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

The Ford 6.7L Powerstroke is an absolute beast of a truck and was a long-awaited addition to Ford’s line of an impressive yet lacking lineup of Powerstrokes.

Problems with the 6.0 and 6.4L led Ford to cutting ties with International Navistar and biting the bullet and building their own Powerstroke diesel engine, much to the relief of Ford truck owners.

The 6.7L Powerstroke or then nicknamed ‘the Scorpion’ first came around in 2011 and at the time produced 390 horsepower and 735lb-ft of torque which only lasted a short while until Ford updated the engine and brought the 6.7L to 400 horsepower and 800lb-ft of torque. 

The new 6.7L completely outshines its predecessors 6.0L and 6.4L when it comes to reliability and you won’t have to go to extreme lengths to look after the truck. However, with great power comes great responsibility and you’ll need to properly maintain your 6.7L Powerstroke to keep it running smoothly without any problems.

Following the 6.7L Powerstroke maintenance schedule recommended by Ford will avoid you from encountering any ‘bumps in the road’.It’s more than just directly following the maintenance guide however, you’ll need to make sure you’re using quality materials that align or surpass the OEM specs. 

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If specifications and the technicalities aren’t your expertise, then don’t worry, this 2011-2016 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke Maintenance Guide will help you find out what you need to do, how to do it, and when you should be doing so. Easy as pie!

Choose a schedule that suits you

The manual for the 6.7L Powerstroke recommends two different maintenance schedules. Most owners will fit into either the regular or heavy-duty operating conditions. 7

If you’re someone who only uses their truck for running errands, general use, don’t use it for towing things and don’t idle it frequently, then you’ll want to follow the maintenance schedule below.

Regular Operating Conditions

Maintenance/Service
Miles
Replace Oil & Change Oil Filter
10,000 miles or as indicated by the instrument cluster message center
Change Fuel Filter
22,500 miles
Replace Air Engine Filter 
45,000 miles or as necessary (inspect at oil change intervals)
Replace Foam Air Inlet Filter
45,000 miles
Flush Engine Cooling System
Initial flush at 105,000 miles (6-years) then 45,000 miles (3-year subsequent service intervals) 
Replace Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter
150,000 miles
Replace Transfer Case Fluid
150,000 miles
Replace Front Differential Fluid 
150,000 miles (Change straight away is submerged in water)
Replace Rear Differential Fluid
100,000 miles then at 50,000-mile intervals
(Change straight away if submerged in water)

Heavy-duty Operating Conditions

If your truck gets some heavy-duty usage such as:

  • Extreme idling
  • Lots of short trips in which the engine can’t reach operating temperature
  • Driving on dusty roads
  • Driving on rough terrain or conditions that require you to use the 4x4 wheel drive
  • If you tow heavy loads frequently (very light loads are fine)

You’ll want to follow the maintenance schedule for the heavy-duty operating conditions below. 

Maintenance/Service
Miles
Change Oil & Change Oil Filter
2,500 - 7,500 miles or as instructed by the instrument cluster message center
Change Fuel Filter
15,000 miles, 6 months or 600 hours 
Replace Foam Air Inlet Filter
Every 45,000 miles or earlier if necessary 
Replace Air Filter
45,000 miles or earlier if necessary 
Flush Cooling System
Initial flush at 60,000 miles or 2,400 hours. Then  45,000 miles or every 3 years. 
Replace Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter
150,000 miles
Replace Transfer Case Fluid
60,000 miles
Replace Front Differential Fluid
50,000 miles (Change straight away if submerged in water)
Replace Rear Differential Fluid
50,000 miles (Change straight away is submerged in water) 

Maintenance Tasks To Complete at Every Service Interval

Regardless of how heavy-duty or not your use of your 6.7L Powerstroke is, you’ll need to make sure these tasks are carried out at every oil change or service interval at your car dealership or servicing dealership. You can do some of these tasks at home if you know what you’re looking for. 

  • Rotate and inspect your tires: Rotating the tires helps to extend the service life of them as it evenly balances the read wear, and helps prevent any noise or vibration.
  • Check your headlights, brake lights, parking lights, and turn signals: It’s hard to notice if your lights on your car are working or not when you’re positioned inside. You can stand outside your parked truck and test all the lights to see if they all work properly. 
  • Check all your fluid levels: Low levels of fluid can lead to engine problems or even failure if left unchecked. 
  • Check suspension and steering components: This will apply heavily to those who drive on rough terrain or who take speed bumps quickly. Damage to your suspension can cause you to lose total control of your car. 
  • Check the battery: If you live in an area that experiences some extreme hot or cold climates, then this can have a serious impact on your car battery.
  • Check your brake pads, rotors, drums, brake linings, hoses, and parking brake: Work down brake pads can severely decrease stopping power which could end up in you having a car accident. 
  • Inspect and lubricate steering linkage, joints, suspension, etc…: Improper lubrication for these parts will cause friction and the parts will wear away. Then your wheels will not respond properly.
  • Refill the diesel exhaust fluid tank: If your level of exhaust fluid gets too low, the speed of the vehicle will be limited.

Oil Change Intervals

If you’re worried about not knowing when to change your oil, then you don’t need to be. The 6.7L Powerstroke has an oil life monitor that lets you know when your filter and oil need changing. The display on your dashboard will read ‘Change oil’ when necessary and you’ll have to book your truck in for a service as soon as possible. This intelligent oil-life monitor will base your oil change intervals depending on how much use your truck gets. 

Below are some average change intervals based on low to heavy operating conditions of your 6.7L Ford Powerstroke.

Operating Conditions

Nature of use

Miles

Hours

Low

  • No or little loading or towing
  • Flat or average roads
  • Low amount of idling

7,500-10,000 miles

300-400 hours

Severe

  • Adequate to heavy load towing or loading
  • Off-road conditions
  • Operating in hot and cold temperatures
  • Extended idling

5,000-7,500 miles

200-300 hours

Extreme

  • Towing and loading the maximum amount
  • Excessive idling
  • Extreme climates

2,500-5000 miles

100-200 hours

If you’re still unsure about how often your oil changes should be, you can consult your owner’s manual to find the proper service intervals. If you do excessive amounts of off-road driving and you live in the desert, then more than likely you’ll be required to replace your air filter and perform maintenance checks and services more often.

If you’ve misplaced your physical copy of your owner’s manual, you can find a free online version here. Someone at your local Ford dealership or garage will be able to advise you on how frequently you should be serving and maintaining your car based upon where you live and how you use the truck.  

Maintenance parts and specs

If parts of your truck need replacing then you’ll need to make sure they align or exceed the OEM specifications set out by Ford. If you’re getting them changed in a specified Ford garage or dealership, more often than not they will use the right parts for the specifications of the truck.

However, if you’re just going to a general garage for your service or planning on doing it yourself, then you’ll want to make sure they/you use the adequate parts otherwise you’ll only end up replacing and fixing it again.

Here’s a chart below listing all the maintenance parts you’ll need for you 6.7L Ford Powerstroke. 

Part Type
No. Part & Link
Engine Oil for Formal Conditions (10W-30)

Engine Oil for Severe Conditions (5W-40)  

Engine Oil Filter
Fuel Filter Complete Kit
Foam-Pre Filter
Engine Air Filter

Coolant
Transmission Fluid
6R140 Transmission Filter
Transfer Case Fluid
  • Motorcraft XL-12 Transfer Case Fluid
Front Differential Fluid
Rear Differential Fluid
Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Depending on where you live and what climates your area experiences will also reflect in the oil viscosity you will need for your 6.7L Powerstroke. 

Oil Viscosity

Climate Conditions
Viscosity
Temperatures above 0 degrees
10W-30
Temperatures above 20 degrees
15W-40
Temperatures that are colder than - 20 degrees.
5W-40
Extremely cold climates
0W-40

Fluid/Oil Capacity Guide

Fluid/Oil
Capacity (Quarts)
Engine Oi /w Filter
13 quarts
Auto Transmission Fluid
16.7-17.4 quarts
Transfer Case
2 quarts
Coolant
29.4-30.3 quarts
Front Differential Fluid
3 quarts
Rear Differential Fluid
- Sterling 10.50” Axle
- Dana 80 Axle
- Dana S110/ S130

3.5 quarts
4.2 quarts
7 quarts
DEF Tank Capacity
- Pickups
- Chassis Cab

5 gallons (20 quarts)
6 gallons (24 quarts)
Fuel Tank Capacity
- Short Box
- Long Box
- Regular Cab Long Box
- Chassis Cab (Midship)
- Chassis Cab (Aft of Axle)
- Chassis Cab Dual Tanks

26 gallons (104 quarts)
37.5 gallons (150 quarts)
26 gallons (104 quarts)
28 gallons (112 quarts)
40 gallons (160 quarts)
68 gallons (272 quarts)

We hope this filled you in on how to maintain your beastly 6.7L Powerstroke and you’re now aware of your serving schedule based upon how you use the truck.