Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance Guide

Since it joined the Ford F-150 powertrain lineup in 2011, the 5.0L V8 “Coyote” engine has been a popular choice amongst potential F-150 buyers. Despite its natural aspiration, it is remarkably fuel efficient, especially in its latest iterations. When paired with the 2022 Ford F-150, an impressive fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway is achieved. The 5.0L V8 Engine’s natural aspiration also provides another advantage compared to engines like the 2.7L EcoBoost or the 3.5L EcoBoost turbocharged engines, which is simplicity. The lack of a turbocharger system and other sophisticated components make these engines likely cheaper to maintain in the long term and help prevent certain expensive repairs from ever happening. Furthermore, maintenance is also simpler and if you observe a strict Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance routine, you can almost ensure a long life out of your truck.

In this post, we’re going to concrete on giving you all the information you need to properly maintain a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 Engine. We’ll cover Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance & Service Schedules, provide Fluid Capacity numbers for the various fluids required, and even list the most common 5.0L V8 Maintenance Parts, Fluids, and the engine oil that you will need. Let’s Dive in.

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

How to Maintain a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 “Coyote” Engine

Servicing a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 Engine is something that can be at home by yourself, or you can take it somewhere else to have it serviced. You can take your F-150 to either a Ford Dealer or another Mechanic shop where they will do everything for you. If you choose this method, you can expect to spend a couple hundred dollars every time you take your vehicle in for service. We also recommend you pay attention and request only Motorcraft or Ford parts be used in your truck. Some shops will use cheap alternatives and different oils than what is recommended by Ford which can shorten the life of your vehicle.

If you have basic mechanical skills and tools, you should be able to complete a majority of the maintenance on your Ford F-150 by yourself. By doing so, you can save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars throughout the lifetime of your truck and you can also make sure your vehicle is using the right fluids, filters, and engine oil that will help provide the greatest longevity.

To service your Ford F-150 on your own, you just need to be aware of your vehicles service intervals, the vehicle’s fluid capacities, and what parts, fluids, and oil you’re going to need. We cover each of these, but we also recommend you procure an owner’s manual for your truck if you don’t already have one. All this information is also found in there.

Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance
Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Engine. Picture taken from Ford.com

Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance Intervals

The first step in understanding how to complete proper Ford F-150 5.0L V8 maintenance is knowing how frequently you need to service your truck. Different tasks need to be completed at different mileage intervals so you need to know where your truck is at in terms of mileage and adopt the following schedule. If you just purchased your truck, ask the dealer you bought it from if it was serviced and what exactly was done.

There are two separate sets of Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance Intervals that you can follow. Be brutally honest with yourself about how you use your vehicle. Most drivers should use the normal operating conditions set of maintenance intervals. If you put more than the average amount of stress on your truck however, you should be using the severe maintenance intervals.

Normal Operating Conditions

This set of operating conditions is for the average driver that mostly uses their truck for commuting. Some light towing or infrequent heavy towing is fine.

Maintenance TaskMilesKilometers
Change Engine Oil & Engine
Oil Filter*
7,500-10,000 miles*12,000-16,000 kilometers*
Replace Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kilometers
Install new climate-controlled
seal filter (if Equipped)
30,000 miles48,000 kilometers
Replace Engine Air Filter30,000 miles or as needed
Inspect Frequently
48,000 kilometers or as needed
Inspect Frequently
Replace Fuel Filter(s)30,000 miles48,000 kilometers
Change Spark Plugs
2011-2022
100,000 miles160,000 kilometers
Inspect Accessory Drive Belt(s)60,000 miles96,000 kilometers
Replace Accessory Drive Belt(s)
(Vehicles with Pickup Bed Power Outlet)
100,000 miles160,000 kilometers
Change Auto Transmission Fluid & Filter
6-Speed Auto Transmission (2011-2017)
10-Speed Auto Transmission (2018+)
See Below
150,000 miles
150,000 miles
See Below
240,000 kilometers
240,000 kilometers
Replace Front Axle Fluid**150,000 miles**240,000 kilometers**
Replace Rear Axle Fluid**
2011
2012+
See Below
100,000 miles
150,000 miles**
See Below
160,000 kilometers
240,000 kilometers**
Change Transfer Case Fluid150,000 miles240,000 kilometers
Replace Accessory Drive Belt(s)
(Vehicles without Pickup Bed Power Outlet)
150,000 miles240,000 kilometers
Initial Coolant Change
2011-2018
2019+
Varies by Model Year
100,000 miles or 6 years
200,000 miles
Varies by Model Year
160,000 kilometers or 6 Years
320,000 kilometers
Subsequent Coolant Flush Intervals
2011-2018
2019+
Varies by Model Year
50,000 miles or 3 years
100,000 miles or 5 years
Varies by Model Year
80,000 kilometers or 3 years
100,000 kilometers or 5 years
The Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 engine is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring System that will notify you when it is time to change the oil. ** Change Axle Fluid immediately if a leak is suspected or fully submerged. If the vehicle is used for off-roading consider more frequent service intervals.

Severe Operating Conditions

The severe operating conditions set of maintenance intervals is for fleet vehicles, commercial vehicles, or trucks that are used to tow frequently. If you go off-roading or if you idle extensively, you should also follow this set of service intervals.

Maintenance TaskMilesKilometers
Change Engine Oil & Engine
Oil Filter*
3,000-7,500 miles*5,000-12,000 kilometers*
Replace Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kilometers
Install new climate-controlled
seal filter (if Equipped)
30,000 miles48,000 kilometers
Replace Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kilometers
Replace Fuel Filter(s)30,000 miles48,000 kilometers
Change Spark Plugs
2011-2022
60,000 miles96,000 kilometers
Inspect Accessory Drive Belt(s)60,000 miles96,000 kilometers
Replace Accessory Drive Belt(s)
(Vehicles with Pickup Bed Power Outlet)
100,000 miles160,000 kilometers
Change Auto Transmission Fluid & Filter
6-Speed Auto Transmission (2011-2017)
10-Speed Auto Transmission (2018+)
See Below
150,000 miles
150,000 miles
See Below
240,000 kilometers
240,000 kilometers
Replace Front Axle Fluid**150,000 miles**240,000 kilometers**
Replace Rear Axle Fluid**
2011
2012+
See Below
100,000 miles
150,000 miles**
See Below
160,000 kilometers
240,000 kilometers**
Change Transfer Case Fluid60,000 miles96,000 kilometers
Replace Accessory Drive Belt(s)
(Vehicles without Pickup Bed Power Outlet)
150,000 miles240,000 kilometers
Initial Coolant Change
2011-2018
2019+
Varies by Model Year
100,000 miles or 6 years
200,000 miles
Varies by Model Year
160,000 kilometers or 6 Years
320,000 kilometers
Subsequent Coolant Flush Intervals
2011-2018
2019+
Varies by Model Year
50,000 miles or 3 years
100,000 miles or 5 years
Varies by Model Year
80,000 kilometers or 3 years
100,000 kilometers or 5 years
The Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 engine is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring System that will notify you when it is time to change the oil. ** Change Axle Fluid immediately if a leak is suspected or fully submerged. If the vehicle is used for off-roading consider more frequent service intervals.
Replace Brake FluidEvery 3 Years Regardless of Mileage

Multi-Point Inspection

In addition to completing the tasks listed in the intervals above, we also recommend taking the time to complete a multi-point inspection when you are performing any kind of service on your truck. While you probably can’t do 100% of the tasks listed below, you can definitely do most of them.

  • Inspect Accessory Drive Belts.
  • Test Battery Performance and inspect the batteries and terminals. Clean if needed.
  • Inspect the Engine Air Filter. Change it if needed.
  • Check the Exhaust System for leaks and obstructions.
  • Visually Inspect under the vehicle and in the engine bay for fluid/oil leaks.
  • Check Interior/Exterior Light Operation.
  • Check All Fluid Levels.
  • Ensure Proper Horn Operation.
  • Check All Hoses for signs of wear and tear.
  • Inspect Suspension and Steering Components for wear and tear.
  • Check all tires, including the spare, for wear and tear. Make sure they have the proper PSI.
  • Check the windshield for damage like cracks, chips, or pits.
  • Inspect the Windshield Wipers and Washer Spray Operation.

Other Required Maintenance

In addition to completing the maintenance listed in the charts above, Ford also recommends performing some basic tasks on a monthly basis as well as a semi-annual basis.

Monthly Maintenance Checklist

  • Engine Oil Level
  • Function of all Interior and Exterior Lights
  • Tires (Including Spare) : Check for Proper PSI and any signs of damage like nails, screws, or abnormal wear
  • windshield washer fluid
  • check underneath your vehicle for leaks and check the driveway at your home where you park for signs of a leak.

Semi-Annual Maintenance Checklist

  • Check Battery Connections and terminals. Clean if needed.
  • Inspect body and door drain holes for obstructions. Remove any obstructions found to be present.
  • Check Coolant Level and Coolant Strength.
  • Inspect door weatherstrips for wear. Lubricate if needed.
  • Inspect hinges, latches, and locks for proper function.
  • Engage and disengage the parking brake. Make sure it is operating properly.
  • Confirm proper operation of all seatbelts.
  • Check for DTC codes.
  • Inspect windshield washer system. Make sure your windshield wipers perform properly. Replace them if needed. Ensure proper washer spray operation.
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Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Fluid Capacity

Now that you know how often maintenance needs to be completed and specifically what tasks need to be done, the next step in 5.0L V8 Maintenance is knowing how much of each fluid this truck requires. This is important because without knowing, you’d be guessing at how much fluid or oil you need which could cause you to purchase either too little or too much. The following chart breaks down how much of each fluid these trucks require. Make sure you pay special attention when identifying the fluid needed for your truck because the 5.0L V8 engine has different fluid capacities for different model years.

Fluid/Oil TypeQuarts/PintsLiters/Kilograms
Engine Oil /w Filter
2011-2017
2018-2020
2021-2022
Varies by Model Year
7.7 Quarts
8.8 Quarts
7.75 Quarts
Varies by Model Year
7.3 Liters
8.3 Liters
7.33 Liters
Engine Coolant
2011-2014
2015-2017
2018-2020
2021-2022
See Below
17 Quarts
15.9 Quarts
13.9 Quarts
13.2 Quarts
See Below
16.1 Liters
15 Liters
13.2 Liters
12.5 Liters
Brake FluidFill as RequiredFill as Required
Front Axle Fluid (4WD Standard)
2011-2014
2015-2022
See Below
3.5 Pints/1.75 Quarts
3.5 Pints/1.8 Quarts
See Below
1.8 Liters
1.7 Liters
Front Axle Fluid Torsen
Limited Slip Axle 2021+
1.64 Quarts
* Requires the addition of 4.0
Fl. Oz of Additive Friction
Modifier XL-3 or equivalent.
Include the Additive Friction
Modifier in the total lube
volume of 1.64 Quarts
1.55 Liters
* Requires the addition of 118.5
ml of Additive Friction
Modifier XL-3 or equivalent.
Include the Additive Friction
Modifier in the total lube
volume of 1.64 Quarts
Additive Friction Modifier4.0 Fl. Oz118.5 ml
Rear Axle Fluid
2011-2020
5.5 Pints/2.7 Quarts2.6 Liters
Rear Axle Fluid 2021+
8.8″ Axle
9.75″ Axle
See Below
2.0-2.1 Quarts
2.2-2.3 Quarts
See Below
1.9-2.0 Liters
2.1-2.2 Liters
6-Speed Automatic Transmission Fluid
(DRY FILL CAPACITY)*
2011-2017
13.1 Quarts12.4 Liters
10-Speed automatic transmission fluid
(DRY FILL CAPACITY)*
2018
2019-2020
2021+
Varies by Model Year
See Below
13.1 Quarts
13.2 Quarts
No OEM Fluid Capacities listed
Varies by Model Year
See Below
12.4 Liters
12.5 Liters
No OEM Fluid Capacities listed
Transfer Case Fluid
(2011 Trucks)
1.6 Quarts1.5 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid 4WD
(Electronic Shift On The Fly)
2012-2022
1.5 Quarts
1.4 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid Auto 4WD
(Torque On Demand)
2012-2022
1.5 Quarts
1.4 Liters
Transfer Case Fluid 2-Speed Auto 4WD
2021-2022
1.9 Quarts1.8 Liters

Fuel Tank Capacity

Model YearCab SizeFuel Tank Capacity in Gallons/Liters
2011All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2012All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2013All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2014All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2015All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2016All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2017All Cab Types
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2018Regular/Super Cab
Supercrew Cab
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2019Regular/Super Cab
Supercrew Cab
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2020Regular/Super Cab
Supercrew Cab
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2021Regular/Super Cab
Supercrew Cab
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2022Regular/Super Cab
Supercrew Cab
Optional Upgrade
23 Gallons/87.1 Liters
26 Gallons/98.4 Liters
36 Gallons/136.3 Liters
2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150. Picture Taken from Ford Media Website

Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance Parts: Fluids, Oil, & Filters

The last step in Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance is identifying the different parts you’re going to need. In this chart, we’ve listed out the most common 5.0L V8 Maintenance parts including engine oil, filters, and fluids. If you are going to proceed with doing maintenance on your own, we’ve also included part numbers with affiliate links to buy these parts directly. If you purchase any of the products through our links we receive a commission which helps support us at TruckInsiders.com and allows us to write more content.

PartsPart #
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S
Engine Oil
2011-2020
2021-2022
Varies By Model Year
Motorcraft SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend XO-5W20-QSP
Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Premium Synthetic Blend XO-5W30-QSP
Climate Control
Seat Filter
(2012-2014)
Motorcraft FS-106
Cabin Air FilterMotorcraft FP-92
Engine Air Filter:Motorcraft FA-1883
Engine Coolant
2011-2018
2019+
See Below
Motorcraft Orange Antifreeze/Coolant Prediluted VC-3DIL-B
Motorcraft Yellow Prediluted AntiFreeze VC-13DL-G
Ignition Coil
2011 – Early 2016
Late 2016-2017
2018-2020
2021-2022
Varies by Model Year
Motorcraft DG-542
Motorcraft DG-561
Motorcraft DG-565 (all cylinders except 3)/ Motorcraft DG-566 (cylinder 3)
Motorcraft  DG586
Spark Plugs
2011-2017
2018-2020
2020-2022
Varies by Model Year
Motorcraft SP-519/SP-548
Motorcraft SP-551
Motorcraft SP-588
Serpentine Belt
(MAIN ACC DRIVE)
2011-2014
2015-2022
Varies By Model Year
See Below
Motorcraft JK6645
Motorcraft JK6648
Serpentine Belt
(AC DRIVE)
2011-2013
2014-2017
Varies by Model Year
See Below
Motorcraft JK6541
Motorcraft JK4540
Serpentine Belt
(Accessory)
2018-2022
Motorcraft JK4533
Serpentine Belt
(Power Inverter #2)
2021-2022
Motorcraft JK6544A
Auto Belt Tensioner
(Main ACC Drive)
2011-2022
Motorcraft BT103
Auto Belt Tensioner (AC)
2011-2013
2014-2022
See Below
Motorcraft BT111
Motorcraft BT127
Auto Belt Tensioner
(Power Inverter #2)
2021-2022
Motorcraft BT170
Windshield Wiper Blades
2011-2014
2015-2017
2018-2019
2020-2021
2022
Varies By Model Year
Motorcraft WW-2201-PF
Motorcraft WW-2242
Motorcraft WW-2247
Motorcraft WW-2248
Motorcraft WW-2208
Windshield Washer FluidMotorcraft Windshield Wash
Concentrate ZC-32-B2
Rain-X Windshield Washer Fluid
Transmission Pump
Inlet Filter
Motorcraft FT138
Auto Transmission Fluid
2011-2017(6-Speed)
2018-2022 (10-Speed)
See Below
Motorcraft MERCON LV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-10-QLVC
Motorcraft Mercon ULV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-12-QULV
Transfer Case Fluid (ESOF)
2011-2016
2017-2022
Varies By Model Year
See Below
Motorcraft Transfer Case Fluid XL-12
Motorcraft MERCON LV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-10-QLVC
Transfer Case Fluid
2-Speed Auto 4WD
2021-2022
Motorcraft MERCON LV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-10-QLVC
Transfer Case Fluid
(Torque on Demand)
2011-2022
Motorcraft MERCON LV Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-10-QLVC
Front Axle Fluid (STD)
2011-2016
2017-2022
See Below
Motorcraft SAE 80W-90 Premium Rear Axle Lubricant XY-80W90-QL
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid Gear Lubricant XY-75W85-QL
Front Axle Fluid
Limited Slip Torsen Axle
2021+
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid Gear Lubricant
XY-75W85-QL
Additive Friction
Modifier
Motorcraft XL-3
Rear Axle Fluid
2011-2014
2015-2022
Varies by Model Year
Motorcraft SAE 75W-140 Rear Synthetic Axle Lubricant XY-75W140-QL
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid Gear Lubricant
XY-75W85-QL
Rear Axle Fluid (2021+)
8.8″ Axle
9.75″ Axle
Motorcraft SAE 75W-85 Premium Synthetic Hypoid Gear Lubricant
XY-75W85-QL
Brake Fluid (ALL YEARS)Motorcraft DOT 4 LV High
Performance Brake Fluid PM-20

Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Maintenance FAQs

How Much oil does a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 Engine take?

The oil capacity for Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 Engine vary according to model year.
2011-2017 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 engine take 7.7 Quarts (7.3 Liters).
2018-2020 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 engine take 8.8 Quarts (8.3 Liters).
2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 engine take 7.75 Quarts (7.33 Liters).

What kind of oil does the Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 Engine take?

2011-2020 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 Engine use Motorcraft SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend Engine Oil (XO-5W20-QSP). 2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V8 engine use Motorcraft SAE 5W-30 Premium Synthetic Blend (XO-5W30-QSP).

How often do you need to change the engine oil and filter on a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8 Engine?

Under normal operating conditions, these vehicles should be serviced with new engine oil and a new engine oil filter every 7,500-10,000 miles. Under severe operating conditions, they need to be serviced more frequently at intervals of 3,000 miles to 7,500 miles dependent on use.

What engine oil filter does the 5.0L V8 Ford F-150 require?

Motorcraft FL-500S

Learn More About the 5.0L V8 Engine

Check out some of our other posts about the Ford F-150’s 5.0L V8 Engine By clicking on some of the links below.

  • Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Engine Specs & Performance
  • Best Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Performance Upgrades
  • Common Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Problems & How to Fix Them
2021 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-150. Picture taken from Ford Media.

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