2011 Ford F150 Engine Oil Capacity

Regardless of trim, your 2011 Ford F150 has a 7.0-quart oil capacity. Read on to learn what type of oil to use and more.
Written by Sarah Gray
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
Between the ten trims, four powertrains, three body styles, and three cargo bed options available on the 2011 F150, buyers have almost endless configurations to choose from. Depending on your F150’s configuration, it could require anywhere from 6.0 to 7.7 quarts of synthetic blend engine oil.
  • 2011 Ford F150’s require 6.0 to 7.7 quarts of oil depending on engine size.
  • Ford
    recommends API-certified synthetic blend engine oil for the 2011 F150.
  • You can save money by changing the oil in your 2011 Ford F150 at home.

2011 Ford F150 engine oil capacity

The 2011 Ford F150 is available in a variety of trims and configurations and with four powertrain options. Each F150 engine has its own unique oil capacity. Check out the table below to see how much oil your F150’s engine requires:
Oil Capacity
3.7-liter V6
6.0 quarts (5.7 liters)
5.0-liter V8
7.7 quarts (7.3 liters)
6.2-liter V8
7.0 quarts (6.6 liters)
3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
6.0 quarts (5.7 liters)
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What kind of oil does a 2011 Ford F150 need?

Now that you know how much oil to put in your F150, it’s important to be sure you’re also putting the right type of oil in your engine. What type of oil you use will depend on whether you have one of the three standard V6 or V8 engines, or the EcoBoost V6.
If you can’t find Motorcraft oils, you can substitute with any high-quality engine oil brand certified for gasoline engines by the American Petroleum Institute (API).
Whether you use Motorcraft or another brand of engine oil, Ford recommends against using supplemental engine oil additives, cleaners, or other engine treatments. Your F150’s engine was not built to require these and using them could actually lead to engine damage and costly
car repairs
that won’t be covered by your manufacturer’s warranty.

How often to change the oil on a 2011 Ford F150

Like the amount of oil you use and the type, how often you get an
oil change
also depends on the type of engine you have under your F150’s hood.
  • Standard V6 and V8 engines require an oil change at least once a year or every 10,000 miles. Your truck is equipped with a sensing system that will warn you whenever an oil change is required.
  • EcoBoost V8 F150s require oil changes every 6 months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first.
No matter what engine you have in your F150, you should
check your oil
levels at least once a month. When you do this, you’re not only checking to make sure your truck is maintaining proper oil levels, but you should also examine the oil itself for signs you may be due for a change.
Not sure how to check your engine’s oil? It’s easy—just follow these steps:
  • First, pull your truck onto level ground and ensure your engine is warm.
  • Pop the hood, and locate the dipstick—it’ll usually be yellow, and it has a little ring on the top, so you can pull it out easily. 
  • Unscrew and remove the dipstick.
  • Wipe the dipstick clean using a rag or paper towel.
  • Reinsert the dipstick, but don’t screw it in.
  • Pull the dipstick back out and check that your oil level is within the acceptable levels indicated on the dipstick.
Before you put your dipstick back and drive off, look at the quality of the oil itself to ensure you don’t see any indications that you need an oil change. If you notice any of the following while you’re driving, it’s probably time for an oil change:

How to change your oil and oil filter 

Ford oil change costs
are a fairly affordable aspect of your F150’s maintenance, you can make them even more affordable by performing them yourself.
Not sure how? No worries! We’ll walk you through it, step-by-step.
First things first—you will need are a few
essential car tools and supplies
  • 6 to 8 quarts of the oil recommended for your F150’s engine, and a replacement filter
  • A replacement washer for the oil drain bolt
  • A drain pan
  • A socket wrench
  • A filter wrench
  • A rag
With most vehicles, it’s helpful to put your car on jack stands, but the F150 has enough ground clearance to make this optional.
A step that’s not optional is ensuring your truck’s engine is warmed up. A cold engine means cool engine oil that won’t fully drain. This means you’ll still have old oil residue in your engine that could lead to sludge buildup, poor performance, and engine damage. That’s why you should start your truck and let it run for about five minutes before you start your oil change. If you’ve been out driving, pop the hood and let the car sit for 20-30 minutes so you don’t burn yourself.
Now that your truck’s engine is nice and warm, it’s time to get to work:
  • Make sure your engine is off and your truck is in park and sitting on a level surface.
  • Remove the oil fill cap. This will be near the dipstick, and it’ll be marked either with the words “engine oil” or a picture of an oil can, or both.
  • Get underneath the engine and place the drain pan on the ground under the oil drain bolt.
  • Here’s where you may get messy: use your socket wrench to remove the oil drain bolt and washer.
  • Use your filter wrench to remove the old oil filter, then sit back and wait until the oil is completely drained. Be patient with this one. Engine oil coats the inside of many of your engine components, so it can take a while for it to fully drain.
  • Install the new filter.
  • Replace the oil drain bolt using a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft.
  • Refill the engine with your new oil and replace the fill cap.
To finish up, go ahead and start your engine and let it run for about 30 seconds before checking your oil levels again. Top off if you need to, but, otherwise, you’re good to go!
There is one final step to the oil change process, though—disposing of your used oil. To dispose of used engine oil, pour it into a plastic or metal container with a tightly sealed lid and take it to a recycling center. If you’re not sure where to recycle your oil, you can search for locations to recycle used automotive fluids on
Earth 911
This might sound like a lot of effort just to get rid of some old oil, but disposing of it by pouring it on the ground or just throwing it away is extremely harmful to the environment—not to mention that it’s illegal in many states.
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