Grunting or Grinding Noise From Front Brakes on Lincoln MKS

A grunting or grinding type noise may be noted from the front brakes. Our technicians tell us the problem is generally caused by the front brake caliper anchor brackets which can cause abnormal brake rotor and pad wear. The repair commonly involves replacing the brake pads and rotors and updating the caliper anchor brackets with revised parts.

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Average mileage: 30,741 (5,000–81,000)
4 model years affected: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
18 people reported this problem
9 people shared problem details
2009 Lincoln MKS26,000
At 13K miles the front right brake was worn out per my dealer....It was a wear item so no help, called Ford and no help. At 18K, the front right brake was gone again, a lot of noise and uneasy feeling when stopping from the right front end. Replaced pad, etc. Now at 26,000 we have been experiencing the same problem from the right front brake. Dealer says they are worn out. And it must be the driver. But all the other brakes are in fine condition. Why does one pad/rotor keep going bad? The Lincoln customer service # answers "Ford" and offers no appropriate treatment for customers of this price car....I've had 3 Navigators, 1 LS, and this MKS; I think we will be trading for a different brand soon. Cars these days should not have these design/performance problems; and Lincoln doesn't seem to care.
2010 Lincoln MKS34,000
I've had the same problem since I purchased the car with 34,000 miles used in April 2013. Dealer claimed I needed a wheel alignment which did not correct the problem. On feb 28, 2014, Now at 46,000 miles, I took it to another dealer and he has a report from Ford that the Mks, flex and the Taurus all have rotor warnings and they are replacing my rotors free when I return next week. Hope this corrects the grinding noise.
2010 Lincoln MKS19,000
Brought 2010 mks in for noise and or odd feeling in front end. brake pads and rotors need replacing and also the rim is bad???? $1700.00. No help from dealer.
2010 Lincoln MKS5,000
Every 5,000 miles to be exact! have a 2010 Lincoln MKS AWD W/ Special Appearance Pkg/wheels. Since 2010 through current day 2015, I have had the brake pads rotors calipers etc etc etc replaced up to six times. I recently again had them fixed in the spring of 2015, and just went in for a routine oil change, now August 2015 and again was told that the rear pads and rotors need to be replaced. I have been fortunate 3 out of the 6 repairs Ford/Lincoln in Michigan has picked up the cost for some of the the repairs. However I consistently deal with noisy, gripping, grinding & pulsating sensation/noises especially going down steep hills. It is my opinion that the weight of this vehicle was not matched properly to the specs of the brake assembly design for this car. I don't know if this will ever be resolved. I now have 105,000 miles on the car and hope that they would fix this on future generations i.e when they bring back the Lincoln Town Car. I wonder if they could take a special break assembly pkg from a truck or race car and retrofit to this car? Additionally to note, the 20" tires are very sensitive (Michelin Primacy MV4, now -finally discontinued) and constantly getting tears/worn areas (probably replaced 3-4 in addition to 2 rounds of there is a new tire from Michelin that replaces that one.... And, lastly the beautiful chrome on these 22" rims is flaking off and it seems to affect seal of tire badly, so I have often low air pressure- so I have to over-inflate to 39-42 psi...I am a female executive and drive like an old lady and rarely speed or use the brakes (I downshift/or coast to stops to avoid using brakes)! These are not driver issues rather expensive details that have been overlooked when they designed the car specs and made recommended parts.
2009 Lincoln MKS60,000
I have a 2007 MKZ (not S) and I started having the problem around 2013. Prior to then I seldon heard the noise but ALWAYS reported it because it was under warranty. It then got so loud that I was afraid to drive. I complained to Ford & the dealer & ended up getting a new front end and coming out of my pocket for $700 of a $3,000 bill because at that time it was no longer under warranty. That lasted a little over year and now I am back with the noise.
2013 Lincoln MKS17,000
Took to local dealership. Since it has a salvage title, nothing was covered. Estimate to fix-$800
I purchased a certified pre-owned Lincoln MKS March of 2013. The night I did the test drive I heard a funny rubbing noise, the dealership serviced it the next day and found nothing (as they claim) wrong. A month and a half later the problem was still there, I took it to be serviced and they changed out the rotors, pads and the calibers. Problems never went away, in the year that I have owned the car it has been in the shop 5 times going to be number 6 come tomorrow morning. I am fortunate to have a Great dealership that is making every attempt at fixing my car, however it is becoming very annoying to say the least!!!
2010 Lincoln MKS28,900
I bought the car from CarMax 3 months ago and the car had just under 25,000. Within a week, I noticed a grinding noise from the front brake when I pressed on the brake pedal. Took it back to CarMax and they turned the rotors and told me that there was absolutely no unusual wear on the brakes and that there was plenty of pad left. Now at 28,900, the same problem is re-occurring. I plan to return tomorrow to CarMax as this needs to be repaired once and for all.
Have had the brakes and rotors replaced 5 times, about time to look up Michigan lemon laws. Started when the car was new.
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