2011-2016 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke Maintenance Guide, Fluid Capacities, and Service Schedule

How to Maintain a 2011-2016 6.7L Powerstroke

2011-2016 6.7L Powerstroke Maintenance Schedule

The 6.7L Powerstroke was a blessing for Ford truck owners who needed a diesel engine. It’s far more reliable than both the 6.0L and 6.4L Powerstroke engines. It also doesn’t require an expensive “bulletproof” kit to make these trucks last a long time. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t maintain your 6.7L Powerstroke and follow a proper maintenance schedule though. By following the proper 6.7L Powerstroke maintenance schedule, you can get thousands of problem-free miles out of your truck. What is the correct 6.7L Maintenance schedule? It means following Ford’s recommended service schedule to the “T”. It’s more than just following the right schedule though, you need to use quality fluids, oil, and filters that meet or exceed OEM specifications. I’m going to make it easy for you in this post, this comprehensive 2011-2016 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke maintenance guide.

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Pick the Right Schedule

Ford Owner Manuals for the 6.7L Powerstroke actually list more than two recommended maintenance schedules. However, the vast majority of Powerstroke owners will fit into one of the two schedules I have listed in charts below. The proper 6.7L Powerstroke maintenance schedule for you is based off of how you operate your truck. If you “baby” your truck, don’t tow heavy loads or idle frequently, and live in a rural area, you are probably okay following the normal operating conditions maintenance schedule. On the reverse side, if you tow or idle frequently, use your truck for work, or drive in heavy traffic frequently, you’re going to want to use the severe maintenance schedule.

Maintenance tasks to complete every oil change

There are also 6.7L Powerstroke maintenance tasks that need to be done at every service intervals. Every time you change your oil or bring your 6.7 in to the dealership, make sure the tasks are completed.

Rotate and inspect your tiresinspect your air filter restriction gauge. Replace filter if necessaryCheck wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or dragInspect and lubricate steering linkage, ball joints, suspension, tie rod ends, driveshaft, front axle U-joints (4WD vehicles)Check automatic transmission fluid level Inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake linings, hoses and parking brake Inspect exhaust system and heat shieldsNormal Operating Conditions
Change Oil10,000 miles16,000 km
Change Oil Filter10,000 miles16,000 km
Change FuelFilter22,500 miles36,000 km
Replace Foam AirInlet FilterEvery 45,000 miles72,000 km
Replace AirFilter45,000 miles or earlierif needed.72,000 km
Flush Cooling SystemFirst Flush: 105,00 milesor 6 years. Then, 45,000 mile intervals or every 3 years.First Flush: 168,000 km or 6 years. Then, 72,000 km intervals or every 3 years.
Replace Transmission Fluid150,000 miles240,000 km
Change transmission filter150,000 miles240,000 km
Replace TransferCase Fluid150,000 miles240,000 km
Replace Rear Differential FluidFirst at 100,000 miles,then 50,000 mileintervalsChange immediatelyif submerged in waterFirst at 160,000 km,then 80,000 kmintervals
Replace Front Differential Fluid150,000 milesChange immediatelyif submerged in water240,000 km

Severe Operating Conditions
Change Oil2,500-7,500 miles (see Below)4,000-12,000 km(see Below)
Change Oil Filter7,500 miles12,000 km
Change FuelFilter15,000 miles, 6 months, or600 hours24,000 km, 6 monthsor 600 hours
Replace Foam AirInlet FilterEvery 45,000 milesor earlier if needed.72,000 km
Replace AirFilter45,000 miles or earlierif needed.72,000 km
Flush Cooling SystemFirst Flush: 60,000 milesor 2,400 hours. Then, 45,000 mile intervals or every 3 years.First Flush: 96,000 km or 2,400 hours. Then, 72,000 km intervals or every 3 years.
Replace Transmission Fluid150,000 miles240,000 km
Change transmission filter150,000 miles240,000 km
Replace TransferCase Fluid60,000 miles96,000 km
Replace Rear Differential Fluid50,000 milesChange immediatelyif submerged in water80,000 km
Replace Front Differential Fluid50,000 milesChange immediatelyif submerged in water80,000 km
Severe Oil Change Intervals

Your 6.7L Powerstroke is equipped with an intelligent oil life monitor that will let you know when you need to change your engine oil and filter. When your display reads “Oil Change Required”, service your truck as soon as possible. The intelligent oil life monitor adjusts the oil change intervals according to your truck’s use. Here are likely oil change intervals based on your truck’s use.

Operating ConditionsUseMiles & KMHours
Normal– No, or moderate, load/towing– Flat to moderately hilly roads– No extended idling7,500-10,000 miles12,000-16,000 km300-400
Severe– Moderate to heavy load/towing– Mountainous or off-road conditions– Extended idling– Extended hot or cold operation5,000-7,500 miles8,000-12,000 km200-299
Extreme– Max Load/Towing– Extreme Heat or Cold2,500-5,000 miles4,000-8,000 km100-199

If you use your truck for offroading, or if you live in extremely dusty conditions, consult your owner’s manual and diesel supplement for the proper service intervals. You will have to replace your air filter and perform other maintenance more often. You can get a free online version of your owner’s manual and diesel supplement by clicking here.

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2011-2016 6.7L Powerstroke Fluid, Oil, and Filter Specs

It’s absolutely vital to use parts and fluids that exceed or meet OEM specifications. You spent tens of thousands of dollars to get yourself a diesel truck, why would you cheap out on maintaining it? If you don’t use the right 6.7L Powerstroke engine oil, fluids, and filters when you perform maintenance, you can be walking down a dangerous road. Aftermarket filters don’t offer the same filtering qualities that a factory Motorcraft filter will. Aftermarket Fluids and engine oil often don’t meet Ford’s specifications either and could lack the lubricating properties needed to protect your engine.

There is a little wiggle room when it comes to engine oil, as there are some really good oils out there that might even outperform OEM Motorcraft diesel engine oil. Stick with Motorcraft parts for all filters and other fluids however. Here’s a chart displaying all the parts, filters, and fluids you need to properly maintain your 6.7L Powerstroke. Click on the part numbers below to buy the product from Amazon!

’11-’16 6.7 Powerstroke Maintenance Parts
Part TypePart #
Engine OilNormal Conditions (preferred): 10W-30– Motorcraft 10W-30 Diesel Engine OilShell Rotella T4 10W-30 Diesel Engine OilShell Rotella T5 10W-30 Diesel Engine OilSevere (Preferred): 5W-40– Motorcraft 5W-40 Diesel Engine OilShell Rotella T6 5W-40 Diesel Engine Oil
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-2051S
Fuel FilterComplete KitMotorcraft FD-4615
Foam Pre-FilterMotorcraft FA-1909
Engine Air FilterMotorcraft FA-1902
CoolantMotorcraft Orange Coolant VC-3DIL-B
Transmission FluidMotorcraft Mercon LV
6R140 Transmission FilterMotorcraft FT-187
Transfer Case FluidMotorcraft XL-12 Transfer Case Fluid
Front Differential FluidSAE 80W-90 Gear OilXY-80W90-QL
Rear Differential Fluid10.50″ AxleDana 80Dana S110/S130See BelowSAE 75W-140 Full synthetic Gear OilSAE 75W-90 Full Synthetic Gear OilSAE 75W-140 Full Synthetic Gear Oil
Diesel Exhaust FluidMotorcraft PM-27-GalMotorcraft PM-27-Jug

Engine Oil Viscosity & Selection Guide

The 6.7L Powerstroke engine is compatible with different oil viscosities to improve performance in certain conditions and climates.

Temp. above 0 degrees (preferred)10W-30
Temp. above 20 degrees15W-40
Temps greater than -20 Degrees. Preferred viscosity for trucks that need to follow a severe service schedule.5W-40
Use only in extremely cold climates0W-40

6.7L Powerstroke Fluid/Oil Capacity Guide

Oil/FluidCapacity – QuartsCapacity – Liters
Engine Oil /w Filter13 Quarts12.4 Liters
Auto Transmission Fluid16.7-17.4 Quarts15.8-16.6 Liters
Transfer Case2 Quarts1.9 Liters
Coolant29.4-30.3 Quarts27.8-28.7 Liters
Front Differential Fluid3 Quarts (5.8 pints) 2.8 Liters
Rear Differential FluidSterling 10.50″ AxleDana 80 AxleDana S110/S130See Below3.5 Quarts (6.9 pints)4.2 Quarts (8.5 pints) 7 Quarts (14 pints)See Below3.3 Liters4 Liters6.6 Liters
DEF Tank CapacityPickupsChassis Cab5 Gallons 6 Gallons18.9 Liters22.7 Liters
Fuel Tank CapacityShort Box Long box (except Regular cab)Regular Cab Long box(Midship) Chassis Cab(Aft of Axle)Chassis Cab Chassis Cab Dual TanksSee Below26 gallons37.5 gallons26 gallons28 Gallons40 Gallons68 GallonsSee Below98.4 Liters142 Liters98.4 Liters106 Liters151.4 Liters257.4 Liters

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