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Ford Mustang 5.0L V8 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and replace the filter on a 2011 to 2014 Ford Mustang with the Coyote 5.0L V8 engine.

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2012 Coyote 5.0L V8
Oil Filler Cap - Left Side
Twist Off Oil Filler Cap
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the face lifted 5th generation Ford Mustang equipped with the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 engine (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 model years) in changing the motor oil and replacing the canister style oil filter.

Owners of the earlier 5th generation Mustang from 2005 to 2009 and possibly the 4th generation 1994 to 2004 models with the 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8 or 3.7L V6 engines may also find these DIY oil change instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, a 15mm socket with 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch basin, an oil filter wrench (optional), a new oil filter, an automotive funnel and 8 U.S. quarts (or 7.6L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Motorcraft FL500S, Royal Purple 20-500, K&N PS-2011, Fram PH10575, Hastings LF641, Pennzoil HPZ-173, Mobil 1 M1-212, Purolator L22500 and Mann # ML1049.

Oil Dipstick - Right Side
Pull Up Dipstick
Raise Passenger Side
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface, and shut off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Then pop open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counter clockwise direction and pull up the yellow handled dipstick a few inches.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front passenger side of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Oil Service Access Panel
Remove 8mm Screws
Slide under the front passenger side of the engine and bring along the 8mm socket with 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, 15mm socket with 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench and the used oil catch container.

Remove the three screws, near the "Remove For Oil Service" message, that hold the under engine skid plate or "splash guard" in place by turning them counter clockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Remove 3rd 8mm Bolt
Set the three screws aside in a safe place and lower the under engine cover down to the floor.
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Under Engine Skid Plate
Oil Filter Location
Locate the old cylindrical canister style oil filter mounted vertically.


Old Oil Filter
Black Metal Oil Pan
15mm Oil Drain Bolt
The oil drain bolt is located at the rear of the black metal oil pan.
Position Used Oil Basin
Loosen 15mm Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Loosen the drain bolt by turning it counter clockwise with the 15mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

You may choose to lay down some newspaper to help keep your garage floor clean.

Spin out the drain bolt with your fingers.

Be careful since the old oil may be hot enough to burn your skin depending on how long you warmed up the engine in the first step.

Tighten Drain Bolt
Slide Basin Under Filter
Twist Off Old Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

Spin in the drain bolt by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the drain bolt by turning it clockwise with the 15mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20 ft lbs of torque.

Move the used oil catch basin to just below the old oil filter. Spin off the old filter in the counter clockwise direction. If you have trouble spinning the filter, use a filter wrench such as the Lisle 63600.

Allow the old oil to drain from the oil filter mount for a few minutes.

I usually buy the Ford OEM Motorcraft FL500S oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip Pinky In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber Gasket
Spin On New Oil Filter
Dip your pinky finger in some new SAE 5W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the o-ring will help the new filter form a better seal and make it easier to remove at the next oil change.

Make sure that the rubber gasket from the old filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Do not over tighten the filter and don't use the oil filter wrench to tighten it.

Over tightening the filter may damage the rubber gasket and cause an oil leak.

Lift Up Service Cover
Replace 8mm Screws
Tighten 3 8mm Bolts
Double check that the oil drain bolt and filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Lift up the oil service panel and replace the three 8mm screws. Tighten the screws by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

Torque To 9 Nm
Lower Car From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Lower the car from the jack stands using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

Pour In New SAE 5W-20
Spin On Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Pour in about 7 quarts of the engine's 8 quart total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement.

It is far better to have slightly less oil in an engine than necessary than to have too much.

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by turning it clockwise and push down the dipstick.

Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and allow the engine to rest for 5 to 10 minutes while the oil drains back down to the pan.

Check the oil level on the dipstick. Slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches at or just below the upper hole in the metal.

You may not need to pour in all 8 quarts (7.6L) of the engine's total capacity depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

(The 3.7L V6 engine requires 6.0 U.S. quarts (or 5.7 liters) of new oil for an oil change with filter replacement.)

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records. It's also a good idea to check your driveway or garage during the next week for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the filter.

To reset the oil life system, follow these steps: 1. Press and release the "Setup" button to display "Oil Life xxx%" 2. Press and hold the "Reset" button for a few seconds and then release it. The oil life indicator should now read 100%.

For more, check out my other Ford Mustang Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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