2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Engine

After six years of success in the Ford F-150 powertrain lineup, the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 turbocharged engine was retired after the 2016 model year, and a new, more powerful EcoBoost replaced it. This revised engine, known as the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, joins the Ford F-150 powertrain lineup for the 2017 model year. It provides an array of improvements that not only increased power, but also reliability.

Just like the first generation engine, however, the second generation maintains the 3.5L EcoBoost’s record of delivering best-in-class performance, even against rival manufacturers using engines with almost twice the displacement. In this post, our guide to the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, we’re going to explain how it’s all possible. We’ll cover Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost specs, engine design changes, and performance information . We’ll also go into detail about the differences between this engine, and the previous one and how they translated into greater reliability.

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Photo taken from Ford Media

The 2nd Generation EcoBoost Meets the Ford F-150

After two years of sporting a new body style featuring military-grade aluminum exterior paneling, the Ford F-150 gets a revised 3.5L EcoBoost engine in 2017. This engine, the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, raises the bar even further, providing greater fuel efficiency, more power, and even improved reliability. In addition to this engine, a high-output version was also introduced.

The new High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine debuted on the 2017 Ford Raptor and later was added to 2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited trucks. This engine took the 2nd Gen EcoBoost engine to new heights, and delivers a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque making this one of the most powerful trucks available. Since it’s release, the High-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine is also now available in Ford’s other vehicles like the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Edition.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. Photo taken from Ford Media.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Specs

Engine Years2017-2022
ApplicationsFord F-150 & Ford Raptor
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio
2017-2022 Standard Output
2017-2022 High Output
See Below
10.5:1
10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainRoller Finger Follower
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel SystemTwin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin turbocharged and intercooled. Electronic wastegates were added in 2017+ models
Horsepower (Standard Output)
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
375 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
Horsepower (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
470 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
500 lb.-ft @ 3,100 rpm
Torque (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended Fuel
(Standard Output)
Regular Unleaded
Recommended Fuel
(High Output)
Premium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-Q1SP
Recommended Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Design & Information

Similar to the First Gen Ecoboost, the second Generation has a V6 configuration and uses a Dual Overhead Camshaft engine design. 3.5 Liter EcoBoost Engines use an aluminum for both the engine block and the head that have been proven adequately durable, despite the high numbers produced by these engines. These engines use direct fuel injection and turbocharging to provide diesel-like performance. Peak torque is reached very early in the RPM range and maintained for a long duration, making these engines a great choice for individuals who tow frequently.

Because of the smaller displacement and more efficient design, these engines are typically much better on fuel than naturally-aspirated engines like the 5.0L V8 engine also used in Ford F-150s. This is especially true in the second generation EcoBoost engine as it benefits from aluminum exterior body paneling that reduces a lot of weight, in addition to a number of weight-saving mechanical changes made to these engines for this generation.

The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost features a number of major mechanical improvements that help increase power and reliability. After years of production of the First Generation and seeing what the flaws were, Ford responded by engineering practical solutions and making the necessary improvements to make a better 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Key changes to the 2nd Generation engine include valvetrain improvements, an updated turbocharger design, new fuel system, and the addition of Auto Start-Stop technology. The engines lower-end also benefits from durability enhancements.

3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance
2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. Picture taken from Ford Media.

Updated Valvetrain

An updated Twin Independent Variable Cam timing system improves reliability while still giving greater control of the camshafts, effectively increasing fuel efficiency and power output. Second Generation EcoBoost engines benefit from a more durable dual-chain cam drive system than the single chain found on the outgoing first gen engine. This dual-chain cam drive system also helps in reducing noise, vibration, and harshness of this engine.

Hollow camshafts, along with a new roller-finger valvetrain replace the old Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket valvetrain (DAMB) system found in first gen engines and reduce engine weight by as much as four pounds. Other valvetrain durability improvements were also made, including Hydraulic valve-lash adjusters, intake, and exhaust valves.

New Turbocharger System

A major factor in the improved capabilities and acceleration of the 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost is a revised turbocharger design. Maximum boost increased thanks to a set of new turbochargers. Turbine wheels use Super ally Mar-M-247 which is stronger, lighter, and increases responsiveness. An electronic waste gate was also added.

Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines benefit in reliability and performance from a new fuel system that uses both Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection. In this system, two injectors are used per cylinder. One injector is present on the intake port, where air is introduced to the cylinder. The other injector is located within the cylinder itself. By working together, these injectors create greater fuel efficiency, power, and even lower emissions. This design also helps to significantly reduce the amount of carbon build-up experienced in these engines, which is one of the most common 3.5L EcoBoost Problems.

Auto Start-Stop

2nd Generation EcoBoost engines were given the controversial Auto Start-Stop standard feature. While this is a feature pretty much mandated by the EPA, it does decrease idle times because the vehicle is shut off when at a stop during operation. The result is lower CO2 and supposedly better fuel economy. When in 4WD or while towing, this feature is disabled.

Lower End Durability Improvements

To further improve the 3.5L EcoBoost engines reliability, second Generation engines were given a more robust lower end. A new upgraded crankshaft, bearing system, and more stout connecting rod undercuts help support the higher output of the new engine.

Other Changes

  • Variable Displacement Oil Pump
  • partnered with a new 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
Photo taken From Ford Media.

10-Speed 10R80 Transmission Joins the 3.5L EcoBoost

Despite the number of upgrades giving to the 3.5L EcoBoost engine for its 2nd Generation model, there is another critical factor that makes the newer F-150s with the EcoBoost engine more desirable and capable. 2nd Gen EcoBoost engines in 2017+ Ford F-150s are mated to a 10-Speed Automatic Transmission that really boosts performance and provides a smoother ride.

This new transmission is known as the 10R80 transmission, and it is still being used to this day in the Ford F-150. It uses high-strength steel and aluminum alloys/composites allowing it to be lightweight, yet durable. The 10R80 transmission puts all this new found power to the ground and optimizes towing performance and fuel efficiency.

The 10R80 automatic transmission uses a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing. Three overdrive gears improve fuel efficiency in both city and highway driving environments. Max tow capacity at 12,200 is maintained in instances as well. Ford F-150s with this engine also benefit from an advanced tow/haul mode. A newly introduced electronic control system uses real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms to select the right gear at the right time. This includes skip-shift and direct downshifting.

10-Speed 10R80 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Automatic Transmission
Picture taken from Ford Media.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Performance

The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, when found in the 2017-2020 Ford F-150, produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque. That’s 10 more horsepower and 50 lb.-ft more torque than the outgoing 1st Generation engine. High-Output engines produce an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. There’s no doubt that Ford F-150s with the Second Gen EcoBoost offers greater performance numbers, quicker acceleration, and they’re more fun to drive.

Horsepower and torque aren’t the only thing that matter though. When it comes to trucks, tow capacity is really important. As I’m writing this, while gas is over $4 a gallon, fuel economy is also important to truck owners. In the following two sections, we’ll go over how this generation of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine holds up in terms of towing performance and fuel efficiency.

2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Tow Capacity

Standard Output 3.5L EcoBoost

Model YearDrivetrainMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
20174×2
4×4
12,200 lbs
12,000 lbs
20184×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
13,000 lbs
20194×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
12,900 lbs
20204×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
12,700 lbs
20214×2
4×4
14,000 lbs
13,900 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited High Output 3.5L EcoBoost

Model YearDrivetrainMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
20194×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
20204×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Ford Raptor Tow Capacity

Model YearCab TypeMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
2017SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2018SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2019SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2020SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2021SuperCrew8,200 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Fuel Economy

Standard Output

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20174×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20184×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20194×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20204×2
4×4
mpg
16 mpg
mpg
22 mpg
mpg
18 mpg
20214×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
24 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
19 mpg
20224×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
24 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
19 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

High Output Limited Models

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20194×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
20204×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Ford Raptor

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20174×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20184×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20194×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20204×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
2021
2021 (37″ Tires)
4×4
4×4
15 mpg
15 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
2022
2022 (37″ Tires)
4×4
4×4
15 mpg
15 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Performance Upgrades for 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Ford F-150s

The EcoBoost engines incredible performance can be largely attributed to the use of twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. These two characteristics make increasing horsepower relatively easy too. By simply adding a 3.5L EcoBoost tuner with box tunes or custom tuning you can crank out over 50 more horsepower and 50 more lb.-ft of torque very easily. There are a number of other upgrades that are affordable and can improve horsepower, torque, and even fuel economy too. Check out some of our favorites.

Tuners

Edge Evolution CTS3 for Ford Gas Vehicles (2017-2020 EcoBoost)

If you’re looking for a programmer that offers moderate gains but has a ton of data parameter monitoring capabilities, the Edge Evolution CTS3 is a 3.5L EcoBoost Tuner you should consider. It offers box tunes capable of increasing horsepower and torque on your Ford F-150. Despite mentioning custom tune capabilities, this programmer isn’t really supported in the aftermarket with custom tuning.

Bully Dog BDX Programmer

Another tuner that allows you to monitor vehicle parameters, adjust settings, and still comes with preloaded tunes is the Bully Dog BDX programmer. This unit is also widely supported and preferred amongst tuning vendors. Custom tunes can also be downloaded via Wi-Fi, making it so easy to get custom tunes for your 3.5L EcoBoost F-150.

Cold Air Intake Systems

S&B Cold Air Intake (2018-2021)

S&B Filters Cold Air Intake System for 2018-2021 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost offers a less restrictive air intake system that gives your engine cooler, denser air. It focuses on bringing cooler air from outside of the vehicle instead of hot air from the engine bay.

Roush Cold Air Intake (2018-2021)

The Roush Cold Air Intake System reduces restrictions by up to 25% and improves intake sound.

For more ideas to increase horsepower, torque, and fuel economy in your 3.5L EcoBoost-powered F-150, visit our 7 Best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades Post.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Basics

Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance plays an extremely important role in keeping your Ford F-150 reliable and on the road for a long time. It can be done at a dealership, mechanic shops, or even at home, by yourself. If you want to save yourself a couple bucks and make sure your truck is getting the best quality fluids and filters, you might want to try maintaining it yourself. Many of the tasks are easy and can be done at home. If you choose to go this route, we’ll supply you with some basic maintenance intervals to follow, in addition to some parts and fluids you’ll probably need.

Maintenance Intervals (Normal Operating Conditions)

TasksMilesKilometers
Change Engine Oil/Filter5,000-10,000 miles8,000-16,000 kilometers
Change Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kilometers
Replace Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kilometers

If you truck is used for commercial purposes, as part of a fleet, or if you tow frequently, you’ll need to follow a severe maintenance schedule that requires more frequent maintenance intervals.

Common 3.5L EcoBoost Fluids, Oil, And Filters

Part TypePart #/Affiliate Links
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S
Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP
Engine Air FilterMotorcraft FA-1883
Cabin Air FilterMotorcraft FP-92
Engine CoolantMotorcraft Yellow Prediluted AntiFreeze VC-13DL-G

For more information on performing maintenance on these specific trucks, visit our Comprehensive Guide to 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance.

1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost Vs 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost

There are numerous changes that were made to the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine to improve reliability and performance. In the following chart and bulleted list we’ll list the specific differences between these two engines.

Specs/Features1st Generation2nd Generation
Model Years2011-20162017-2022
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters
(213 cubic inches)
3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1Standard Output: 10.5:1
High Output: 10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-61-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminumAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminumAluminum
ValvetrainDirect Acting Mechanical
Bucket with polished
buckets (DAMB)
Roller Finger Follower
Fuel SystemHigh Pressure Direct
Fuel Injection
Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air InductionTwin Turbocharged
and Intercooled
Twin turbocharged and intercooled.
Electronic wastegates are used.
Ignition SystemCoil On PlugCoil on Plug
Horsepower365 Horsepower Standard Output (2017-2020): 375 Horsepower
Standard Output (2021+): 400 Horsepower
High Output: 450 Horsepower
Torque420 lb.-ftStandard Output (2017-2020): 470 lb.-ft
Standard Output (2021+): 500 lb.-ft
High Output: 510 lb.-ft
Transmission Used6-Speed 6R80 Automatic10-Speed 10R80 Automatic

Other 2nd Gen Improvements

  • Better Fuel Economy due to a number of mechanical improvements that make this engine more efficient, along with lighter components being used in the engine. 2nd Gen engines are also used in trucks that utilize aluminum exterior paneling.
  • Updated Fuel System and Turbocharger Systems
  • Greater Horsepower and Torque
  • Increased Tow Capacity
  • Updated lower End with lighter, more durable components.
  • Standard Auto Start-Stop

Overall, these changes help make the Second Generation more durable and desirable than the previous one.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Infographic

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Ford F-150 Changes By Model Year

2017 Ford F-150 with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

2017 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2017, The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine debuts, along with a new standard 10-speed automatic transmission that significantly improves fuel economy, power, and overall drivability. A new High-Output 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine is also introduced on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

2018 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2018 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2018, Ford F-150s with the EcoBoost engine received an updated body design featuring new grilles, bumpers, and headlights. New technologies were also added, including pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise-control, 4G LTE model for an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot, and a new B&O sound system. The 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine debuts, in addition to the 2nd Generation 2.7L EcoBoost engine.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine

2019 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2019, the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine was made available on Ford F-150s in the Limited trim package.

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

2020 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2020 was the last year before a substantial exterior and interior update of the Ford F-150. Only minor changes were made for 2020 Ford F-150s. Some exterior color options were added and others removed. Driver Assist technologies were also improved.

2021 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2021 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2021 Ford F-150s received a massive overhaul resulting in a new exterior, interior, and powertrain additions and changes. The standard output 3.5L EcoBoost received improvements that resulted in new performance numbers. 2021 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine now have 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.5L PowerBoost engine was also introduced, which is a hybrid variant of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost FAQS

How much horsepower and torque do 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engines have when present in the Ford F-150?

2017-2020 Ford F-150s with the standard output engine have 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque. 2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the standard output engine have 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. 2017-2022 Ford F-150 Raptors and 2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited models have 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque.

What model years did the Ford F-150 use the 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine?

2017-2022 Ford F-150s use the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

How many quarts of oil does the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine take?

6 Quarts with Filter Change.

How much can a Ford F-150 with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine tow?

2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the 2nd Gen EcoBoost engine can tow up to 14,000 lbs when properly equipped.

2021 Ford F-150 Limited. Picture taken from Ford Media.

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Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs & Performance

Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine is one of the most exciting and capable half-ton trucks since it was introduced in 2011. Since 2011 however, the 3.5L EcoBoost engine has come a long way, with numerous improvements being made throughout the years to increase reliability and capabilities. In 2022, there are even three separate variations of the engine in Ford F-150 trucks. There is the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, the 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid, and even a 3.5L EcoBoost High Output version.

In this post, we’re going to focus on the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged Engine. We’re going to cover the differences between standard output and high output 3.5L EcoBoost engines, as well as performance specs, Fuel Economy, and other important engine information too. Let’s dive right in.

2017 Ford Raptor with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine
Photo Taken From the Ford Media Website.

When Did the Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Become Available?

The Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 engine was first introduced in the 2017 Ford Raptor. 2017 Ford Raptors equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged engine produce a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. Compared to the new 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine that debuted in the 2017 Ford F-150, that was a difference of 75 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft of torque.

After a couple years of being married to the Ford Raptor exclusively, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited was introduced to the High Output EcoBoost Engine too. Ford wanted to give its luxury customers the same performance capabilities as those seeking the Baja Race-ready Ford Raptor. 2020 Ford F-150 Limited trucks also came with the High Output EcoBoost engine.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
2019 Ford F-150 Limited Featuring the High Output EcoBoost Engine. Picture Taken from Ford Media.

The High Output engine was discontinued in 2021 Ford F-150 trucks except for the Ford Raptor. Instead, a revised 3.5L EcoBoost Engine is found in all trims that produces 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. The 2021-2022 Ford Raptor trucks have maintained a High Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine, however we suspect a revised engine is coming with the introduction of the Ford Raptor R.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Years2017-2022
Applications
Ford Raptor
Ford F-150 Limited
See Below
2017-2022
2019-2020
Engine Build LocationCleveland, Ohio
Configuration60 Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 Cubic Inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainRoller Finger Follower
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel SystemTwin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin-Turbocharged and Intercooled
Horsepower450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended FuelPremium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended OilMotorcraft SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP (5 Quarts)
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Tow Capacity

Ford F-150s with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine actually hold a larger tow capacity and payload than those equipped with the High Output engine. If you are going to be towing frequently with loaded trailer weights greater than 6,000-8,000 lbs we actually recommend going with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Ford F-150’s 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine also offers excellent towing performance and fantastic fuel economy as well.

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited Tow Capacity

Model YearDrivetrainMax Tow Capacity
(Conventional)
Max Payload
20194×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,530 lbs
1,280 lbs
20204×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,520 lbs
1,270 lbs

2017-2022 Ford Raptor Tow Capacity

Model YearCabin TypeMax Tow Capacity
(Conventional)
Max Payload
2017SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2018SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2019SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2020SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2021Crew Cab8,200 lbs1,400 lbs
2017 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine towing a boat and trailer
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Towing a Boat. Picture Taken From Ford Media.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy is also lower in High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engines compared to those with the standard engine. This is especially true with the Ford Raptor. That being said, the Ford Raptor comes with 35″ or 37″ tires and an off-road performance suspension. Fuel economy is better on 2019-2020 Limited Models as they more closely resemble the regular F-150.

Ford Raptor Fuel Economy

Model YearCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
201715 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201815 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201915 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
202015 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
2021 (with 35″ Tires)
2021 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
2022 (with 35″ Tires)
2022 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg

Ford F-150 Limited Fuel Economy

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20194×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
20204×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Design Characteristics

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine contains most of the same upgrades that are found with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost that was also introduced in 2017. However, there are some unique engine improvements made to the high output engines to increase power and maintain reliability.

Upgraded Fuel System

Instead of a solely direct fuel injection system, the High Output EcoBoost engine gains a redesigned twin-port and direct fuel injection system. Two injectors are used per cylinder, one at the intake port and the other within the cylinder. They work together and produce greater power and efficiency while simultaneously decreasing emissions. This new design also makes carbon build-up, a common 3.5L EcoBoost problem, a significantly lesser issue compared to 2011-2016 EcoBoost engines.

New Twin-Turbocharger System With Upgraded Intercooler

High Output EcoBoost engines also receive the new Borgwarner turbocharger system introduced in the 2nd Generation EcoBoost. Unlike the standard engine however, High output engines have more aggressive compressors that allow for even greater boost. The high output engine also benefits from an electronic wastegate.

In addition to the differences with the turbocharger system, at least the Ford Raptor models gain an air-charge cooling system that features dual 100-watt fans, plus a standard heavy duty trailer-tow cooling system. This trailer tow cooling system features a 23% larger core radiator and dual 700-watt brushless radiator cooling fans.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Photo taken from Ford Media.

Weight Reduction

Another important feature that enables the quicker acceleration of both standard 3.5L EcoBoost engines and High Output engines is the lighter weight of both the engine and the trucks themselves. In 2017, Ford Redesigned the F-150, utilizing aluminum body paneling. In fact, the 2017 Raptor shed up to 500 lbs compared to 2016 models.

Durability Enhancements

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output engine also benefits from the new materials used within the engine. Hollow Camshafts are used in the roller-finger valvetrain, removing as much as 4 pounds of weight. A new lower end structure features an upgraded crankshaft and bearings, in addition to a two-piece oil pan. A new Dual-Chain cam drive design also improves reliability and provides simplicity.

Upgraded Exhaust System

Ford Raptors and the F-150 Limited with the High Output EcoBoost both benefit from a true dual exhaust system. They also utilize cast stainless steel manifolds.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Flexing
Ford Raptor Flexing. Picture taken from Ford Media.

What is the Difference Between the Standard 3.5L EcoBoost and the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine?

Compared to the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, High output engines in the Raptor and F-150 Limited feature more aggressive turbo compressors offering increased boost calibrations. Cast stainless steel manifolds are used, in addition to a full dual exhaust system. Ford also gave the high output EcoBoost oil-cooled pistons for increased reliability. Lastly, far more aggressive engine control calibrations were implemented to ink out as many ponies as possible.

Compared to standard output EcoBoost engines, the High Output EcoBoost spools quicker and providers greater acceleration. Horsepower and torque are greater, however, max tow capacity and payload is lesser on trucks with the High Output engine. If you need the maximum towing capacity offered by the 3.5L EcoBoost today, up to 14,000 lbs with the 2022 Ford F-150 Max Tow package, stick with the standard output engine.

Standard 3.5L EcoBoost Vs High Output 3.5L EcoBoost

SpecsStandardHigh Output
Horsepower2017-2020: 375 @ 5,000 rpm
2021+: 400 @
All Years: 450 @ 5,000 rpm
Torque2017-2020: 470 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
2021+:
All Years: 510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Economy (4WD)
(City/Highway/Combined)
2017-2020: 17/23/19
2021+: 17/23/19
Raptor (35″ Tires): 15/18/16
Raptor (37″ Tires): 14/16/15
2019-2020 Limited:17/21/19
Max Tow Capacity
(Max Tow Package)
2017: 12,200 lbs*
2018-2020: 13,200 lbs*
2021+: 14,000 lbs**
Raptor (17-20): 8,000 lbs
Raptor (2021): 8,200 lbs
2019-2020 Limited: 11,100 lbs
*2020 3.5L EcoBoost Engine with max tow package **Requires Max Tow Package.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output FAQS

What are the major differences between the standard 3.5l EcoBoost and the high output 3.5l EcoBoost engines?

High Output Engines offer 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque, which is higher than the standard output EcoBoost engine. This can be attributed to a more aggressive turbocharger design with increased boost calibrations, upgraded intercooler, oil-cooled pistons, and more aggressive engine calibrations. They also benefit from a true dual exhaust and cast stainless steel manifolds. The result of this performance is quicker spool times and ultimately faster acceleration.

How Much Horsepower Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

How Much Torque Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

510 lb.-ft of Torque @ 3,500 rpm

Which Ford F-150s have the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine?

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited
2017-2021 Ford Raptor

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7 Best Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades

How to Improve Your 3.5L EcoBoost-Powered F-150s Performance, Fuel Economy, and Reliability

When the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine was introduced in 2011, it created a seismic shift in the pickup truck industry. Big, Bulky V-8 engines that were bad on gas took the back-seat to smaller, turbocharged engines in not only fuel economy, but also performance. The 2011 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine could out-tow Ford’s 5.0L V8 engine and get better fuel economy while doing it. Fast forward to today, and the 3.5L EcoBoost engine is still around, and it still leads the pack in terms of capabilities, especially with the high-output EcoBoost engine variant. Just because something is good, doesn’t mean you can’t make it better though. In this post, we’ll go over the 7 best Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance upgrades to improve performance (horsepower, torque, acceleration), fuel economy, and reliability.

Photo taken from the Ford Media Website.

1. 3.5L EcoBoost Tuning

One of the most substantial 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades you can purchase is tuning. Tuning your 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine will increase horsepower, torque, acceleration, and even fuel economy. Traditionally, tuners provides the greatest benefits to diesel trucks, but because of the 3.5L EcoBoost’s Diesel-Like characteristics, this engine benefits significantly from tuning too.

3.5L EcoBoost Box Tuners

When it comes to 3.5L EcoBoost Tuners there are two distinct paths you can go down. Most tuners like Bully Dog’s BDX or the Edge Evolution CTS3 provide tunes straight out of the box. These tunes are built for the masses, however they are tested extensively and designed to meet all emission standards put forth by the Clean Air Act. 3.5L EcoBoost Box Tuners provide moderate gains and the easiest installation. Most of them are simply plug and play.

Before purchasing any of the tuners below, confirm fitment on the manufacturers website with your specific vehicle. Most of the tuners listed below will work with 2011-2020 3.5L EcoBoost trucks, but you still want to make sure.

Banks AutoMind 2 Programmer

Banks is without a doubt one of the biggest names in truck performance parts for a reason. They’re well-known for researching and testing their products against their competitors and broadcasting their results. The Banks AutoMind 2 Programmer provides increased performance via box-tunes that improve horsepower, torque, and fuel economy.

Edge Evolution CTS3 3.5L EcoBoost Tuner

Edge Evolution CTS3

The Edge Evolution CTS3 is a highly capable monitoring device and tuner for the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. It offers limited tuning for 3.5L EcoBoost engines but the parameter monitoring and other features make this a very valuable product to keep in your truck. This tuner does not offer 3.5L EcoBoost Custom tuning.

3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades: Tuners

SCT Livewire TS+ Performance Programmer

SCT’s LiveWire TS+ Performance Programmer offers box tunes and custom tuning capabilities. It also offers a smaller degree of parameter monitoring characteristics.

SCT BDX PROGRAMMER - 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades

SCT BDX Programmer

SCT’s BDX Programmer offers both box tunes and custom tunes. It also doubles as a monitor and can be customized to display parameters of your choosing!

3.5L EcoBoost Tuners with Custom Tuning

If you want to give your Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine the most horsepower and torque possible, then you need to go with custom tuning. With custom tuning, you will be required to purchase a box tuner that comes with the capability to store and upload custom tunes to your truck. SCT and Bully Dog build the most popular tuners to use with custom tuning for Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost trucks.

Once you’ve selected a tuner or programmer to use, you will need to find a company that designs 3.5L EcoBoost Custom Tunes. You will then have the option to purchase multiple different tunes that optimize different styles of driving. For example, you could opt for a max fuel economy tune or a towing tune. High performance tunes are also available. It is important to note that in the United States, custom tunes that disable emissions devices are illegal. Emissions Deleting 3.5L EcoBoost tuners should be avoided altogether unless your vehicle is used solely for racing or off-roading.

3.5l EcoBoost Tuning Performance Upgrade

SCT X4 Custom Tuner

If you have access to a computer that uses a Microsoft Windows operating system, you can use the SCT X4 Tuner for your 3.5L EcoBoost. This tuner provides simple operation and a range of other features like parameter monitoring that pair great with custom tuning.

Just keep in mind, this tuner is not CARB approved, and you will not be able to purchase it if you live in California.

3.5L EcoBoost SCT BDX CUSTOM TUNER

SCT BDX Tuner

The SCT BDX Programmer makes accessing custom tuning for your 3.5L EcoBoost easy by downloading them directly from your custom tuning dealer by Wi-Fi. The BDX programmer also provides parameter monitoring that can be designed and modified to your liking. You can also adjust/change features on your truck using this programmer.

Bully Dox BDX Custom Programmer

Bully Dog BDX Tuner

The Bully Dog BDX Programmer is almost identical to the SCT BDX. This programmer makes accessing custom tuning for your 3.5L EcoBoost easy by downloading them directly from your custom tuning dealer by Wi-Fi. The BDX programmer also provides parameter monitoring that can be designed and modified to your liking. You can also adjust/change features on your truck using this programmer.

How Custom Tuning Works

All tuning increases vehicle performance by updating the vehicles PCM. You can adjust fuel tables, boost, timing, shift points, and more to enhance performance. By doing this alone, you can increase 3.5L EcoBoost Horsepower, Torque, throttle response, and fuel economy.

Tuning can come at the cost of reliability however, as high performance tunes can often cause increased wear and tear on components and ultimately a shorter lifespan. On the 3.5L EcoBoost specifically, tuners and programmers can cause early problems to occur. It’s important to be aware of the common 3.5L EcoBoost problems so you can look out for them.

Despite this, many drivers still decide to tune their vehicles but to opt for tunes that are more moderate in nature. Moderate tunes still give you decent gains, but they don’t cause massive reductions in your trucks reliability.

To sustain higher performance tunes and maintain reliability, you will need to spend a lot more money on supporting modifications. Your transmission specifically is one vehicle component that will take a beating, and many truck owners purchase a “built” transmission featuring more robust internals and an upgraded torque converting in high-horsepower/torque applications.

We recommend moderate tuning that keeps all emissions in-tact. If you are going to tune your vehicle however, we recommend following the severe service intervals listed in our 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Guide. This will help keep your vehicle operational and maintain reliability.

Installing and Setting Up Custom Tunes

If you want to use a custom tuner like the SCT X4 that requires manual uploading/downloading of tunes, you will first need to purchase a blank tuner. Upon receiving your blank tuner, you must connect your blank tuner to your truck’s OBD2 Port and pull your ECU Data. Then you send out the required Data to your Custom Tuning provider of choice who will use this data to design custom tunes for your vehicle. Once they’ve been designed, they will send them to you.

Upon receiving your device, you have to download them to your device from your computer. Once they’ve been downloaded to your device, you can upload them to your vehicle. Once the tunes are uploaded you can select which tune you want to use.

Programmers like the SCT BDX or Bully Dog BDX can download tunes through the cloud when connected to Wi-F. This makes installing tunes on your truck much easier if you are tech savvy. You can cut the computer out of the equation and download tunes directly from your custom tuning provider instead.

3.5L EcoBoost Custom Tuning Providers

When choosing a custom tuning dealer for your Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost, you should go with someone who specializes in tunes for EcoBoost engines. There are plenty of people out there capable of building tunes, but you want someone who knows the ins-and-outs of these engines and has a ton of experience designing capable and reliable tunes for the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

Here are some reputable 3.5L EcoBoost Custom Tuning Providers that are highly recommended on Ford F-150 and EcoBoost Forums.

2. 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

Number 2 on our list of the best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades is the Intercooler. There are a couple of reasons for this. In Ford F-150’s with the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine, specifically the 2011-2012 model years, the intercooler is actually a problem point. A TSB was even issued because of condensation accumulation in the intercooler. The problem is mostly experienced in high-humidity climates, but it’s still a potential problem nonetheless.

Aftermarket Intercoolers also can benefit any truck, especially the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. They provide your engine with cooler, denser air and can also hold greater boost. These are a great supporting modification that is excellently paired with other 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades on this list like Tuners.

Intercoolers can also be purchased as kits that also include new intercooler piping. New piping provides less restrictions and greater durability.

Best 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

2011-2014 Mishimoto 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Replace that problematic OEM Intercooler and piping with Mishimoto’s 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit. This will take care of that pesky intercooler condensation problem and simultaneously lower air temperatures entering your engine!

2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit from Mishimoto

Mishimoto 2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

The 2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Mishimoto Intercooler Kit provides an upgraded intercooler and piping solution to increase performance and provide your engine with cooler air.

2017-2020 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

Mishimoto 2017-2020 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto 2017-2020 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Increase Performance and Reliability with Mishimoto’s 2017-2020 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit. It includes an upgraded aftermarket Intercooler and new piping that reduces restrictions and provides cooler air to your EcoBoost Engine.

3. Cold Air Intakes

Cold Air Intakes are another item on our list of the best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades. The stock air intake is adequate for completely stock applications, but it can be easily upgraded to provide performance gains in even mostly stock applications. Upgraded Cold Air intakes provide cooler, denser air to the engine which results in more power and fuel economy.

Best 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intakes

2011-2014 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Trucks

Banks Ram Air Intake

Banks Ram Air Intake System

The Banks Ram Air Intake System is one of our favorite 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intake Systems. Like other Bank’s Power products, its been highly tested, and the results speak for themselves. This intake system is up to 64.6% less restrictive than the factory unit and provides better fuel economy and power!

2011 AFE Power Magnum Force Stage-2 Intake System

For 2011 Model Year 3.5L EcoBoost trucks, AFE Power built their own Magnum Force Stage-2 Intake System. If you are a gearhead and like to hear your truck, this is a good intake system for you. Turbo noise is generally increased, but so does horsepower and torque!

AFE POWER MAGNUM FORCE INTAKE

2012-2014 AFE Power Magnum Force Stage-2 Intake System

Another good intake system is the AFE Power Magnum Force Stage-2 Intake System. If you like to hear those turbochargers, this is the intake system for you. AFE mentions you can gain up to 32 Horsepower and 35 lb.-ft of torque with this system. The model displayed here is only for 2012-2014 models. 2011 EcoBoost Engines require Part # 54-12182

S&B Filters Intake System

Another big name in the CAI marketplace is the S&B Filters. S&B’s 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intake System is a well-built CAI system designed to increase performance and filter change intervals. The Clear sight-glass also makes checking filter condition very easy.

2015-2017 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Trucks

2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Banks Ram Cold Air Intake System

Banks Ram Air Intake System

Banks Ram Air Intake System for 2015-2017 3.5L EcoBoost trucks offers a unique design compared to competitors. Instead of just sucking in more air, Bank’s Power designed this intake system to get colder, denser air from outside the engine bay. The results are astronomically better than other CAI systems as they simply draw air from the hot engine bay.

S&B Cold Air Intake System

S&B’s Cold Air Intake system is also designed to draw in cooler air from outside the engine bay. The result is increased performance and fuel economy. S&B also utilizes a sight-glass that makes viewing filter condition very easily.

Roush 2015-2017 3.5L EcoBoost CAI System

2015-2017 Roush 3.5L EcoBoost CAI System

Roush is a well-known and respected Ford performance provider. The Roush Cold Air Intake System for 2015-2017 3.5L EcoBoost engines offers increased performance and a less restrictive design than the factory air intake system.

2018-2021 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intakes

S&B Cold Air Intake System

S&B Filter’s 2018-2021 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intake System offers a less restrictive design compared to the stock system and brings in cooler air to increase engine performance. It also makes filter maintenance easier by offering greater filter visibility so you know exactly when its time to change it or clean it!

Roush Cold Air Intake System

Roush developed their 2018-2021 3.5L EcoBoost Cold Air Intake System to improve performance, fuel economy, and intake sound. It offers up to a 25% reduction in restrictions compared to the stock air intake system.

Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake System

Mishimoto developed their own 2018-2021 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Cold Air Intake System that is up to 46.4% less restrictive than the factory system and provides dyne-proven gains of up to 14 horsepower and 17 lb.-ft of torque.

4. Oil Catch Can Kits

Blow-by and carbon accumulation are known 3.5L EcoBoost problems, especially on early variations of this engine. To resolve this issue, several companies have come out with Catch Can Kits that capture blow-by and prevents build-up by accumulating it in a “Catch Can” that simply has to emptied periodically. Catch Can Kits are one of the cheapest and and most effective 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades that improves longevity and can help prevent repairs down the road.

2011-2022 J&L Oil Separator 3.0 Passenger Side

J&L’s Oil Separator 3.0 is an inexpensive solution to blow-by and offers a multi-stage filtration system that collects vapors/oil and stores it in a can. This helps prevent carbon accumulation and keeps the intake system clean.

2011-2014 Mishimoto Oil Catch Can Kit

Mishimoto’s 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost Oil Catch Can Kit helps reduce the impact of blow-by and keeps your intake system clean. This is especially important in 2011-2014 EcoBoost engines because they strictly use direct fuel injection.

2015-2016 Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit

Mishimoto’s 2015-2016 3.5L EcoBoost Baffled Oil Catch Can System helps reduce carbon accumulation and keeps your Intake system clean.

2017+ 3.5L EcoBoost Catch Can Kit

2017-2020 Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can System

Mishimoto’s 2017+ 3.5L EcoBoost Baffled Oil Catch Can System utilizes a dual-can design to collect blow-by from both the PCV and CCV systems and offers greater storage capacity than other companies.

5. Performance Monitors or Digital Gauge Displays

When you’re adding horsepower and torque to your 3.5L EcoBoost, it’s important to stay on track of your truck’s vitals. Performance monitors, sometimes called digital gauge displays, don’t necessarily improve performance themselves, but they are still one of the best 3.5L EcoBoost performance upgrades you can purchase. They offer large scale data parameter monitoring and can be paired with EGT probes or other sensors to offer precise, real-time monitoring while driving. Some can even be set to alert you should you reach high EGTS or coolant temps.

While newer editions of the 3.5L EcoBoost give you significantly more from the dash cluster, older models did not. So it’s even more useful for first gen 3.5l EcoBoost owners. That being said, newer truck owners can also benefit. Performance monitors also often give you the ability to read and clear DTC codes, re-calibrate the vehicles speedometer for bigger/small tires, and other cool features as well.

Best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Monitors/Digital Gauge Displays

Banks iDash DataMonster

Banks iDash Datamonster gives you real-time access to almost 300 different parameters, and even some that are unique to Banks. You can also monitor almost anything you want if you purchase auxiliary sensors from Banks. The iDash Datamonster allows you Data Log everything, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to tuning. Up to 4 iDash Datamonsters can be connected to each other, allowing real-time parameter monitoring of up to 32 parameters at a time.

Edge Insight CTS3

The Edge Insight CTS3 is one of the most capable performance monitors available for your 3.5L EcoBoost. It offers the most data parameter viewing out of a single unit compared to other displays and it is also highly expandable with auxiliary sensors and probes.

Edge Evolution CTS3

The Edge Evolution CTS3 is the best of both worlds. It combines the Insight’s digital gauge capabilities and adds tuning. If you want moderate tuning and data parameter viewing, this product might be a good match for you.

Bully Dog BDX

Bully Dog’s BDX Programmer is another digital gauge/performance monitor with tuning capabilities. While it comes with box tunes, it is also a highly popular device to use with custom tuning.

6. Exhaust Systems

Despite the EPA crackdown on vehicular performance, exhaust systems are still valuable 3.5L EcoBoost Performance upgrades, and they do provide small additions in power and sound. Straight-pipe exhaust systems are a thing of the past, but you can still get better performance through a Cat-Back or Resonate-Back Exhaust system. Despite you only replacing a part of the exhaust system, you will still be reducing back-pressure and increasing exhaust flow. Exhaust systems also help reduce EGTs.

Before you purchase an Exhaust System for your 3.5L EcoBoost, check your local governments laws and sound ordinances.

2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Exhaust Systems

Banks Power Monster Exhaust System (2011-2014 Ford F-150 all Cab/Bed Configurations)

The Banks Power Monster Exhaust System brings Banks-Quality Engineering to your 2011-2014 Ford F-150. Designed to fit all cab and bed configurations, this exhaust system improves the look, sound, and performance of your 3.5L EcoBoost’s exhaust system.

Roush Cat-Back Exhaust System (2011-2014 Ford F-150 All Cabs/Beds)

Looking to improve performance and sound of your 2011-2014 F-150? The Roush Cat-Back exhaust system improves exhaust flow, increases exhaust sound, and provides a sharp aesthetic thanks to the dual exhaust tip design.

2015-2020 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Exhaust Systems

Banks Monster Exhaust (2015-2019 Ford F-150 Crew Cab Short Bed)

Upgrade sound, lower EGTs, and improve performance with Banks Monster Exhaust system.

Roush Cat-Back Exhaust (2015-2020 Ford F-150 Standard Output)

Another quality Cat-Back Exhaust system is the Roush Cat-Back Exhaust System. Roush is a big name in Ford Performance and their kit has a more aggressive look and sound output.

7. Performance/Power Bundles

The Seventh item on our list of the best Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades are performance/power bundles. If you’re looking to knock out multiple performance upgrades without purchasing 6 different items, you’re in luck. There are a few quality power bundles out there that will help boost performance without breaking the bank.

2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5l EcoBoost Banks Power Stinger Bundle

Experience performance increases of up to 72 horsepower and 87 lb.-ft of torque with the Banks Power Stinger Bundle. This system comes with a Monster Exhaust System, Cold air Intake, and an Automind 2 Programmer.

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7 Common Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Problems And How to Fix Them

3.5L EcoBoost Reliability

Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 turbocharged engine are very popular for a reason. Despite their sophistication compared to naturally-aspirated powertrains, the Ford F-150 3.5L Ecoboost has proven itself to be quite reliable. This is especially true in regards to second generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines as they seemed to have worked the kinks out. 1st Generation Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine experience more problems that are commonly associated with any new engine platform. They just had to work out the initial problems, many of which could be solved by simple software problems.

Just because the 3.5L EcoBoost engines are overall great, reliable trucks, that doesn’t mean that problems don’t exist. In this post, we’ll go over the most common 3.5L EcoBoost engine problems, along with how to prevent them, and how to fix them.

Photo taken from the Ford Media Website.

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Carbon Build-Up Problems

Carbon build-up is primarily found on 1st Generations of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. 1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engines only use a direct fuel injection, where fuel is directly injected into the cylinders. The result is carbon accumulation, as there is no fuel being washed over the intake valves. Eventually, the carbon deposits can accumulate to the point that they effectively choke your engine and reduce performance.

The second generation 3.5L EcoBoost uses port fuel injection in addition to direct fuel injection, which does a good job at significantly removing carbon accumulation from your truck. That’s why this problem is pretty much isolated to first generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines.

Once excessive carbon accumulation occurs, Air flow going into the cylinders is restricted. It’s common to experience power loss, rough idling, or sometimes even engine misfiring. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with this issue and even prevent it.

How To Fix and Prevent Carbon Accumulation on your 3.5L EcoBoost

The best course of action in addressing the Carbon Accumulation problem is preventing it altogether. The aftermarket came out with Catch Can Kits for dealing with blow-by and carbon accumulation. Basically, mounted catch cans route blow-by away from your intake and valves and accumulate it in a “Catch Can” in all conditions. Catch Cans need to be emptied periodically, so make sure you establish a base line to establish your emptying intervals.

Mishimoto Oil Catch Can Kit

Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can

Mishimoto’s 2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Catch Can Kit addresses the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Carbon Accumulation problem and keeps your intake and valves clean.

If it’s too late and your 3.5L EcoBoost is already experience carbon accumulation issues, walnut blasting can clean everything up. It’s best to leave this repair to a shop though. Stay away from aftermarket DIY induction cleaners. They can cause more damage than good and can actually damage turbocharger components.

3.5L EcoBoost PCV Problems

Another problem with 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine occurs predominantly in 2013-2015 models and is due to the design of the positive crankcase ventilation hose valve cover adaptor. This problem often causes blue or white smoke coming from the exhaust, especially after periods of extended idling.

How to Fix It

Fixing this common PCV problem is as simple as removing the old positive crankcase ventilation hose valve cover adaptor with Ford’s redesigned one.

Ford Redesigned PCV Hose Valve Cover Adaptor:HL2Z-6762-A 

Timing Chain Issues

A side effect of turbocharging is the extreme stress it puts on engine oil. If you neglect maintenance on your F-150, you can experience timing chain wear on your 3.5L EcoBoost pretty early. The chain tensioner and pulleys can also wear out. When this occurs, a malfunction indicator lamp may become visible with trouble diagnostic code P0016. Other codes could also be present as well. Another indicator of timing chain wear is a rattle occurring during cold starts.

When this problem is present, it has to be fixed right away. Otherwise, it can lead to other problems.

How to Fix It And Prevent It

Timing Chain wear is one of the most expensive 3.5L EcoBoost Problems to fix, as it takes a good amount of labor to complete properly. If you can extend the time before you have to complete this repair on your truck, that would be ideal for your wallet. We recommend being extremely strict about your 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance. Change your oil and oil filter early. If you use your truck for heavy towing, off-roading, or for commercial purposes follow the OEM recommended severe service intervals.

Also, you need to use good quality engine oil and oil filters. Using aftermarket engine oil or oil that doesn’t meet Ford’s specifications for these engines can also lead to premature failure.

Best 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Oil

Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil

Probably the best engine oil to use in your 3.5L EcoBoost is Motorcraft SAE 5w-30 Premium Synthetic Blend.

Best 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Oil Filter

Motorcraft FL-500-S

The best 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Oil Filter to assure quality is the Motorcraft FL-500S engine oil filter.

If you are unlucky enough to have this problem occur on your truck, get it taken care of right away. Take it to a quality mechanic or a good dealership. You’re also better off changing the timing chain along with the other worn-out parts at the same time.

Intercooler Condensation

Intercooler condensation is one of the 3.5L EcoBoost problems that’s found in First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines, specifically for the 2011-2012 model years. Common symptoms of Intercooler condensation include intermittent stumbling, misfiring, or trouble codes. It predominantly occurs in humid environments like Florida after hard acceleration, extended drives at highway speeds, or heavy towing.

Ford rectified this by re-designing the intercooler, or charge air cooler, in later models. But if you are the proud owner of a 2011-2012 Ford F-150, this is something you could experience in humid climates. Ford released a TSB for fixing this problem. Which we’ll go over in the section below. There are other ways to solve this problem than OEM recommendations as well.

How to Fix It

Before doing anything, Ford requires the technician to take multiple precautions and truly isolate the problem to the intercooler. Misfire Freeze Frame data should show the truck operating at above 2,500 rpms with a 100% load. You will also need to make sure your truck isn’t equipped with the newer, re-designed intercooler. If it’s not, then you are likely experiencing trapped moisture in the intercooler, or intercooler condensation.

2011-2012 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooling Condensation Problem
Original Intercooler/Deflector Design on 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. Picture taken from Ford TSB 13-8-1.

After taking these necessary precautions and isolating the problem to the intercooler, Ford recommends removing the existing air deflector from the top of the intercooler. Then, you will need to install a re-designed air deflector on the bottom of the intercooler and re-program the PCM.

3.5L EcoBoost Problems - Intercooling Condensation
Updated Air Deflector plate installed on old 2011 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost. Picture taken from Ford TSB 13-8-1.

Other Solutions For Condensation being trapped in the intercooler include replacing the intercooler altogether or drilling a 1/16″ hole in the bottom of the intercooler. We recommend Intercooler replacement as you not only fix the problem, but its also a great 3.5L Ecoboost Ford F-150 upgrade. If you choose to simply drill a hole in the bottom of the intercooler, you can create a leak in the system which can lead to other issues.

Upgraded 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost Intercoolers

2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Mishimoto Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto Performance InterCooler Kit

Cool down charge air temperatures and get rid of condensation in your intercooler with Mishimoto’s Intercooler and Pipe kit for the 2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost. This kit was designed specifically for 2011-2014 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine and it offers better performance than the factory Intercooler by a long shot! This intercooler has an 88% increased core size, 66% greater interval core volume and a 40% increase in external fin surface area. Also included is silicone piping to replace that restrictive factory piping for improved performance.

2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Intercooler

Mishimoto Performance Intercooler

Just looking to replace your intercooler? Mishimoto’s Performance Intercooler offers greater internal and external core sizes. It also includes a 1/4″ NPT drain plug incorporated in the bottom mount.

For more upgrades, visit our 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades Post.

3.5L EcoBoost Ignition System Problems

The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine provides incredible performance and fuel economy for a gasoline-powered engine, especially when it was introduced in the 2011 Ford F-150. The twin-turbocharger system is a key contributor, and while it definitely provides huge advantages over the F-150s naturally aspirated powertrains, it requires more frequent maintenance, specifically with the ignition system. One of the most common 3.5L EcoBoost Problems is Carbon Accumulation in the Ignition system.

Carbon build-up is common in the ignition systems of 3.5L EcoBoost engines compared to naturally aspirated models like the 5.0L V8 engine or 3.3L V6, resulting in more frequent need for changing spark plugs and ignition coils.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5L EcoBoost
2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the 3.5L EcoBoost High-Output V-6 Engine. Picture Taken from Ford Media.

How to Fix It

If your truck begins to run rough, misfire, or power and fuel economy begins to suffer, check your spark plugs and boots for signs of carbon tracks. If any signs are present, replace all of the spark plugs and boots. This will often solve the problem. Another good preventative measure is to change your spark plugs every 40,000-50,000 miles. It seems excessive, but it will keep your truck operating well for years to come.

The ignition coils will also fail earlier compared to naturally aspirated powertrains, but not usually at the same intervals as the Spark Plugs. They will last longer. If you’re approaching 70,000-80,000 miles on your 3.5L EcoBoost, just keep them in mind because you will be changing them soon. Check out other tips for longevity and servicing these trucks on our 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance Guide.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Spark Plugs

Model YearPartPart Name/Number
2011-2016Spark PlugsMotorcraft SP-580
2017-2021Spark PlugsMotorcraft SP-594
2022+Spark PlugsMotorcraft SP-596

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Ignition Coils

Model YearPartPart Name/Number
2011-2016Ignition CoilsMotorcraft DG-549
2017-2020Ignition CoilsMotorcraft DG-585
2021-2022Ignition CoilsMotorcraft DG-584

Calibration Problems

Another problem commonly associated with the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engines is calibration issues. Ford issued numerous calibration and software updates to fix problems with Ignition, Shifting, and Vacuum. At this point in 2022, most older F-150s on the road likely have the latest updates to their PCM to resolve these issues. If you are experiencing strange operation of your truck, especially if mileage is low and the truck is in good shape, make sure the PCM has the latest calibrations.

How to Fix Calibration Issues

If you are experiencing issues that could be related to the vehicles existing PCM calibrations, take your truck to the dealer. They can make sure your PCM is up-to-date and if it’s not, they can recalibrate your truck. If the issue is not calibration, then you can rule it out and either trouble shoot the truck yourself, or they can diagnose your truck for you.

3.5L EcoBoost Coolant Leak Problems

Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine are also known to have a few common coolant leaking problems. This is why it’s so important to check your coolant levels periodically. Otherwise, you may experience overheating as a sign indicating a coolant leak. If left unresolved, coolant shortages and excessive overheating can cause very expensive problems. So be sure to be aware of what leaks on your 3.5L EcoBoost and stay on top of maintenance.

Quick-Connect Fitting Leak

The first, and more inexpensive coolant leak is found on the heater hose that connects to the Degas Bottle. 2011-2014 trucks came from the factory using quick-connect fitting with one o-ring. This design over time causes an often mis-diagnosed coolant leak because this fitting will leak coolant on components belonging to the turbocharger. Many technicians will then say the turbo fittings (the other common 3.5L EcoBoost coolant leak) need to be changed out when it is really just the quick connect fitting that is causing the leak.

An easy way to check is to run your hand underneath the quick-connect fitting and feel for coolant. If this part is leaking, it will be moist to the touch.

How to Fix It

To fix this problem you have two possible solutions. You can either replace the hose with a new one from Ford (Motorcraft PART # KH576) or you can utilize an aftermarket product from Pegasus racing products (Pegasus SHK-FORD-001-BLACK).

Turbocharger Fitting Leak

The more dreaded coolant leak found on the 3.5L EcoBoost engine is found on the Turbocharger fittings. This can be pin-pointed by a visual inspection of the lines going to the turbocharger and their appropriate fittings. Because of the location of these fittings, this repair is particularly laborious and can take almost 10 hours to complete.

How to Fix It

It’s best to leave this repair to either a dealer or a professional and experienced shop. Make sure you properly identify the turbo fitting leak. These leaks are often misdiagnosed and instead the quick-connect fitting is the actual culprit.

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Ford F-150 3.5L Ecoboost V6 Engine Specs & Performance Information

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Specs & Performance Information

At the turn of 2010, stricter fuel economy and emissions standards in pickup trucks began to take effect. Traditional, naturally-aspirated V8 engines began to struggle to meet these emissions and fuel economy standards, while also offering limited performance figures. In response to these standards, Ford created the innovative EcoBoost engine platform that provided lower emissions, better fuel economy, and even greater capabilities. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine was introduced to the Ford F-150 pickup truck in 2011 offering an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque and it hasn’t left the F-150 lineup since. In fact, they are one of Ford’s best selling powertrains and are used in a number of other vehicle applications like the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer. They’ve also continued to improve the Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Performance Specs, Fuel Economy, and Tow Ratings since then.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Specs
3.5L EcoBoost Engine. Picture Taken from the Ford Media Website.

Since the 3.5L EcoBoost’s introduction into the Ford F-150 pickup truck, it has been modified to provide higher performance figures, and today, there is even a Hybrid variation of this engine, coined the 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid V6 Engine. There are also “High-Output” 3.5L EcoBoost engines that are used in 2019 F-150 Limited models and the Ford Raptor. In this post, we’ll cover the various variations of the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine, along with this engine’s design characteristics, performance specs, and even fuel economy too.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance

In a time when Big V-8 Engines were all the rage, the V6 EcoBoost Engine rattled the pickup truck industry. 2011 Ford F-150 pickup trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine provided the best tow capacity, payload, and second highest torque amongst F-150 Powertrains. They actually provided better than tow capacity than every V-8 Half-ton pickup out there as well! In our next sections, we’ll go over how the EcoBoost engine was able to accomplish these feats.

2020 Ford Raptor 3.5L EcoBoost
Ford Raptor with the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Engine. Picture taken from Ford Media.

Engine Design And Characteristics

The 3.5L EcoBoost Engine utilizes a smaller V-6 configuration and a Dual Overhead Camshaft or DOHC design. Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing, otherwise known as Ti-VCT, allows greater control over the camshafts, resulting in improved fuel efficiency and power.

Other key contributors to the 3.5L EcoBoost’s performance include twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. This combination creates superior low-end torque that is maintained across a huge rpm range, similar to a Diesel engine. Peak torque is reached at 2,500 rpm, however, up to 90% of peak torque is available at only 1,700 rpm. This diesel-like performance also comes at a cheaper price, as 3.5L EcoBoost maintenance and operation is relatively inexpensive compared to diesel engines. This helps make the 3.5L EcoBoost the premier gasoline powertrain for towing. In fact, even today in 2022, the 3.5L EcoBoost engine continues to be the tow capacity leader amongst F-150 Powertrains.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Performance Specs

When the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost entered the F-150 lineup, it was originally mated to the 6-speed 6R80 automatic transmission. In 2017, it was paired with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, known as the 10R80. 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid engines, Ford’s latest hybrid variation of the 3.5L EcoBoost, utilizes the 10R80 with an additional 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electric motor integrated into the transmission.

10-Speed Automatic Ford F-150 Transmission

3.5l EcoBoost Engine Specs

Engine Years2011-2022
Generations
1st Generation
2nd Generation
PowerBoost Hybrid
See Below
2011-2016
2017-2022
2021+
ApplicationsFord F-150 & Ford Raptor
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio
2011-2016 Standard Output
2017-2022 Standard Output
2017-2022 High Output
See Below
10.0:1
10.5:1
10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
Valvetrain
2011-2016
2017+
See Below
Direct acting mechanical bucket
Roller Finger Follow
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel System
2011-2016
2017+
See Below
High Pressure Direct Fuel Injection
Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin turbocharged and intercooled. Electronic wastegates were added in 2017+ models
Horsepower (Standard Output)
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
365 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
375 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
Horsepower (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque
2011-2016
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
420 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
470 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
500 lb.-ft @ 3,100 rpm
Torque (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended Fuel
Standard Output Engines
High-Output Engines
See Below
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend XO-5W30-Q1SP
Recommended Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Generations

Generation 1 (2011-2016)

The first generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine was introduced in Ford F-150 trucks in 2011. It became an instant success due to its astounding performance and fuel economy. Despite being a smaller engine, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine outperformed most V-8 engines used in both the F-150 and competitors trucks in the same time period. It also really shined when towing, offering owners diesel-like performance. Two major contributors to the EcoBoost’s performance include a set of BorgWarner K03 turbochargers and direct fuel injection.

As with any initial powertrain offering, the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost had to have some kinks worked out. Despite this, they’re still favorable powertrains amongst Ford F-150 owners. Visit our 3.5L EcoBoost Problems post for the most common issues found on these trucks.

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

Other key features of the first generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines include:

  • Cast Exhaust Manifolds for maximum durability
  • Paired with the 6-Speed 6R80 Automatic Transmission
  • DAMB (Direct-Acting Mechanical Bucket valve train with polished buckets
  • High-Pressure direct fuel injection fed by a common rail
  • Pistons with optimized bowls to improve efficiency during combustion
  • Twin-independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT)
  • Improved manifold & Cylinder Heads

1st Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Performance Attributes

Years2011-2016
Transmission6R80 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower365 Horsepower @ 5,000 Rpm
Torque420 lb.-ft @ 2,500 Rpm
Max Tow Capacity
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
See Below
11,300 lbs
11,300 lbs
11,300 lbs
11,300 lbs
12,200 lbs
12,200 lbs
Max Payload
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
See Below
3,060 lbs
3,100 lbs
3,100 lbs
3,100 lbs
3,270 lbs
3,240 lbs
Fuel Economy (City, Highway, Combined)
2011-2014
2015-2016
See Below
16 Mpg, 22 Mpg, 18 Mpg
17 Mpg, 24 Mpg, 20 Mpg
1st Generation Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine

Generation 2 (2017-2021)

The second generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine was introduced in 2017. In addition to a revamped motor, these trucks also gained a new 10-speed automatic transmission, known as the 10R80. 2017 Ford F-150 with the second generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine gained 10 more horsepower and 50 lb.-ft more torque than 2016 First generation engines. Fuel economy also improved 1 MPG on 4×2 models, and 2 MPG on 4×4 Models.

2nd Generation Ford Raptor with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
2nd Generation 2020 Ford Raptor equipped with the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. Photo taken from Ford Media.

While the numbers show the improved performance, 2017 EcoBoost owners also received other benefits that are not quite as obvious on paper. Acceleration, Reliability, and overall driving experience were all improved. The second generation also has better low-end and peak performance, resulting in better towing performance.

Key 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Changes

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Infographic
Infographic taken from the Ford Media Website.
Twin-Port and Direct Injection Fuel System

An important contributor to better performance and reliability on the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine is a re-designed fuel system. A new twin-port and direct injection fuel system was introduced. In this type of fuel system, two injectors are used per cylinder. One injector Is located on the intake port where air is introduced to the cylinder, and the other is positioned within the cylinder. These two injectors work together and ultimately result in greater efficiency, lower emissions, and more power. It also aids in reliability by reducing carbon build-up.

Updated Twin-Turbocharger System

Another significant contributor to the second generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engines updated performance specs include a new BorgWarner turbocharger system. The updated design provides greater boost. In addition, a new, lighter turbine wheel is used that is made of high-temperature, super ally Mar-M-247. This turbine wheel upgrade increased responsiveness. An electronic waste gate was also added to the new turbocharger setup.

Weight Reduction & Durability Improvements

Ford’s newer aluminum body panels aren’t the only way they tried to reduce weight to improve performance. The 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine features a variety of lighter, but more durable components. Hollow camshafts are used in the newly designed roller-finger valvetrain that remove as much as four pounds of weight. The Valvetrain was also updated with the addition of more durable intake and exhaust valves. Hydraulic valve-lash adjusters were also introduced that optimize engine durability throughout the trucks lifetime.

The 3.5L EcoBoost’s lower end was also improved. An upgraded crankshaft, bearing system, and more stout connecting rod undercuts provide greater durability to support all that new power. A Dual-Chain cam drive was also added providing greater simplicity and simultaneously reducing NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) of the engine.

Auto Start-Stop

2nd Generation Versions of this engine also benefit from lower CO2 emissions and sometimes better fuel economy thanks to a new Auto Start-Stop standard feature. Idle times are decreased because the engine is shut off when the vehicle is at a stop during normal driving operation. This feature is disabled when towing or in 4WD.

New High-Output Engine

In addition to the introduction of the new 3.5L Ecoboost engine in 2017, Ford also unveiled the 2017 Ford Raptor. It boasted significantly better performance characteristics including more horsepower/torque and fuel economy. This was in large part to a modified 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost that was coined the “high-output” model. 2017+ Ford Raptors come standard with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost High-Output engine that produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque.

Later, 2019 Ford F-150 Limited models were also given the high-output 3.5L Ecoboost engine providing greater performance specs for luxury truck customers.

2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Performance Attributes

Years2017+
Transmission10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower
Standard Output 2017-2020
Standard Output 2021-2022
High Output (2017 + Raptor & 2019-2020 Limited)
See Below
375 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque
Standard Output 2017-2020
Standard Output 2021-2022
High Output (Raptor + 2019-2020 Limited)
See Below
470 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
500 lb.-ft @ 3,100 rpm
510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Max Tow Capacity (Standard F-150s only)
2017
2018
2019
2019 High-Output (Limited Models)
2020
2020 High-Output (Limited Models)
2021
2022
See Below
12,200 lbs
13,200 lbs
13,200 lbs
11,100 lbs
13,200 lbs
11,100 lbs
14,000 lbs
14,000 lbs
Max Payload (Standard F-150s only)
2017
2018
2019
2019 High-Output (Limited Models)
2020
2020 High-Output (Limited Models)
2021
2022
See Below
3,220 lbs
3,230 lbs
3,230 lbs
1,520 lbs
3,230 lbs
1,520 lbs
3,250 lbs
3,250 lbs
Fuel Economy (City, Highway, Combined)
2017-2019
2020
2021-2022
See Below
18 Mpg, 25 Mpg, 21 Mpg
17 Mpg, 23 Mpg, 19 Mpg
18 Mpg, 24 Mpg, 20 Mpg
** FOR FORD RAPTOR Towing and fuel economy specs, visit our Ford Raptor Guide.

3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid (A Hybrid 3.5L EcoBoost Engine)

In 2021, Ford released the 2021 Ford F-150 equipped with a new 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid Engine. Essentially, it is a 3.5L EcoBoost engine with an added 35-kilowatt, or 47 horsepower, electric motor integrated into a 10-speed transmission. This engine produces a whopping 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft of torque. This is the highest torque offered in an F-150 yet, and it translates into more pulling power. 2021 Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L PowerBoost engine can tow up to 12,700 pounds when equipped with the max trailering package. Fuel Economy is also very impressive, offering almost similar fuel economy to the 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine available in the 2021 Ford F-150 too.

Graphic taken from the Ford Media Website.

3.5L PowerBoost Specs

Years2021+
Transmission10-Speed Modular Hybrid Transmission
Horsepower430 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
Torque570 lb.-ft @ 3,000 Rpm
Max Tow Capacity
2021
2022
See Below
12,700 lbs
12,700 lbs
Max Payload
2021
2022
See Below
2,120 lbs
2,120 lbs
Fuel Economy (City, Highway, Combined) *
2021
2022
See Below
25 Mpg, 26 Mpg, 25 Mpg
25 Mpg, 25 Mpg, 25 Mpg
* BEST FUEL ECONOMY ACROSS MODELS, DRIVETRAIN AVAILABLE FOR THE YEAR. FOR MORE ACCURATE AND SPECIFIC FUEL ECONOMY ESTIMATES VISIT FUELECONOMY.GOV OR VIEW OUR TRUCK FUEL ECONOMY GUIDES.


3.5L PowerBoost Emblem on 2021 Ford F-150 Driver's Side Door Panel
2021 Ford F-150 Door Panel with the PowerBoost Emblem. Photo Taken From Ford Media Website.

Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Major Model Year Milestones

2011

Ford F-150 is introduced with the 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine offering impressive performance specs, fuel economy, and tow ratings.

2015 Ford F-150 Frame and Body

2015

In 2015, Ford F-150 trucks received a new body-style made from high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy to reduce weight. These trucks also contain an improve fully boxed ladder frame that uses more high-strength steel than previously. All together up to 700 lbs of weight was removed, giving the 2015 Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine greater towing and payload specs, while simultaneously helping acceleration, fuel economy, and stopping times.

2017 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine towing a boat and trailer

2017

In 2017, the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 turbocharged engine is introduced in Ford F-150 trucks. Power numbers increased substantially to 375 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft of torque. The 2nd Gen engine features a revised turbocharger design with electronic waste gates, a new fuel system, and other durability improvements. A high-output version of the 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine becomes available on the new 2nd generation 2017 Ford Raptor. A new 10-Speed Automatic Transmission is also added.

2018 3.5L EcoBoost-powered Ford F150

2018

In 2018, Ford F-150 trucks with the 3.5L EcoBoost receive a big bump in towing capacity. 2018 Models can tow 1,000 lbs more than the previous 2017 model. 2018 models also received a freshened interior and exterior.

2019 Ford F-150 with the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

2019

2019 Ford F-150s in the Limited trim package now come with the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine that boasts an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Ford F-150

2021

2021 marked some major changes for the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. The standard 3.5L EcoBoost engine now produces 400 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.5L PowerBoost engine is also introduced, which is a hybrid variant of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, offering impressive fuel economy and an array of capabilities never before seen on a Ford F-150. The 2021 Ford F-150 also had a significant body-style change this year.

3.5L EcoBoost Specs FAQs

Does the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine use twin turbochargers?

Yes, the 3.5L EcoBoost utilizes a twin turbocharger design which is a major factor in these engines diesel-like performance characteristics.

How much horsepower does a 3.5L EcoBoost have?

Horsepower on a Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost varies across model years.
2011-2016 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine produce 365 horsepower. 2017-2020 F-150s featuring the second generation standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engines produce 375 horsepower. 2017-2021 Ford F-150s equipped with the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost Engines provide 450 horsepower. Finally, 2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine produce 400 horsepower.

How much torque does a 3.5L EcoBoost Have?

Torque on a Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost varies across model years.
2011-2016 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine produce 420 lb.-ft of torque. 2017-2020 F-150s featuring the second generation standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engines produce 470 lb.-ft. 2017-2021 Ford F-150s equipped with the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost Engines produce 510 lb.-ft of torque. Finally, 2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine produce 500 lb.-ft of torque.

How do you make a Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Faster?

There are a number of Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades that allow you to increase horsepower, torque, fuel economy, and even speed. The most common Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost performance upgrade to increase speed and performance is tuning.

How much can a 3.5L EcoBoost-Equipped Ford F-150 Tow?

Early Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine could tow 11,300 pounds. Today, in 2022, Ford F-150 trucks equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost and Max Tow package can tow up to 14,000 pounds.

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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
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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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