Ford Reveals 2013 F-150

June 18, 2012

For 2013, the Ford F-150 receives new front-end design and advanced technologies such as MyFord Touch® with voice-activated driver controls and available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

America’s pickup

For 2013, the most fuel-efficient and capable light-duty pickup on the market continues to push forward with updated design and advanced technologies. F-150 also adds even more breadth to its expansive lineup with a new Limited luxury model and availability of the groundbreaking EcoBoost® engine, powerful 6.2-liter V8, electronic-locking rear axle and Hill Descent Control™.

Outside, the F-150 lineup gets bold new grilles combining fresh designs with instantly recognizable F-Series cues highlighted on the XLT model revealed today.

New HID projector headlamps are available as a segment-first technology to deliver improved visibility and increase driver confidence.

HID technology provides exceptional lighting performance while contributing a distinctive look with stylish L-shaped lamps.

F-150 style also is enhanced with new 18- and 20-inch wheels offered in various trim packages.

Segment-exclusive power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirrors add flexibility and convenience when operating in tight quarters, while enabling class-leading visibility.

F-150 pickups are available in three new hues including Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Truck-focused technology

The 2013 Ford F-150 adds Ford’s award-winning SYNC® voice-activated communications and entertainment system with 911 Assist® and Vehicle Health Report as standard equipment in XLT series and above. This enables hands-free, voice-activated control of enabled mobile devices.

Buyers may choose from an optional suite of SYNC Services, including Traffic Information, Turn-by-Turn Directions, Business Search, Send to SYNC from Google Maps and MapQuest, News, Sports, Weather and Horoscopes.

F-150 also introduces SYNC paired with a new 4.2-inch LCD center-stack screen that provides enhanced displays of audio and climate-control functions. In addition, the instrument cluster contains a 4.2-inch driver-configurable LCD productivity screen including menus for gauge setup, trip computer, fuel economy and towing/off-road applications.

Lariat, King Ranch®, Platinum and Limited series models are equipped with SYNC with MyFord Touch, adding voice control to more vehicle systems coupled with an all-new, large 8-inch LCD color touch screen mounted in the center stack. This package adds a media hub with two USB ports, an SD card reader and audio/video input jacks.

Ford’s unique truck interface allows drivers to tailor their vehicle to their specific needs, such as wearing work gloves.

This premium system can be augmented with an available voice-activated Navigation System, SD map-card reader, point-of-interest storage and integrated SiriusXM Travel Link.

Interior design

The 2013 F-150 offers a range of interior updates. The new 4.2-inch multifunction display and MyFord Touch interfaces gave designers the opportunity to deliver a more modern center stack and control layout. Several new environment colors include a Steel Gray interior on Lariat and a Black interior for King Ranch. Both of these series receive upgraded wood grain appliqués to enhance premium style.

The aggressive FX Appearance Package now adds Alcantara seat inserts that amplify its sporty persona.

The Platinum series – synonymous with high-end trucks – offers new choices of Black or Pecan leather seating.

F-150 continues to offer a wide array of models and packages, allowing buyers to tailor their Ford pickup to their individual needs and preferences.

Fuel-efficient capability

From the powerful yet fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine to the mighty 6.2-liter V8, the most powerful eight-cylinder engine in the segment, F-150 offers an engine to meet the needs of every customer. Each engine across the F-150 lineup is mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, with tow packages and STX series and above adding SelectShift® capability.

F-150 engine choices include:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6

•Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm

•Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors

•Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4×2)

•Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8

•Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors

•21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4×2)

•Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8

•Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm

•Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm

•13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4×2)

•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine

•365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel

•Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors

•Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm

•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors

•Best-in-class 3,120 pounds payload vs. all competitors

•Unsurpassed 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway vs. all competitors

“The 2013 Ford F-150 adds more style and technology that sets a benchmark for capability and efficiency in light-duty pickups,” said F-150 Marketing Manager Raj Sarkar. “We continue to focus on the no-compromise solution for our customers, giving them all of the conveniences and technologies they want with the capability they need and the fuel efficiency to go further.”

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Additionally, Fuller Ford offers the convenience of onsite Penske Truck Rental. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. We are Cincinnati’s ONLY downtown dealer! Check out our entire inventory at


Fuller Ford’s Response to the I-Team’s Reports on 5.4 liter (3 valve) Engine Spark Plug Replacment

March 1, 2012

Hagit Limor and Phil Drechsler,

I wanted to write this letter in response to the recent I-Team investigation titled “$2,000 spark plugs, what some call design flaw, Ford calls routine”. I am the Service Manager at Fuller Ford in Downtown Cincinnati, a position I have held for 28 years.

I do acknowledge that the spark plugs on the Ford 5.4 (3 valve) engine do have a tendency to seize in the head of the engine, and that this often results in several plugs breaking off in the head and requiring extraction. However I do take great exception to the prices quoted, timeline represented, and general difficulty of the procedure as outlined in your article.

First, it is important to consider that the price of spark plugs, and therefore the price of a tune-up, has increased over the last decade, but it is important to note that the interval at which this service is required to be performed has decreased correspondingly. Spark plug intervals are now at 100k miles as opposed to the 15k and 30k mileage intervals of earlier models.

Second, Fuller Ford routinely quotes $540 to $750 to replace all eight spark plugs, depending on how many break. I would estimate that Fuller Ford has performed tune ups on 300 plus 5.4 (3 valve) engines, and with varying results. At times no plugs break, often several plugs break, and yes in some instances all of the plugs will break (in this scenario the worse case of $750.00 plus tax would apply). Very rarely, only once that I can recall, has a plug been seized so severe that the head of the engine would need to come off. The $2000.00 to $3500.00 price quoted in this article was shocking and quite frankly a gross misrepresentation of the reality of the procedure.

Finally, Ford, and several other tool distributers, have provided tools that help to extract broken plugs. These tools have been out for years, are relatively inexpensive for a shop to purchase, and greatly reduce the difficulty of the procedure. Generally speaking, the turn-around time, in the event that all plugs break, would be a day to a day and a half.

Fuller Ford has been a proud Ford franchise in Cincinnati since the 1920’s. After reading this article I felt compelled to both acknowledge that this problem does exist, but also to present a fair representation of the realty of the situation.


Tod Schachleiter

Service Manager

Fuller Ford Inc.

Fuller Ford: Cincinnati’s Downtown Service Specialists

May 13, 2011


The Fuller Ford service department is conveniently located in Downtown Cincinnati, just across the bridge from Northern Kentucky. Our Ford service shop specializes in all your Ford service needs. Fuller Ford has eight Ford certified diesel mechanics that can handle all Ford repairs,  including Ford Heavy Duty Truck repairs, Ford Commercial Truck repairs, Ford fleet service and all warranty on Ford Power Stroke 6.0, 6.4, 6.7, 7.3 diesel repairs. 

No job is too big or too small for our 50 bay facility. From our large selection of name brand tires (Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, Pirelli, B F Goodrich, and more!), to Ford engine and transmission overhauls and replacements, we have the knowledge, tools, and experience to get the job done right…the first time.

Fuller Ford’s Service Department offers free shuttle service to Downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Our free shuttle and exclusive lifetime free oil changes make Fuller Ford’s service shop the most convenient in Greater Cincinnati.

Fuller Ford’s Service department provides extended service hours throughout the week (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and has Saturday Service hours (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) for your convenience. There is no appointment necessary for Ford vehicle maintenance work, so feel free to just come in for your lifetime free oil change, Ford scheduled maintenance, or take advantage of our monthly Ford service coupons. The coupons can be found at, and appointments can be made by calling 513-352-5820 or scheduling an online appointment at the above link.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Fuller Ford is the place to go for all of your Ford vehicle service needs. Ford Motor Company recalls to Ford Power Stroke diesel problems to Ford scheduled maintenance, we can handle it all! Stop in at 900 West Eight Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203 or call us at 513-352-5820. Check us out on the web at



Ford Engines Are Getting Smaller, While Fuel Economy and Horsepower Are Growing

April 12, 2011

Ford is leading the way in the transformation of the automobile engine around the world.

For most of Ford’s 107 years, engineers have answered the call for higher horsepower and more torque with larger, heavier and thirstier engines. But the company’s 2006 commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every sales segment has changed the way Ford designs its engines.

The advanced technologies adopted and enhanced by Ford’s engine development team – EcoBoost™, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection, for example – have made the old saying “There’s no replacement for displacement” as obsolete as the carburetor.

 For consumers, horsepower per liter is as important as the speed of an Internet connection – the higher the number, the better the performance.

 Two of America’s favorite vehicles, the Ford Mustang and Ford F-Series, now provide the most dramatic examples of how that is not the case, and how new, smaller-displacement engines are delivering levels of performance that in the past could only be obtained with much larger engines.

 •The optional 6.8-liter V10 engine in the 2011 F-Series Super Duty is rated at 362 horsepower and 457 lb.-ft. of torque. F-150’s EcoBoost 3.5-liter engine – with about half the displacement – delivers 365 horsepower and a comparable 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The horsepower per liter of the V10 is 53.23 compared with more than 104 for the 3.5-liter

•The 2011 Mustang coupe has a 3.7-liter V6 engine rated at 305 horsepower and delivers as much as 31 mpg highway, according to the 2011 EPA Fuel Economy Guide. The 3.7-liter replaced a 210-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 that was EPA-rated at 26 mpg highway. The 2011 Mustang Coupe is the first car in history to have a 300-plus-horsepower engine rated at 30 mpg or more. It also delivers 0-to-60 times of around six seconds

These new engines are part of nine all-new or significantly revamped engines Ford began launching in 2010. And they are helping make the 2011 Ford and Lincoln lineup the most fuel efficient in the company’s 107-year history.

Ford and Lincoln showrooms today are filled with an industry-best dozen vehicles that lead or are among the leaders in their sales segments for fuel economy. Four vehicles carry an EPA-certified rating of 40 mpg or higher, also best in the industry.

“From Fiesta to Super Duty, Ford has invested a record amount in new engines, transmissions and cutting-edge technologies to meet our commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment in which we compete,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering.

“Though we have made great strides, our work in improving fuel economy is not done and never will be. We have to deliver a fuel economy gain of about 10 percent every three years from now on. Expect further improvements to our EcoBoost system, three-cylinder engines and our Auto Start-Stop system launched now in Europe and soon to be installed in North American vehicles,” he added.


The next smaller but more powerful engines coming from Ford are two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines already proving popular in Europe. First up is the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder slated for later this year in Edge and the all-new Explorer. Then comes a frugal 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine for the C-MAX multi-activity vehicle.

In the 2010 Explorer, the smallest engine available was a 4.0-liter V6 rated at 210 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. In the all-new Explorer, the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine will be the smallest engine, yet it delivers 237 horsepower – 27 more than the old engine – and about the same torque, 245 lb.-ft. The 2.0-liter Explorer is projected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy.

“The 2012 Ford Explorer with EcoBoost is going to mark a new era in smaller-displacement SUVs, offering more power than the previous 4.0-liter V6 with a really remarkable improvement in fuel economy,” said Greg Johnson, manager of North American power packs. “Similarly, Edge with EcoBoost and C-MAX with the EcoBoost 1.6 will both serve to redefine customers’ opinions about smaller-displacement engines.”

Although the Ford EcoBoost 2.0-liter is the smallest engine ever offered in Explorer – and the first four-cylinder – drivers likely will not notice the two fewer cylinders. “It’s got the efficiency of a small gasoline I-4 when cruising,” explains Johnson, “because that’s fundamentally what it is. But when you need that extra muscle for passing or accelerating, the turbocharger provides a diesel-like reserve of torque without the drawbacks – like higher weight, slower engine speeds and, at least in the States, higher fuel cost – of a diesel engine.”

For most consumers, all it takes is a test drive to convince them smaller engines can deliver the goods.

“Most everyone who has driven the EcoBoost F-150 has been converted,” explains Jim Mazuchowski, Ford V6 engine manager. “Once our customers move past the idea of ‘only’ having six cylinders, and begin to think of our EcoBoost V6 as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics, the excitement begins to build. Twin turbochargers and direct injection give the EcoBoost F-150 the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.”

Fuller Ford can help you find the most fuel efficient vehicle to fit your individual needs. As always, Fuller Ford offers lifetime free oil changes on all new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Come in today to see Ford’s entire line of fuel efficient vehicles. Or, check out our inventory at


DEF Frequently Asked Questions

March 7, 2011

Does it cost more to operate a 2011 Super Duty since it requires DEF?

A primary advantage of having SCR/DEF on the new Power Stroke diesel engine is the 5-8 percent increase in fuel efficiency compared to a diesel engine using a Lean NOx Trap. This means the 2011 Super Duty is more efficient to operate than a Ram Pickup and the 2010 Super Duty models. Here’s a quick look at the potential annual SCR/DEF operating costs/savings:


  • DEF is $3-5 per gallon
  • Customer will use approximately 5 gallons every 7500 miles
  • Customer will see a 5-8 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to an LNT system

Operating Costs/Savings

  • Two DEF refills = $30-50
  • Fuel savings = $142-222 ($3 per gallon)
  • Total annual savings is $92-192

BOTTOM LINE: 2011 Super Duty is more cost effective to operate than Silverado HD even with both vehicles using an SCR/DEF system.

When should the DEF tank be refilled?

Customer will receive a number of audible warnings and dash messages, beginning at approximately 800 miles before the DEF tank is empty. Under normal operation, the DEF should only require filling with the recommended oil change intervals. Towing can increase DEF consumption.

Will the truck still run if refill warnings are ignored?

The truck will experience reduced engine speeds as the DEF tank approaches empty, eventually forcing the engine idle when the DEF tank is depleted.

If a truck is not used for a while, will the DEF need to be replaced?

The system will monitor DEF quality and adjust for conditions of use or non-use. The warnings and dash messages will indicate when the fluid needs to be refilled.

Can new DEF be added to the DEF already in the tank?

Yes. Motorcraft DEF is widely available in 1 and 2.5 gallon bottles for customer use. Ford recommends only API-certified DEF.

Will DEF freeze?

DEF has a freezing point of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The DEF tank, supply module and lines are heated to help prevent freezing while the truck is in operation as well as thaw any frozen fluid once started. DEF expands when it freezes; the DEF tank is designed to allow for this expansion.

Can the truck be started and operated if the DEF is frozen?

Yes, the truck can be started and operated while the DEF thaws.

Where is the DEF fill port located?

It is located on the driver’s side of the truck next to the diesel fuel filler and is easily identified by its smaller, blue cap.

What if the wrong fluid is added to the DEF tank?

If improper fluid is added, the DEF tank must be drained completely before adding additional DEF to avoid contamination. The truck should be immediately taken to the dealer for service if improper fluid is added.

What is the shelf life for DEF?

DEF has a minimum shelf life of one year if stored between 12 and 86 degrees F. Note that in warmer climates, DEF will have a shorter shelf life.

Learn More

Watch this short tutorial on how to properly fill your DEF tank and when to fill it according to the message center in the instrument cluster:

DEF is available at Fuller Ford in 1 gallon bottles or in bulk. Call our parts department at (513) 352-5870 or (888) 893-7505 or contact us at http:// for more information.

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at

Important Guidelines For F-650/F-750 Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration

February 7, 2011

The 2010 and 2011 F-650/F-750 Super Duty chassis cabs are equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), as part of the after-treatment exhaust system, to trap soot and other large particles produced by the engine combustion process.

The soot that accumulates in the filter must be periodically reduced to ash to prevent excessive exhaust restriction. The soot reduction process, also known as “filter regeneration”, is generally performed automatically by the engine and after-treatment system.


The normal operating temperature of the exhaust system is very high. Never work around, or attempt to repair, any part of the exhaust system until it has cooled. Use special care when working around the diesel particulate filter. The DPF heats up to a high temperature after only a short period of engine operation, and can remain hot even after the engine is turned off. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.


The following description is applicable to 2008-2011 Cummins engines. For 2008-2010 Caterpillar engines, see the Owners Guide.

Under most operating conditions, DPF regeneration will be transparent to the operator. An increase in engine/turbo sound level is normal during filter regeneration.

If, however, the engine is operating for extended periods of time under one of the following conditions, operator assistance may be required to facilitate the filter regeneration process:

  • Vehicle is operated in stop-and-go traffic and/or maintains low speeds as in city/delivery driving
  • Engine is started and shut-off frequently
  • Vehicle payload is relatively light
  • Vehicle is regularly operated in cold ambient temperatures (i.e. below 0° F [-18 C])

Instrument cluster lamp(s) will illuminate and/or flash when operator assistance is required. In addition, engine performance will become increasingly limited above Level 1.

At Levels 1 and 2, two courses of action may be taken by the operator to facilitate filter regeneration:

  1.      The vehicle may be driven on the highway at highway speeds.
  2.     The operator may perform a parked regeneration by following the steps in Parked regeneration procedure.

At Level 3, performing a parked regeneration is the only available course of action (short of professional servicing) available to the operator for regenerating the filter.

At Level 4, professional servicing is the only way to regenerate the filter.


Warning: When performing the parked regeneration procedure, make sure the vehicle is safely off the roadway, and the exhaust system is away from people, or any flammable materials, vapors, or structures. Engine speed may increase during parked regeneration.

Note: Parked regeneration is only available when the DPF lamp on the instrument cluster is illuminated (solid or flashing).

  1.      Bring the vehicle to a complete stop on level ground and safely off the road with the exhaust system away from people, flammable materials, vapors or structures.
  2.       If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission and a steering column shift lever, place transmission in P (Park). Otherwise, place the transmission in N (Neutral).
  3.    Remove feet from the accelerator pedal and clutch pedal (if equipped).
  4.      Set the parking brake.
  5.      Within 5 seconds of setting the parking brake, remove foot from the service brake pedal.

The engine speed may also increase slightly. To allow parked regeneration to continue uninterrupted:

  1.     The vehicle must remain parked.
  2.     The accelerator pedal, service brake pedal, and clutch pedal (if equipped) must not be depressed.
  3.     The parking brake must remain set.

On average (depending on filter level and other factors), the process will take 20-30 minutes to complete. The DPF lamp will turn off when the process is complete. Repeat Steps 1-5, if parked regeneration is interrupted.


Depress any of the floor pedals to discontinue parked regeneration.


The DPF is designed to retain a relatively large amount of residual ash and provide many miles and hours of maintenance-free operation. At some point, generally beyond 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 5000 hours of operation (whichever comes first), the DPF will require professional cleaning to remove the accumulated ash. The exact number of miles or hours of operation will vary greatly depending upon vehicle/engine loading and operating conditions, ash content of the engine oil, and quality of the diesel fuel used in your truck. Adhering to your engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and fuel specifications will maximize the miles and hours of operation before the DPF professional cleaning is required. Refer to your engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual for more details regarding recommended maintenance and service of your DPF.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at



6.7L Diesel Engine Maintenance

December 16, 2010

6.7l diesel maintenance

Since the launch of the 2011 Super Duty, Ford Motor Company has made an effort to promote awareness of critical Power Stroke® diesel engine operating characteristics and maintenance requirements. It is imperative that 6.7L customers understand that more frequent maintenance is required when their vehicle is utilized under special operating conditions (towing, long idle/commercial delivery, off road/dusty, biodiesel).

  • Engine failures can occur due to lack of proper coolant strength and carboxylates level checks.
  • Turbocharger failures can occur due to a lack of proper lubrication or dusting from unfiltered intake air.
  • Turbocharger & EGR valve collect coking deposits faster in colder weather without proper maintenance.
  • Low fuel pressure and/or fuel volume due to fuel filter contamination can cause hard starting and slower cranking times.
  • Fuel injector internal failures can occur due to loss of fuel pressure from clogged filters, fuel line freeze up, and the injector spool valve can stick when the oil is contaminated and/or the wrong oil viscosity.


Maintenance frequency is also dependent on miles, engine idle hours, normal vs. severe service conditions, quality of materials used – primarily ULSD fuel, engine oil, air and oil filter element, coolant level and quality, etc. 6.7L customers must adhere to the maintenance interval guidelines using the Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring System, vehicle mileage OR engine idle hours, whichever is attained first. Engine idle hours of operation, accessed via the vehicle message center, are particularly important if the vehicle is used for periods of extended engine idling where vehicle mileage is not accrued.

  • Frequent or extended idling
    • Over 10 minutes per hour of idling
    • Frequent low speed operation
    • Sustained heavy traffic less then 25 MPH (40 KMH)
  • One hour of idle time is equal to approximately 25 miles (40 km) of driving
  • Operating in sustained ambient temperatures below -10°F (-23°C) or above 100°F (38°C)
  • Operating in severe dust or off-road conditions
  • Towing a trailer over 1,000 miles (1,600 km)
  • Sustained, high speed driving at Gross Vehicle Weight
  • Rating (maximum loaded weight for vehicle operation)
  • Use of any Biodiesel: B20 is the maximum allowable blend to be used with the 6.7L Power Stroke® Diesel


HOW TO CALCULATE EXTENDED IDLE CONDITIONS (Intelligent Oil Life Monitor does this automatically for you)
Engine Idle Hours vs. Vehicle Mileage Formula (Helpful to determine if “Extended Idle” condition exists)
Record the engine idle hours from the vehicle and multiply the number by 25 (1 hour of engine running time is equal to approximately 25 miles).


  • If the number is less than the miles on the odometer, the vehicle is driven more than it idles – use vehicle mileage to determine maintenance intervals (other than oil change intervals)
  • If the number is greater than the mileage on the odometer, the vehicle idles more than it is driven – use engine hours of operation to determine maintenance intervals


This system uses information from a sensor in the oil pan, the Powertrain Control Module and an algorithm to calculate the proper oil change interval. The interval is calculated based upon the vehicle operating conditions:


  • Engine speed & torque
  • Oil & Coolant temperature
  • Hours of operation and Mileage (Idle Hours and Total Hours)
  • Driving habits
  • Number of Diesel Particulate Filter regens or cleaning cycles


The system uses the Message Center to display when the oil needs to be changed:

  • “ENGINE OIL CHANGE SOON” at 5% oil life remaining
  • “OIL CHANGE REQUIRED” at 0% oil life remaining


The IOLM system applies to fuel filter replacement. At the 3rd oil change interval the IOLM system will notify the driver that the fuel filters must be replaced. Additionally, there is a sensor in the fuel line that informs the driver, via the instrument cluster, that the filter is becoming plugged before the 3rd oil change interval. 

This same Extended Engine Hours vs. vehicle mileage formula also applies to engine coolant when operated in special operating conditions. Check for Nitrite Contamination using Rotunda test strip 328-00001 and then the carboxylates level of the coolant using Antifreeze Coolant ELC Contamination Kit, Rotunda part number 328-00008. Add the VC-12 – Motorcraft® Specialty Orange Engine Coolant Revitalizer or replace the Motorcraft Specialty Orange coolant VC-3-B as necessary.

In addition, 6.7L customers should be aware that non-Ford maintenance products (engine oil and oil, air filters, fuel filters and engine coolant) may not provide an adequate level of protection due to varying levels of aftermarket production standards and processes. Please contact Fuller Ford’s service department for additional information on 6.7L Diesel Engine Maintenance @ (513) 352-5800 x 33 or check us out on the web @

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes 6.7L Diesel! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at





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