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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. 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.

    1. D.Frazier

      Correct on first oil change. 2500mi in 100hrs. Is only 25mph average. Sounds more like short trips and stop and go driving.

  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. 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.

    2. Bbuddy

      Adding a catch can used to void the warranty on Ford EB engines. The design of the EB engine has the computer work with the valve train to scavange exhaust gasses by opening the intake and exhaust valves simultaneously. Not perfect but it does do a good job of pulling moisture and and carbon out so it doesn’t foul the valves.

  6. 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.

  7. Mongo

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    1. Bbuddy

      I wouldn’t be too worried. Because of the way Ford designed the PCV system to recycle back into the intake you will see a little more carbon from combustion trapped in the oil but that also means the oil is working as it should to trap and hold those particles in suspension. The big thing is not having that stuff coke up your valves but Ford addressed this in the design by having the valves open at the same time to scavange exhaust gases at the end of each piston power stroke. Ford only recommends changing the oil at it’s intervals in the manual depending on service type (normal or severe) and NO intake valve cleaning of any type should ever be done (will eat the turbos). Also, adding a catch can as some on the web say can void your warranty if you still have any. The best rec is to buy good gas from a Top Tier retailer like Citgo or Shell to keep the valves clean. And change your oil with the type and at intervals in the manual. Ford spent millions testing these motors to destruction. They know what they’re doing with their recommendations. There are 150s out there in contractor service with well over 200k and no major engine work done. (I know of several). That speaks to the reliability of the system Ford developed.

      1. ed weld

        Some say here that Ford Dealers use Mobil 1 to my surprise, Because i buy my oil at local dealer and i always get Motorcraft syn blend is what Ford Recommends on my Ford, I have 235,000 on it and had no issues and use 93 octain gas and never has a fuel pump problem or injector problem 3,0 dohc My Maverick will get same oil when i get it

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Tom

    Use a catch can, problem solved.

  14. 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 .

  15. Chris B

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 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.

  19. Bbuddy

    This is another henny-penny story. There’s nothing wrong here as others with common sense and knowledge point out. These new turbo motors all dirty up the oil within 500 miles like a diesel does. You can flip oil in a Duramax, Power Stroke or Cummins and after the first hundred miles pull the stick and it’s black as coal. My wifes 16 Fusion with the 1.5 EB dirties up at 1000 miles at 60K. Am I worried? No. I will trade the car for an EV before the motor wears out. These small turbos are bridge mills to increase fuel economy while using smaller displacements. The turbos make up for the small displacement. Manufacturers have gone to this system to bridge over until full development and market acceptance of EV trucks and SUVs. This guy will not have this Maverick 4 years from now. He’ll trade it for the next shiny thing like an electric Maverick or F150 Lightning. Meanwhile, unless he’s a Long Haul commuter, he’ll have at worst 60K on the truck. Barely broken in. There are contractor F150s out there with stock 3.5 EB mills with over 200k and thousands of idle hours on them without issues. Look at the Explorer based PI SUVs that idle all day, get run hard, and don’t have aftermarket catch cans and worries about oil. Yeah, they all eat a little oil. It’s the Modern Way. Follow Ford’s rec’s, maintain the engines the way Ford says, and enjoy the ride.


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