Tech Spec: 2015 Ford F-150

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The roads are seeing a new Ford F-150 in 2015, and as a result you will be, too.

The iconic truck has a whole new look, new engine choices and weighs less.

The 2015 F-150 is offered in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages are available with XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with XL, XLT and Lariat.

The 2015 F-150 includes a choice of four engines: A 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with standard auto start-stop, 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V8 has 420 pound-feet of torque and 365 horsepower. It has a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds and a maximum payload rating of 3,180 pounds. The 5.0-liter V8 has twin independent variable camshaft timing, improved power and efficiency and delivers 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. A new long-runner intake manifold, revised intake cam duration and new pulse-separated exhaust manifold help raise the engine’s towing capacity by 1,100 pounds, for a maximum of 11,100 pounds, and a payload rating of 3,300 pounds. The fourth engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. It has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds.

The FX4 off-road package, including added trail capability, electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks, can be added to most four-wheel-drive models.

The new F-150 frame is made of 77 percent high-strength steel — 54 percent more than previous models. That, in combination with a high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy body, has allowed Ford to cut the 2015 F-150’s weight by up to 700 pounds, resulting in increased towing, hauling and efficiency.

The Ford F-150 is available with Ford Auto Start-Stop technology that shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

Additionally, the 2015 F-150 includes 11 available class-exclusives including a 360-degree camera view that uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate narrow roads and trails. An integrated loading ramp enables easy loading, while BoxLink combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box. See the road ahead with LED headlamps and taillamps. Check out what’s behind with trailer hitch assist’s new rearview camera feature with added line based capabilities to help drivers line up their truck and trailer — no spotter needed. Smart trailer tow module uses an all-new wiring harness to help identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps and brake light and trailer battery faults. Remote tailgate allows for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the keyfob. Four hundred-watt, 110-volt power outlets in the cab allow easy charging on the go. LED spotlights on the side view mirrors provide light around the vehicle and a hidden tailgate step makes accessibility to the bed easy and discrete.

Inside, the truck is outfitted with an 8-inch LCD screen with tabbed navigation pages that help track anything from fuel economy to towing tips. It also includes rear under-seat storage in F-150 Super and Crew cabs.

Keeping passengers safe are available second-row inflatable safety belts, Curve Control for more aggressive four-wheel braking around a corner, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping systems to prevent drifting into other lanes and a Blind Spot Information System.

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $25,800. A top-of-the-line F-150 Platinum with 20-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels, a Platinum entertainment system, 5.0-liter V8 engine and electronic automatic six-speed transmission will cost around $51,000.

Servicing the 2015 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor system, which displays a message in the information display at the proper oil change interval. This interval may be up to one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 km).

When Engine Oil Change Due or Oil Change Required appears in the information display, it is time for an oil change. The oil change should be performed within two weeks or 500 miles (800 km) of the message appearing. The Intelligent Oil Life Monitor should be reset after each oil change.

If the information display resets prematurely or becomes inoperative, the oil should be changed every six months or 5,000 miles (8,000 km). Never exceed one year or 10,000 miles between oil change intervals.

NORMAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

At every oil change interval as indicated by the information display:

• Change engine oil and filter

• Rotate tires

• Perform a multi-point inspection

• Inspect the automatic transmission fluid level

• Inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake linings, hoses and parking brake

• Inspect the engine cooling system strength and hoses

• Inspect the exhaust system and heat shields

• Inspect the rear axle and U-joints; lubricate any areas with grease fittings

• Inspect the half-shaft boots

• Inspect the steering linkage, ball joints, suspension, tie-rod ends, driveshaft and U-joints; lubricate any areas with grease fittings

• Inspect the tires, tire wear and measure tread depth

• Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag

Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

• Replace cabin air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace engine air filter

• Replace climate-controlled (heated and cooled) seat filter (if equipped)

At 100,000 miles (160,000 km) and then every three years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km) thereafter:

• Change engine coolant

Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

• Inspect accessory drive belt [after initial inspection, inspect every other oil change until replaced]

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km):

• Change automatic transmission fluid and filter

• Change front axle fluid (four-wheel-drive vehicles).

• Change rear axle fluid

• Change transfer case fluid (four-wheel- drive vehicles)

• Replace accessory drive belt(s)

SPECIAL OPERATING CONDITIONS

If the vehicle is operated primarily in any of the following conditions, it should receive extra maintenance as indicated. If the vehicle is operated occasionally under any of these conditions, it is not necessary to perform the extra maintenance.

1. Towing a trailer or using a car-top carrier:

As required:

• Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the Normal Scheduled Maintenance chart

Inspect frequently, service as required:

• Inspect and lubricate U-joints

• Change the axle fluid anytime an axle is submerged in water.

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Change transfer case fluid (Four-wheel drive vehicles)

• Replace spark plugs

2. Extensive idling or low-speed driving for long distances, as in heavy commercial use (such as delivery, taxi, patrol car or livery)

As required:

• Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the Normal Scheduled Maintenance chart

Inspect frequently, service as required:

• Replace engine air filter

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Change transfer case fluid (Four-wheel drive vehicles)

• Replace spark plugs

3. Operating in dusty or sandy conditions (such as unpaved or dusty roads)

Inspect frequently, service as required:

• Replace engine air filter

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km):

• Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag

• Rotate tires, inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

• Change engine oil and filter

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Change transfer case fluid (Four-wheel drive vehicles)

4. Off-road operation

Inspect frequently, service as required:

• Inspect steering linkage, ball joints and U-joints; lubricate, if equipped with grease fittings

• Replace engine air filter

Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

• Change engine oil and filter

• Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag

• Rotate tires, inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace front wheel bearing grease and grease seals if non-sealed bearings are used (two-wheel-drive vehicles).

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Change transfer case fluid (four-wheel- drive vehicles)

5. Exclusive use of E85 (flex fuel vehicles only)

Every oil change interval:

• If ran exclusively on E85, fill the fuel tank full with regular unleaded fuel.

Fluids and Capacities

Motor Oil: SAE 5W-30/5W-20 for non EcoBoost engine, compatible with Motor Craft premium synthetic blend; capacity is 6 quarts (5.7 liters) for the 2.7L EcoBoost engine; capacity is 6 quarts (5.7 liters) for the 3.5L EcoBoost engine; capacity is 6.3 quarts (6 liters) for the 3.5L V6 engine; and capacity is 7.7 quarts (7.3 liters) for the 5.0L V8 engine

Coolant: Compatible with Motor Craft Orange; capacity is 16.4 quarts (15.5 liters) for the 2.7L EcoBoost engine; capacity is 15.6 quarts (14.75 liters) for the 3.5L EcoBoost engine; capacity is 15.3 quarts (14.5 liters) with engine oil cooler and 15.1 quarts (14.25 liters) without engine oil cooler for the 3.5L V6 engine; and capacity is 15.9 quarts (15 liters) for the 5.0L V8 engine

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