Fluid Leak From Axle Area on Lincoln MKX

A fluid leak may be noted from the axle area. Red fluid is from the transmission. Brown fluid is from the power transfer unit (PTU). Leaks are commonly from the axle seal and/or PTU cover seal. Leaking seals should be replaced as necessary.

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Average mileage: 81,857 (14,000–145,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD
5 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, more2012
32 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
2008 Lincoln MKX76,000
MY 2008 LINCOLN MKX IS ALSO LEAKING RED FLUID. I PARKED IT IN THE GARAGE AND THE NEXT MORNING WHEN I WAS LEAVING TO GO TO WORK I NOTICED A PUDDLE OF RED FLUID IN THE GARAGE SO I CHECKED THE TRANSMISSION FLUID. IT WAS EMPTY SO I ADDED MERC-V TRANSMISSION FLUID AS RECHECKED. IT LOOKED OKAY THEN I LOOKED UNDERNEATH MY CAR AND THE FLUID I HAD JUST PUT IN WAS JUST POURING OUT OF THE VECHICLE AS FAST AS I HAD PUT IT IN. SO I DECIDED TO LOOK AT MY WARRANTY TO SEE IF IT WAS COVERED AND NOTICED IT WAS NOT COVERED DUE TO THE MILEAGE. AS MUCH AS THIS VECHICLE COST YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE ISSUES WITH THIS MILEAGE.ONCE I GET IT FIXED, I WILL GET RID OF IT. I HAD A LEXUS AND DIDN'T HAVE ISSUES WITH IT UNTIL IT HAD 120,000 MILES ON IT. FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN READING I AM STUCK PAYING FOR THE REPAIRS AND FORD IS NOT GOING TO ISSUE A RECALL EVENTHOUGH SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS HAVE HAD THE SAME ISSUES. I WILL NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN. THIS WAS MY 1ST AND WILL BE MY LAST.
My MKX has 84000 mi and I noticed black oil dripping on garage floor. Needs new PTU. Dealer said it was on backorder. He called around and found one. Must be a common problem if it's on backorder. I was thinking of trading next summer. One strike against Ford products. The Jeeps are looking better.
2010 Lincoln MKX39,000
Okay, I have an 2010 MKZ AWD but I'm sure it is very similar to the MKX. Long story short: PTU replaced at 39,000 mi (still under warranty) and now they told me I need the PTU replaced AGAIN and it is only at 82,000 mi but it is NO LONGER UNDER WARRANTY. What ever happened to Lincoln? They used to make great cars. I had a 1991 Town Car and it had almost 200,000 mi on it when I sold it. Now I wish I would have kept that car.
We are leaking oil from what the dealership claims is the differential. The seal has been replaced but there seems to be some gunk or burned oil stuck inside of the differential which is causing too much pressure. The dealership doesn't know if they can flush the differential without removing it and they want me to pay for a replacement. This vehicle is too expensive to have these problems at such low mileage.
2009 Lincoln MKX- AWD46,000
Leak at PTU.
2012 Lincoln MKX- AWD115,000
I take my MKX in for regular 5000 mile oil changes and tire rotation which means I make appointments every 6 weeks. Most recent visit on 4-8-15 I was shown leaking and partially destroyed PTU on the dealer's lift. Cost to replace was approx $2000.00 . Dealer had spare which leads me to conclude there are many such repairs necessary. I drive about 40,000 mles interstae each year and this company owned car is in top condition. Like the wheel bearing problem on my earlier MKX, I have to believe this is an engineering or assembly problem and needs Ford's immediate attention for this luxury car. Otherwise this is a great vehicle; superior to any Jeep I had in the past. David Columbus OH
2009 Lincoln MKX- AWD14,000
never again
2007 Lincoln MKX- AWD115,000
Power transfer unit leaking
2009 Lincoln MKX- AWD90,000
Leaking fluid and whinning as I go down the road. I bought this hoping it would be a good one. Mmmmm not so sure now.
2008 Lincoln MKX- AWD145,000
Transfer case aluminum cast housing completely broken into fragments / destroyed. Appears as though seal(s) failed in recent -20 f cold weather. Nearly impossible to get to, much less notice any fluids stains on snow / slush covered roads so I could have fixed before catastrophic failure. Absolutely horrible design, should be recalled warranty. Lincoln / Ford, when we are told there is over a month wait for replacement part as it is a common failure, I would of hoped you would have fixed this for your customers. Thanks for using your crappy seals that cost me a $4,000 repair bill, I hope you get stranded on the highway as well and enjoy the same feelings I did due to your poor design and customer care.
2010 Lincoln MKX- AWD77,000
Not repaired as of 2/11/15
2008 Lincoln MKX- AWD91,000
I'm leaking gear lube and have to replace the PTU at a cost of $2000.
2007 Lincoln MKX- AWD57,494
I also have both rear axle seals leaking, even though car is 7yrs old, I have low miles and so I should'nt have these problems,I thought Lincoln was suppose to be good cars,this don't make any sense. I was thinking about getting a new Lincoln but I don't think so now, should be recall since other people having same Problems.Magic City Ford,Roanoke,VA told me about this problem when I had my oil change on 9-12-14
2008 Lincoln MKX- FWD97,000
PTU had a slow leak
2009 Lincoln MKX- AWD87,500
noise from r.f. wheel dealer confirmed RTU
2008 Lincoln MKX- AWD88,900
I have to replace the PTU, $1350.00
2007 Lincoln MKX- AWD95,000
just started to leak on the pass. side
2008 Lincoln MKX- AWD104,000
2008 Lincoln MKX - Fluid Leak at PTU
2008 Lincoln MKX- AWD97,000
First the drive shaft went at about 90000 miles and now the PTU unit has to be replaced. Had reported transmission problems from when I first bought the vehicle (new 26 miles). Was told that there was no read out as to any problems. Complained to dealership that shifting was slow. Told me that the mechanic said he could not find anything wrong. Lived with it. The vehicle has had 3 injectors replaced at once, front hub bearings replaced, rear lid latching mechanism replaced, ABS sensor assembly replaced, power train control module replaced. THINK THIS CAR MIGHT BE A LEMON?????
2008 Lincoln MKX33,000
We were experiencing a burning smell that we thought was oil dripping on the engine. I took my car to the dealership where I purchased my pre-owned vehicle and was just called and told it was actually the axle seals that were leaking. They have ordered replacement parts for my car and I should be able to pick it up tomorrow.
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