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2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost Oil Change Reveals Very Dirty Fluid: Video

Thus far, the 2022 Ford Maverick has proven to have universal appeal, and as an affordable and efficient pickup, demand is far outstripping supply at the moment. In recent months, owners have praised the fact that the Maverick is easy to work on, as well as criticized certain aspects like paint quality. Now, a 2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost owner who goes by JC has put out a video documenting the interesting things he found while performing an oil change on his pickup.

After driving his 2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost for 2,500 miles across 100 hours of operation, JC decided to check all the fluids and see how they were holding up before he embarked on a road trip. Ford recommends changing the Maverick’s oil every 5,000-10,000 miles, depending on use, so one might assume that things would be looking pretty stellar. However, that wasn’t necessarily the case.

JC notes that his oil looked “degraded and dirty” upon inspection, while he also goes over the entire process in great detail, providing some great tips along the way. Upon inspection, JC says that his oil was dark and smells like a combination of burnt oil mixed with gas, which is why he decided to go ahead and change it, even though the truck only has 2,500 miles on the clock.

Based on his first experience, JC notes that he believes the Maverick’s oil change interval should be shorter, but then again, results of this kind tend to vary greatly. However, he does note that he does almost all of his driving on the highway – not in stop and go traffic – so it’s curious that his oil has turned so quickly. Regardless, as we’ve been told for decades, checking our oil regularly is important for long-term engine health – even in today’s world, where many cars go 10,000 miles between oil changes.

We’ll have more informative videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Joe

    Need to use full syn also. I changed mine at 3K, it was a blend and it was free from the dealer but will go to full syn from now on.

    1. Ford Owner

      I agree that all Ford vehicles use synthetic oil after the first oil chang after the break in period. My Ford dealer uses Mobil 1 for every oil change in every customer vehicle for just $45. I pay that once a year for my 20 14 Fusion Hybrid .

      1. Brattt

        Mobil 1 oil is not always synthetic.. Read the can first to be sure..
        Ask the dealer to prove it is synthetic. Mobil 1 is just a name brand not a type of oil lke synthentic always as assumed.

    2. Alan

      I was looking for any place I could put us. Anybody who knows anything about motor Will tell you that dirty oil does not mean anything. That is just the detergents holding dirt . Also Ford uses a lot of so called semi synthetic oil. Don’t buy that BS. Put full synthetic in everything any more. I have always used Mobile 1 because it is reasonably priced. Use any synthetic that meets the specs Ford wants.

  2. maybeford

    Usually for new vehicles you should follow proper engine break in procedures. One of them is changing your first oil a lot sooner than what the manufacturer suggests. The belief is that you have a lot of manufacturing imperfections that will smooth out once the engine starts running. All that debris needs to be flushed out so that it doesnt cause early wear. This is why the person in the article had such dirty oil.

  3. Wally

    2018 2.0 Edge. Changed oil first time at 500 miles. Thereafter @ 50% on the OLM. Full synthetic Mobil 1. PFL400A Delco long filter. Holds 5.7 qts. Runs like a champ. Currently 50,000+ miles. Uses NO oil. 95% hiway. I do it. PIA to get the bottom cover off. Had the trans + Anti freeze changed at the Ford dealership about 35,000. I’ll do Antifreeze myself @ 60,000. Only Tier 1 gas. GDI. Techron sometimes. I run my cars well over 2000,000 miles. CHEAP Insurance. Buy F and GM!

  4. Mick1

    2 million miles. Get your prize

  5. Dee Hart

    First question… What is the oil Ford puts in their motors at the factory? Regular or synthetic? Second… A burnt oil smell, would that not indicate the hamsters may be working too hard? Running too hot? Breaking in a motor or not, after 2,500 miles, no oil should look like has not been changed for 15,000. I just traded in a 2006 Pontiac Montana that had regular (regular) oil changes every 3,500 miles and the oil never looked that nasty.

    Did it have thart shimmer of metalic particles in the oil?

    1. P.R.Ford

      It doesn’t matter what oil looks like. What matters is what’s in it . Unless the owner had the oil analyzed, he has no idea about anything but “looks dirty”, which is completely meaningless. I would expect a site like Ford Authority to have better informed readers.

      1. Matt

        Agree 100% dumb to say it smelled and was dark, so what…get it tested if you have concerns

      2. Alan


  6. Shawnski

    Turbocharged and direct njection, needs an aftermarket oil separator.

    1. Amirols

      They already make them for the maverick and it’s cheap $150. Take a while to install tho.

  7. Terry Ridgley

    The only way to know if the oil is bad is have the oil tested by a laboratory. The Army routinely does that on their vehicles from lab samples analyzed through the Army Oil Analysis Program.

  8. Mongo

    Did he send the oil for an independent analysis?
    I think that would be important.

  9. Brattt


    1. Chupacabra

      No manufacturer recommends changing the oil at the first 500 miles.

    2. The Gentle Grizzly

      500 miles? That was fine in 1980. Not anymore.

  10. Chupacabra

    The oil in my 2015 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost looks nasty AF within the first 100 miles or so, and is far dirtier looking at 5,000 miles than any other vehicle I’ve owned.

    I change the oil on my 2.0T Wrangler at 5,000 also, and visually at least that oil looks far cleaner than what comes out of my F-150.

    I have not sent either one in for an analysis, just going by looks alone the Ecoboost seems far harder on oil.t

  11. Adam

    Here some interesting information from the Owner’s Manual

    Page 273 over the Maverick’s Owner’s Manual

    Your vehicle requires a break-in period. For the first 1,000 mi (1,600 km), avoid driving at high speeds, heavy braking, aggressive shifting or using your vehicle to tow. During this time, your vehicle may exhibit some unusual driving characteristics.

    Page 303

    Note: The oil consumption of new engines reaches its normal level after approximately 3,000 mi (5,000 km).

    Page 439

    7,500–10,000 mi (12,000–16,000 km)


    Normal commuting with highway driving No, or moderate, load or towing
    Flat to moderately hilly roads
    No extended idling

    5,000–7,500 mi (8,000–12,000 km)

    Moderate to heavy load or towing Mountainous or off-road conditions Extended idling
    Extended hot or cold operation

  12. David Gustafson

    Ford “Authority” seems to have the knack for picking-up on individual (negative) reviews and spreading them around like they are the all-knowing and final authority on any given topic without including all the facts.

    Fact….direct injection engines DO produce “dirty” oil very quickly vs a port injection machine like the 2.5L Mav hybrid. Make it a turbo and it gets worse.

    Fact….dark oil is meaningless if you keep your car regularly maintained.

    It is very strange indeed how FA seems to want to spread such erroneous and disingenuous content about Ford vehicles. Perhaps this will never get published as a comment, but everything said is truthful.

  13. JR

    Another example of stirring up crap to create click-bait content when there’s nothing there. Completely normal especially for the first oil change.

  14. Tom

    Use a catch can, problem solved.

  15. Chris B

    The Amaoil oil is the best full synetic oil will turn dark from doing cleaning of contaminates out of engine can go 25.000 miles on oil changes. I have vehicles that have over 250.000 miles on engines and no problems change every 25.000 miles .

  16. Chris B

    If you are concerned about the oil do a oil sample from a lab will tell the Truth about engine wear.

  17. Salmon

    2,500 miles over 100 hours doesn’t seem like highway miles. That sounds more like very slow city driving or highway driving with a stupid amount of idling. It doesn’t add up.

  18. donnie

    that’s ford-at least he had a maverick to change the oil in-some still waiting at one year ann.-another farley farce!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Richard

    100 hours to travel 2,500 miles?
    I’d be interested in the 2nd oil change results. To see if it differed, or not.


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