Comprehensive Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Guide

How to Properly Maintain A Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Pickup Truck

Ford F-150 pickup trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine offer some of the best performance figures, tow ratings, and even fuel economy amongst all gasoline-powered light-duty trucks. Their Direct Fuel injection and twin-turbochargers give them diesel-like performance, especially when it comes to towing. They’ve also proven themselves quite reliable over the years, resulting in quite the fanbase. All it takes to almost ensure a long life is being strict about your Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine maintenance. This can be be done at the dealership, various shops, or even at your own home.

3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance
Picture Taken from Ford Media.

In this post, our Comprehensive Guide to Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance, we’re going to cover the required service intervals, fluid capacity, and even list common parts and fluids needed to complete maintenance on your truck. This guide was created to help you save money and to give you the information you need to attempt maintaining your truck at home! By following a strict maintenance schedule and using the right parts, you can also reduce the chances of some common 3.5L EcoBoost Problems from occurring!

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Maintenance Intervals

The first step in maintaining your Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine is knowing when your truck needs to be serviced. While everyone knows certain tasks need to be completed at mileage/kilometer intervals, not everyone knows that you should be completing some basic maintenance tasks on a monthly and semi-annual basis as well. You, or the dealership you bring your truck to, should also be completing a multi-point inspection every time you perform an oil change. In this section of our maintenance guide, we’re going to cover all the tasks you need to complete in addition to when they need to be completed.

Monthly Maintenance Tasks

  • Inspect Engine Oil Level. Add Fluid if necessary.
  • Check underneath your truck and the area where your truck is parked for any signs of a potential oil or fluid leak.
  • Test all interior and exterior lights for proper operation. Change bulbs as needed.
  • Check all tires for proper pressure, including the spare. Also check tires for signs of wear and for nails and screws.
  • Top off windshield wiper fluid with fluid appropriate fluid for the season.

Semi-Annual Maintenance

  • Check Battery Connections. Clean them if needed.
  • Check body and door holes for obstructions. If there are any, clear them.
  • Inspect the cooling system and test coolant strength.
  • Lubricate door weatherstrips and check them for wear.
  • Check all doors, latches, and hinges for proper operation. Lubricate them if necessary.
  • Test Parking Brake and make sure it is operating properly.
  • Examine windshield wiper blades and spray mechanisms for proper performance. If blades perform inadequately, replace them.
  • Test all seatbelts and seatbelt latches for proper operation.
3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance
Photo Taken From Ford Media

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Service Intervals

There are two categories for 3.5L EcoBoost maintenance intervals. How you use your Ford F-150 will determine which set of maintenance intervals you will need to follow. Be honest with yourself! If you run your vehicle hard, you will need to complete maintenance more frequently. It’s for the best though. Your truck will thank you for it!

Normal Operating Conditions

If you use your Ford F-150 truck equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine lightly, meaning infrequent towing, limited idling, and mostly just for commuting, you should follow the normal operating conditions set of maintenance intervals. You will need to complete maintenance less frequently than truck owners who need to follow the severe operating conditions set of maintenance intervals.

Service TaskMilesKilometersTime
Change Engine Oil*7,500-10,000 miles12,000-16,000 kmN/A
Replace Engine Oil Filter*7,500-10,000 miles12,000-16,000 kmN/A
Replace Brake FluidN/AN/AEvery 3 Years
Change Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kmN/A
Change Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kmN/A
Replace Engine Mounted and
Frame Mounted Fuel Filters
30,000 miles48,000 kmN/A
Replace Spark Plugs
Trucks With pickup bed power outlet
Trucks without pickup bed power outlet
See Below
60,000 miles
100,000 miles
See Below
96,600 km
160,000 km
N/A
Inspect Accessory Drive Belt
Trucks With pickup bed power outlet
Trucks without pickup bed power outlet
See Below
60,000 miles
100,000 miles
See Below
96,600 km
160,000 km
N/A
Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Change Automatic Transmission
Filter
150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Drain & Replace Front Axle Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Drain & Replace Rear Axle Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Replace Transfer Case Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Replace the Accessory Drive Belts
Trucks With pickup bed power outlet
Trucks without pickup bed power outlet
See Below
100,000 miles
150,000 miles
See Below
160,000 km
240,000 km
N/A
Change Engine Coolant (Initial)200,000 miles322,000 km10 Years
Change Engine Coolant (Subsequent)100,000 miles160,000 km5 Years
*The 2022 Ford F-150 is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring system that will let you know when it is time to change your oil and oil filter based on usage and operating conditions.

Severe Operating Conditions

Following the severe operating conditions set of maintenance intervals is reserved for those F-150 owners who run their trucks hard! This means frequent towing, idling, off-roading, or commercial use. Fleet vehicles should follow these guidelines. You will need to complete maintenance more frequently to keep your truck in tip-top shape.

Service TaskMilesKilometersTime
Change Engine Oil*3,000-7,500 miles5,000-12,000 kmN/A
Replace Engine Oil Filter*3,000-7,500 miles5,000-12,000 kmN/A
Replace Brake FluidN/AN/AEvery 3 Years
Change Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kmN/A
Change Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kmN/A
Inspect Suspension/Steering
Components
(Off-Roading/Rough-Terrain Use)
5,000 miles8,000 km
Replace Engine Mounted and
Frame Mounted Fuel Filters
30,000 miles48,000 kmN/A
Replace Spark Plugs60,000 miles96,600 kmN/A
Inspect Accessory Drive Belt60,000 miles96,600 kmN/A
Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Change Automatic Transmission
Filter
150,000 miles240,000 kmN/A
Drain & Replace Front Axle Fluid**
Regular Use
Off-Roading
See Below
150,000 miles
30,000 Miles
See Below
240,000 km
48,000 km
N/A
Drain & Replace Rear Axle Fluid**
Regular Use
Off-Roading
See Below
150,000 miles
30,000 Miles
See Below
240,000 km
48,000 km
N/A
Replace Transfer Case Fluid**60,000 miles96,600 kmN/A
Replace the Accessory Drive Belts
Trucks With pickup bed power outlet
Trucks without pickup bed power outlet
See Below
100,000 miles
150,000 miles
See Below
160,000 km
240,000 km
N/A
Change Engine Coolant (Initial)200,000 miles322,000 km10 Years
Change Engine Coolant (Subsequent)100,000 miles160,000 km5 Years
*The 2022 Ford F-150 is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring system that will let you know when it is time to change your oil and oil filter based on usage and operating conditions.
** Change Transfer case, Front axle and Rear Axle Fluid Immediately if submerged in water. If your vehicle is used for off-roading drain and replace fluid every 30,000 miles or 48,000 km.

Multi-Point Inspection

When completing one or more of the maintenance tasks listed above, you should also perform this multi-point inspection. It’s listed in your owner’s manual, but its also what the dealership should be completing when you bring your vehicle in for service.

To do your own Multi-Point Inspection, Check the following:

  • Accessory Drive Belt (s)
  • Battery Performance/Condition
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Exhaust System
  • Exterior Lamp Operation
  • Fluid Levels
  • Horn Operation
  • Hazard Warning System Operation
  • Hoses for wear/tear
  • Suspension Components for wear or damage
  • Steering Components
  • Tire Pressures/Condition (Including Spare tire)
  • Windshield
  • Windshield wiper/spray operation
  • Leaks
Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance
Photo taken from the Ford Media Website.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Fluid Capacity

Now that you know the required 3.5L EcoBoost maintenance tasks and when they need to be completed, the next thing you need to learn is how much fluid is required. The various tasks above will require you removing fluid from your vehicle and re-filling it with fresh, new fluid. The chart below is our comprehensive 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Fluid Capacity chart. It lists different fluid capacities by the type of fluid. It’s also important to note that depending on the year of your truck, different fluid capacities are required.

Fluid TypeGallons/Quarts/PintsLiters
Engine Oil with Filter Change6.0 Quarts5.7 Liters
Transmission Fluid
2011-2016 (6R80)
2017-2018 (10R80)
2019-2022 (10R80)
See Below
13.1 Quarts
13.1 Quarts
13.2 Quarts
See Below
12.4 Liters
12.4 Liters
12.5 Liters
Cooling System
2011-2014
2015-2017
2018-2020
2021-2022
See Below
16.5 Quarts
15.6 Quarts
15.2 Quarts
14.3 Quarts
See Below
15.6 Liters
14.75 Liters
14.35 Liters
13.5 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid (ESOF) Electronic Switch On The Fly
2011
2012-2022
See Below
1.6 Quarts
1.5 Quarts
See Below
1.5 Liters
1.4 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid
(Torque On Demand)
2012-2022
See Below
1.5 Quarts
See Below
1.4 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid 2-speed Auto. 4WD Mechanical Lock
2020-2022
1.9 Quarts1.8 Liters
Front Axle Fluid (Standard Front Axles)
2011-2019
2020-2022
See Below
3.5 Pints
1.8 Quarts
See Below
1.7-1.8 Liters
1.7 Liters
Torsen Limited Slip Front Axle
2021-2022
1.64 Quarts *1.55 Liters *
Rear Axle Fluid
2011-2019
2020
2021-2022 8.8″
2021-2022 9.75″
See Below
5.5 Pints
2.7 Quarts
2.0-2.1 Quarts
2.2-2.3 Quarts
See Below
2.6 Liters
2.6 Liters
1.9-2 Liters
2.1-2.2 Liters
* Requires the addition of 4.0 Fl. Oz (118.5 ml) of Additive Friction Modifier XL-3 or equivalent.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Parts, Fluids, and Oil

In the last section, we went over how much fluid you are going to need. Now that you know how much you need, you need to know what type of fluid is required. Not only do you need to know the fluids and oil, but you also need to know what parts your 3.5L EcoBoost requires like filters, belts, or spark plugs. In the chart below, we’ve listed fluid and part specifications as well as the recommended OEM part numbers. To make it easy on you these part numbers also contain links to buy the products directly from Amazon! These links are affiliate links and if you buy something, we receive a commission. Thanks in advance for your support!

PartsPart #
Engine Oil Filter (All Years)Motorcraft FL-500-S
Engine Oil (All Years) Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Premium Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
1-Quart: XO-5W30-QSP
5-Quarts: XO-5W30-5Q3SP
Cabin Air Filter 2015-2022Motorcraft FP-92
Engine Air Filter: (All Years)Motorcraft FA-1883
Engine Coolant
2011-2018
2019+
Varies By Year
Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine Coolant VC-3DIL-B
Motorcraft Yellow Prediluted AntiFreeze VC-13DL-G
Spark Plugs
2011-2016
2017-2021
2022+
Varies by Model Year
Motorcraft SP580
Motorcraft SP594
Motorcraft SP-596
Ignition Coil
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft DG549
Motorcraft DG585
Motorcraft DG584
EGR Valve
2021-2022
Varies by Model Year
Motorcraft CX2687
Windshield Wiper Blades
2011-2014
2015-2021
2022
Varies By Year
2011-2014 Motorcraft WW-2201-PF
2015-2021 Motorcraft WW-2242/2248
2022 Motorcraft WW-2208
Windshield Wiper Motor
2011-2014
2015-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft WM793
Motorcraft WM848
Motorcraft WM973
Windshield Washer Pump
2011-2014
2015-2022
See Below
Motorcraft WG318
Motorcraft WG335
Windshield Washer FluidMotorcraft Windshield Wash
Concentrate ZC-32-B2
Rain-X Windshield Washer Fluid
PCV Valve
2011-2014
2015-2022
See Below
Motorcraft EV289
Motorcraft EV297
PCV Valve Hose
2011-2012
2013-2016
2017-2022
See Below
Motorcraft KCV259
Motorcraft KCV268
Motorcraft KCV294
Auto Transmission Filter
2011-2016
2017-2022
See Below
Motorcraft FT-188
Motorcraft FT-215 (Screen Assembly)
Belt Tensioner
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft BT-118
Motorcraft BT-135
Motorcraft BT-166
Idler Pulley
2017-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft YS-366
Motorcraft YS-393
Water Pump Serpentine Belt
2011-2014
2015-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft JK6-553 (SAME AS ACC. BELT)
N/A
Motorcraft JK5-382A
Serpentine Belt (AC Belt)
2011-2022
See Below
Motorcraft JK4-377B
Serpentine Belt (ACC. Drive)
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft JK6-553
Motorcraft JK6-505
Motorcraft JK6-377
Transmission Pump
Inlet Filter 2011-2022
Motorcraft FT138
Auto. Transmission Fluid
2011-2016 (6R80)
2017+ (10R80)
Varies By Year
Motorcraft Mercon LV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-10-QLVC
Motorcraft Mercon ULV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT12QULV
Coolant Overflow Cap
2011-2014
2015-2022
Varies, See Below
Motorcraft RS527
Motorcraft RS531
Thermostat
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021-2022
See Below
Motorcraft RT-1213
Motorcraft RT-1252
Motorcraft RT-1250
Thermostat Housing
Gasket
2011-2019
Motorcraft RTS-1081
Transfer Case Fluid
2011-2016
2017-2022
See Below
Motorcraft Transfer Case Fluid XL-12
Motorcraft Mercon LV ATF XT-10-QLVC
Transfer Case Fluid
(Torque On Demand)
2012-2022
Motorcraft Mercon LV ATF XT-10-QLVC
Transfer Case Two-speed automatic 4WD
2020-2022
Motorcraft Mercon LV ATF XT-10-QLVC
Front Axle Fluid
2011-2016
2017-2022
See Below
Motorcraft SAE 80W-90 Premium Rear Axle Lubricant XY-80W-90-QL
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Syn. Hypoid Gear Lubricant XY-75W85-QL
Additive Friction
Modifier
Motocraft Additive Friction Modifier XL-3
Torsen Limited
Slip Front Axle
2021-2022
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid
Gear Lubricant XY-75W85-QL
** Requires adding 4.0 Fl. Oz (118.5 ml) of Motorcraft Additive Friction Modifier XL-3. Include the friction modifier when considering the total lube volume.
Rear Axle Fluid
2011-2014
2015-2022
See Below
Motorcraft SAE 75W-140 Rear Synthetic Axle Lubricant XY-75W140-QL
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid Gear Lubricant XY-75W85-QL
Brake FluidMotorcraft DOT 4 LV High
Performance Brake Fluid PM-20

3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance FAQs

How many Quarts of oil does a Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine take?

Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine require 6 Quarts of Motorcraft 5W-30 Premium Synthetic Blend Engine Oil when completing an oil change. (XO-5W30-QSP)

What Spark Plugs are required in a Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine?

The type of Spark plugs required in your Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Vary according to Model Year. 2011-2016 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost require Motorcraft SP580. 2017-2021 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine require Motorcraft SP594. 2022 and newer Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine require Motorcraft SP-596.

What Oil Filter does the Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine need?

Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine need Motorcraft FL-500-S for the oil filter.

What oil does the Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Require?

Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost require Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Premium Synthetic Blend Engine oil. The Ford/Motorcraft Part number is XO-5W30-QSP.

How often do you need to change the spark plugs on a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine?

Early generations of the 3.5L EcoBoost require the Spark plugs being changed every 60,000 miles. Newer EcoBoost engines require changing every 100,000 miles according to the owner’s manual. We recommend changing the spark plugs every 50-60,000 miles, especially if your truck begins to run rough.

How many spark plugs do you need for a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine?

The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine has 6 Spark Plugs. For a complete Spark Plug change out, you will need six new spark plugs.

What is the best engine oil for a F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine?

The best engine oil for the 3.5L EcoBoost is Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil.

What engine air filter does the Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost need?

Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine require Motorcraft FA-1883 for their engine air filter.

What Cabin Air Filter is needed on 2011-2022 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine?

2011-2014 Ford F-150 trucks don’t use a cabin air filter. 2015-2022 Ford F-150s use Motorcraft FP-92 for the engine air filter.

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