2015 Ford F-150: Time for Another DIY Oil Change Already?
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on March 9, 2016
Yes, it's that time again. The oil change reminder flicked on while I was driving our 2015 Ford F-150 and a quick check of the Engine Information screen showed the oil life down to five percent. I was near an auto parts store and a Ford dealership, so I bought the oil at one and a filter at the other and got to work.
I didn't have to do this myself, but I was gun-shy after I did oil change number two myself and discovered that the dealer technician had mistakenly added 10 quarts of oil during oil change number one.
Besides, Josh had taken it in for turbo feed line oil leak some weeks back. That dealer technician topped up the oil after he completed the fix. But did he overfill it like the first guy had?
Nope. Everything was A-OK on that front. Six quarts came out like they should.
But the process was still a chocolate mess. Even knowing what might happen, there was no way to get the funky drain plug out gracefully enough to avoid getting my hand soaked by the deluge of oil that came out of the massive opening.
And yes, the thick stream did once again strike the stabilizer bar on the way out and ricochet everywhere. The fact that there were 10 quarts last time and six quarts this time made little difference. You're looking at the photograph I took last time, but the scene was exactly the same, so I recycled it.
As before, the topside cartridge filter was easy to work with and change, but the cover beneath the oil pan was still frustrating to remove and install. There are only four bolts, but they must all come out and the cheesy clip-style retaining nuts Ford decided to use are a pain to line up and move all over the place in a way that utterly confounds a ratchet. It's a two-handed job, but it shouldn't be.
Time: 39 minutes including tool time, clean-up and meter resetting
Filter cost: $11.98
Oil cost: $44.58 for 6 quarts of the required synthetic blend 5w-30 oil
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 31,844 miles