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How Often Should You Change Ford F-150 Oil and What's The Best Oil for F-150 Engine

How often do you guys change oil? asked one of the Ford F150 owner in F150 Ecoboost Owners Only Facebook group. Here is what many Ecoboost truck owners replied, sharing their experience. They also discuss the best oil type for their trucks engines.

Some F 150 Ecoboost owners say they change the truck's oil at 3500-4000 miles. Some others say they change it every 5000 miles. "5000 to keep up with tire rotation," wrote one owner named Hustings.

However, another owner, named Eddie said he changes his Ford F150's oil every 3000 to 4000 miles. "Never want to go more than that due to direct injection and the turbos putting extra stress on it," he added to his reply.

"I figured I am close to 5000 miles. I think the book says close to 10,000 miles, which is a little long for me," wrote a group member Matthew.

I tried to find the owner's manual on Ford's website to read about the Ford F 150 Ecoboost oil change interval. Here it is. Know when to change your engine oil. In general, Ford Motor Company recommends the following oil change schedule:

  • 2008 and newer model-year vehicles: every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first.
  • 2007 and older model-year vehicles: every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first.

"I don't do oil analysis," wrote Steven in the group. "Just change the oil all the time more often than you'd like. Its relatively cheap and oil analysis are not concrete. You can have factors like one time running hot or days of sitting that added excessive water into the oil. Doing oil analysis to save money is why I inframe so many company vehicles that try to outsmart oil change intervals. You have really small turbos that need very crucial viscosity and lubricity to stay alive. Dont be cheap," he suggested. He also wrote that oil change is a good thing to do. No doubt and you can catch failures before they happen, but using them to justify running longer intervals is just asking for expensive problems.

What Oil To Use for F 150 Ecoboost - The Best Oil Type According To F-150 Ecoboost Owners

"I change my F-150 Ecoboost's oil every 5000 miles," writes David in the group. He says he uses Mobil one Ext , OEM motorcraft filter.

Another Ecoboost owner Steven says he changes his truck's oil every 5,000 miles and uses synthetic oil. "Oil life is not a cool thing to play with when you have small turbos and tight tolerances," he adds. Eric, another group member, agrees, writing "I thought so too. I changed every 3k with Mobil 1 and then switched to Amsoil and the oil looks amazing at 6k and still has life left just don't want to push it."

How often do you change your truck's oil, at what intervals and what kind of oil do you use for your F-150?


Charles Poland (not verified)    May 3, 2017 - 1:32PM

I have a 2017 Expedition XL with oil analyses. When you reset it how does it know that Amsoil Signature Series 100% synthetic is being used. Oil change is to be 25,000 mile or 1 year witch ever comes first. At 5560 it is telling me that I have 18% oil life left. I have not found any ford dealer yet that can tell how to set the oil analyses as to witch oil is being used, motor craft synth. blend or 100% synth. Any help would be thankful.

Rich (not verified)    March 22, 2020 - 1:49PM

In reply to by Charles Poland (not verified)

The dash "Oil Life" display doesn't chemically analyze the oil !!!!!!!!!!!! It estimates stop and go plus highway driving and arrives at an arbitrary number. My monitor reads 51% at 5000 miles driven and that is when I change it.
Oil Life monitor is pure snake oil.

Esther (not verified)    November 29, 2017 - 12:12AM

My son has a 2017 F-150 Eco Boost 3.5 he's wanting to use synthetic oil my question is what weight should he use?

Jon (not verified)    August 17, 2018 - 11:50AM

In reply to by Esther (not verified)

Ford specifies 5W-30 @ 6 quarts in the 3.5 Ecoboost engine, and full synthetic oil is a must do for that engine. Conventional oils, even synthetic "blends" can bake out a turbo because they cannot handle the operating temperatures of turbos without breaking down and carbonizing those parts.

Occam (not verified)    February 14, 2018 - 6:01PM

I am a former Audi owner and when I first purchased my Audi Allroad I was shocked when I found out the oil service interval was every 10K miles. Well I ditched the Audi and purchased my 2013 150 Eco Boost and since buying the truck I have followed the same Audi guidelines with oil change intervals using full synthetic oil. Full synthetic oil performs and lasts much better than regular oil. I also use K&N oil and air filters to decrease waste.

To make a long story longer, full synthetic oil can go 10K miles before change and you won’t run a risk of harming the guts. Also, think of all the money you’ll save by decreasing oil change intervals only to blow on the lift kit and Wren you want to modify.

Jon (not verified)    August 9, 2018 - 12:38AM

I hear all kinds of stories about extended oil changes with the new synthetic oils, including the Ford owner manual, but they bear little credibility with no mention of changing the oil filter during those intervals. 10K miles with the same filter...I don't think so.

Jon (not verified)    August 17, 2018 - 11:41AM

A $60 oil change using synthetic oil at 3000 miles costs 2 cents a mile. That is pretty cheap insurance against a timing chain, cam phasers, or other engine damage, and that's about all I got to say about that!

DG (not verified)    February 20, 2021 - 11:09PM

In reply to by Jon (not verified)

Draining synthetic oil every 3000 miles on ANY engine is ridiculous and wasteful and just plain unnecessary. Any of the top synthetic oils can easily go 6000 - 7000 miles in the 2.7 EB, 5000 under heavy load. I thinks it's absurd to waste money, time and resources like this.

Joe (not verified)    January 19, 2019 - 5:38AM

I have a 2013 F150 eco-boost. For the first three years, I was very consistent with my oil changes, every 3k miles using the type of oil as stated in the owner's manual. And at every oil change, the dealer and another oil change place, would show me that my oil was coming out burnt. The dealer kept taking the truck for 2-3 days, and would have the engineer look at everything, but nothing stood out as to why I was burning oil. I did not tow a trailer, but I did have a full size bumper, that added an additional 200 lbs. to the front end. (But both places stated, that the bumper would not cause this.) After having my truck for 4 years, I ended up buying a new house, and moved to another town. I went to the oil change place, which happened to be down the highway, from the dealer in which I bought my truck. After they saw my burnt oil, and asked me the history of my oil changes and driving habits. They suggested that I first go to a synthetic blend, and then after that oil change, go to full synthetic. I also would only come in every 5k miles. So, I did exactly that, and I have no more burnt oil and my 5k oil changes. I even lost track of time, on my last oil change, and waited 6k miles. I was very concerned about how the oil would come out. And the oil change place, stated that the oil looked great at 6k miles. But suggested I don't make a habit out of it. As a foot note, I also have a catch can, that made a really big difference, on keeping the return air/fuel mixture cleaner when going back into the cylinder. It has a high and low side connectors, for idle running and highway driving.

Jon (not verified)    March 23, 2020 - 12:42PM

In reply to by Joe (not verified)

I have always used full synthetic (Mobil 1 or Castrol Edge) 10-30, added a catch can, set my "oil life" sensor to 40% (4000 miles). I figure a $40,000 truck is just not worth risking ridiculous extension of maintenance intervals.

JohnIL (not verified)    August 2, 2019 - 9:27AM

Lot of old timers in this forum who waste money on oil changes too frequently. I have run synthetic oil for years in our cars and always ran them to 10K or when oil monitor decides its time. Manufactures have spent a lot of hours testing engines to make sure you get the most out of oil without causing any damage. They obviously do not want to have owners have a bad experience. My Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost get's a oil change when the oil monitor get's under 5% left. I feel that probably around a 2000 mile cushion for the oil. Certainly if you don't use full synthetic your going to have to replace it more often but 3000 is certainly overkill with oil these days. Over the course of ownership that costs will add up and let's not forget every time you change your oil you will have a dry start up before oil pressure builds. It takes a moment before pump is primed and drawing oil into system. The 3000 mile oil change benefits the place changing your oil and nothing more. If your using synthetic a 7500 to 10 K interval is plenty and if your using a blend then 5000 miles is a good interval.

DG (not verified)    February 20, 2021 - 11:19PM

In reply to by JohnIL (not verified)

It's definitely not just old timers! A LOT of driveway mechanics (wrongly) believe they're smarter than the people who design these engines. It's absurd how frequent people do oil changes not to mention running the wrong oil weight, all because they think they know better. It's ridiculous and wasteful.
All you have to do is use any high quality full synthetic oil (I use Pennzoil Ultra) in the correct weight and change it every 5000-7500 miles, depending on your type of use. Easy peasy.

Jon (not verified)    August 2, 2019 - 12:08PM

The synthetic oil is not the problem to extended oil changes. The problem is the PCV system, especially on turbo engines, that gradually dilutes the oil, and over a long period of time adds a significant amount of contaminants, including gasoline, water, and just plain "gunk". I have installed a catch can on my F150, and with all of their good intentions, and depending on driving conditions, the crankcase oil will get diluted. Oh sure, a lot of it gets burned and evaporated, AND carbonized on the intake valves, but it is by percentage, not absolute. In the winter months, I have collected up to a liter of this "gunk" in my catch cans, and as I have mentioned, it is seasonal and climate sensitive. So to say that 10K miles is ok, you should mention variations in climate, weather, and other driving conditions,

alan waldbusser (not verified)    February 7, 2020 - 11:28PM

ihave a2014 f150, eco boostwith 38000 miles on it,equip with double valve catch can, been draining approx. 1oz of liquid gunk off in500 miles, use mobil 1 oilfilters
and 5W30 oil, oil change intervals at 5000 miles,nearly ready to change oil and filter
at 40,000 miles oil still looks like new, clear color I live in south west Missouri. no
abnormal engine noise extremely quiet. do not pull any loads with it,although more
power than ever will use.fuel use is 14.7 to 17mpg all just short trip. always use
tier one gasoline.

Jon (not verified)    February 8, 2020 - 2:43PM

I just changed the oil in my F150 3.5 EcoBoost, and also drained the catch cans, which I recycle in the used oil recycling where it was headed anyway. While pouring the catch can fluid into the funnel in which I just had poured the old oil, I couldn't help but see that it cut right through the oil film in the funnel, full Mobil 1 full synthetic. That is exactly what it does in your crank case as the blow by gradually accumulates. It cuts the film strength greatly, no matter how good the oil is. If I am going to spend $40 Grand on a truck that is known to have cam phasers and timing chain failures (which I am totally convinced are caused by extended mileage oil changes) I am going to go the extra distance with more frequent maintenance...but that's just me with a whole lot of observations. BTW...smell you 10K oil...that's not supposed to be the gas tank.

Greg (not verified)    December 4, 2020 - 9:05PM

In reply to by Jon (not verified)

2011 Ecoboost 3.5L 120,000
My engine just jumped timing and needed to replace the whole thing. $9800 I got my new remanufactured replacement today. Starting over, I’m contemplating between 3-5K intervals. Mechanic told me it could’ve been caused by extended oil changes, I drove it for four years judging by the “oil life” on my display. Wont follow that anymore.

richard slyford (not verified)    March 27, 2020 - 2:20PM

have a 2015 xtr,3.5 EB,7000 miles and am just now switching to synthetic 5w30 mobil 1 plus adding a JLT v 3.0 catch can for the passenger side,hope it works for the better,think i'll do oil changes between 5 and 7 thousand.

Jon (not verified)    January 31, 2021 - 4:19PM

I just received my oil catch can today I'm always going to switch mobile one synthetic oil. For my 2016 Ford F150 ecoboost.

ALAN WALDBUSSER (not verified)    February 23, 2021 - 3:40PM

I bought my ecoboost based on ford big lie to all of us about fuel economy.will never buy another ford product, trading my eco boost for a toyota highlander v-6 highbred
instead of a ford explorer. my needs of heavy pulling truck for my small ranch. ford should be sued for false advertising....never so discussed with an expensive product.
i should have kept my trade 2003 f-250 power stroke with 33,000 miles, pulled light travel trailers

Eighthof8 (not verified)    May 10, 2021 - 3:14AM

The problem with the 7500 - 10000 mile oil change recommended by the manufacturers is that they know the engine will last 36,000 miles before the warranty expires. Manufacturers make money selling vehicles. They hope when the warranty expires and the engine and\or trans is junk in who knows how long, you'll come back to them and buy another vehicle. Play it safe - change the oil every 4500 miles and play it dafe. I change the oil in our Edge no more than 4200 and I sleep well at night

Mike Geske (not verified)    May 18, 2021 - 8:06PM

That is an amazingly cynical theory. In reality, manufacturers want their engines and cars to last far more than 36,000 miles. They have no interest in having a reputation of building junk car. And it is proven. Cars today will last for unbelievable amount of miles before failure, unlike cars built in the 50s and 60. Even 70s and 80s. There has been constant improvement in materials, tolerances, and quality in every respect. They will not give an oil change recommendation that only guarantees an engine will make it beyond a warranty period.

ASE certified (not verified)    June 13, 2021 - 10:51AM

NEVER go past 5,000 miles PERIOD!

Oil is cheap engines are expensive!

EVERY oil burning issue and every turbo failure and engine bearing failure is due to dirty oil!

eighthof8 (not verified)    June 14, 2021 - 5:58PM

In reply to by ASE certified (not verified)

Totally agree with you. If you listen to fordtechmakuloco and other top mechanics on youtube, they all suggest changing the oil at no more than 5,000 miles. Some on this forum ask why waste money on changing oil so frequently? My response is: I can afford $40 for Amsoil OE and a new filter at 4,000, but I can't afford replacing an engine or a vehicle because I didn't change the oil enough. Good for you!

Mike geske (not verified)    June 14, 2021 - 11:24PM

So just how does your oil get so dirty? Ok, I change my oil at 5,000, but mostly out of an abundance of caution and history. I’m 71 and remember well when you changed oil at 2,500. I’m a retired farmer and have owned probably well over 100 engines of all types, from irrigation motors to tractors and other heavy equipment. Many trucks. Good quality oils have long lasting additives and v good filters. Unless you are doing a lot of off road or stop and go or long time periods between oil changes (slow mileage accumulation), I really believe the longer oil change intervals are safe. And so do manufacturers. Don’t denigrate them. They have created these long-life engines with high quality materials plus improved oils and additives. They know what they are talking about. If your oils are getting very dirty before 5,000 miles, you have a serious problem not related to oil change intervals or normal use.

jlucas45 (not verified)    June 15, 2021 - 11:02AM

In reply to by Mike geske (not verified)

The new turbo-boost engines generate more blow by as they run at approximately 50% higher intake pressure. The "dirty" aspect of the oil is more the "dilution" of the oil with water, gasoline, and oil accumulating in the crank case. The effect of these contaminants cuts the viscosity and protective film of the oil, and thereby shortens it's potential life, compared to a normally aspirated engine that runs 6 to 8 pounds lower..The engines, though well made, do have many vulnerable parts, such as the cam phasers and turbos, which are highly vulnerable to contaminated oil and are the focal point where most of those engine's failures.

eighthof8 (not verified)    June 15, 2021 - 5:59PM

In reply to by Mike geske (not verified)

My point is not to argue with anyone that doesn't change their oil as often as I do, but to explain why I choose 4,000. Take the disastrous 3 valve Ford engine as a prime example of skipping oil changes. Many that have experience with the 3 valve say it'll go hundreds of thousands of miles, if, the oil is changed at no more than 5,000. New vehicles these days have small orifices and channels running throughout the engine for VVT. If these channels get plugged up by a little gunk, you can kiss your wallet goodbye by repair costs that could have been avoided by shorter oil drain intervals.

Brian Finn (not verified)    October 29, 2021 - 12:43AM

7500 miles. If the 5w30 blend is cheaper it’ll get what came from the factory. Sometimes the full synthetic is cheaper….so it’ll be full synthetic. Honestly only vehicle I ever owned that did 10k and never made me nervous was my 5.7 Tundra. Doing a 5k oil change interval for me is every 2.5 months. 2.7 don’t have the same issues as the 3.5. Plan on changing it at 30% life and you’ll be fine.