing your own oil isn’t as easy as you’d think. You’ll have to buy special tools and figure out a way to recycle the old oil properly. Having your oil changed professionally can not only reduce the risk of something going wrong during the service, but it’ll also help your car perform smoothly down the road.
  • Why is my Volkswagen Jetta spewing blue or gray exhaust smoke? Your engine could be burning oil due to a leak. Looks like it’s time for a professional to take a look. The leak could be the result of worn valve seals, fried piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Volkswagen Jetta

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