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2017 Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost Engine Swap Is No Joke: Video

Ford technician Brian Makuloco of the YouTube channel Ford Tech Makuloco has worked on his fair share of Ford F-150 pickups over the years, and he’s clearly a subject matter expert on that model, as well as various other Blue Oval machines. For those experiencing problems with the popular pickup, his videos are a great resource, and in recent months, Makuloco has churned out helpful tips on smoking Ford 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engines, rattling and carbon buildup issues with Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplants, gear-skipping 10-speed automatic transmissions, and the pitfalls of shoddy work from shops. Now, Makuloco is back with another helpful video, this time documenting a difficult-looking 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine swap in a customer’s 2017 Ford F-150.

2017 Ford F-150 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Engine Swap - Exterior 002 - Side

Some viewers wanted more detail regarding what’s involved in this particular job, so Makuloco obliged with a follow-up video that provides a general overview of what appears to be a tedious and time-consuming process. It picks up with the old engine and transmission nearly ready for removal, along with a whole lot of swapping bolts over from the old powertrain to the new one.

Of course, having the entire body of the truck separated from the frame makes accessing these parts a bit easier, even though that’s quite the process itself. Regardless, after removing a bunch of accessories and various other parts, there’s finally room for the cherry picker to roll in and pluck the engine and transmission out of this 2017 Ford F-150.

As far as clearance goes, the abundance of accessories and a pair of turbos don’t leave a whole lot of room to work with, which is precisely why Makuloco just opted to lift the body off the frame in the first place. Regardless, this job isn’t done quite yet, as he’s awaiting on the arrival of several parts that he’ll need to finish installing the fresh engine, but we’ll be sure and check back to see how this process goes.

We’ll have more videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous 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. Dave Mathers

    About fifteen years ago I went into my old dealership and stopped at the truck shop. There was an F350 diesel with the body up in the air. I asked why and was told that was the easiest way to remove the engine and transmission. Another design by somebody who has never worked on a vehicle?

  2. Thomas

    They use to do this with replacing the bad diesels that came in Ford Trucks a couple of years back as the best way to replace the diesels or work on them.

  3. bruce schiltz

    retired ford tech. this is how we did it for years. it was the only way you could get the engine out of the older navigators with the 5.4 4 valve engines. pulling the bodies is not that difficult after you have done a few.

  4. BOSSC351\'S Productions

    Completely unnecessary. I did my FX4 without all that. I removed, rebuilt, and reinstalled my 3.5 Ecoboost myself. Lifting the entire body off the frame is another one of those “charge the customer” schemes. Diesel yes, Ecoboost NO WAY.


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