Lincoln MKZ Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Lincoln MKZ
- why would the starter turn slow, then turn faster?
- The seat air bag indicator has gone off and is staying lit.
- How long can I go in miles before needing to change spark plugs?
- My heated seats and remote starter are not working. Any advise on where to look?
- Is there a recall for broken front door handles on a 2010 MKZ?
Lincoln MKZ Problems
The ignition key may become stuck in the ignition lock, possibly associated with a binding shifter bezel. Our technicians tell us that if the shifter knob is sticking or the shifter bezel is binding the affected part should be replaced.
The automatic transmission may develop shifting concerns. On lower mileage vehicles, upgrading the software in the powertrain control module (PCM) and the transmission control module (TCM) may correct the problem. As the mileage increases, internal transmission damage can occur. Repairs could involve replacement of the valve body or a complete transmission rebuild. Whenever major transmission repairs are made, it is important to be sure the PCM and the TCM have the latest software updates to help prevent these issues from reoccurring.
The trunk lid may not latch closed, this is generally caused by the trunk latch sticking in the open position. Our technicians tell us that in most cases the trunk latch assembly will need to be replaced to correct this issue.
Lincoln MKZ Questions
Lincoln MKZ Recalls
The Restraint Control Module (RCM) is the "brains" behind the airbag system. Portions of the module are coated to help prevent moisture intrusion. The coating can crack and when exposed to humidity the printed circuit board may short circuit. This could cause one or more of the airbag system components not to function as expected in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Replacement parts are currently not available, a second notification letter will be sent when they are and dealers will perform the necessary repairs.
The recliner mechanism for one or both front seats may have been improperly welded to the seat frame. As a result, the seatback may become loose or lean, increasing the risk of injury in the event of certain types of crashes. Dealers will replace the affected seatbacks to correct this concern.
All late model vehicles with an automatic transmission have been designed so the shifter cannot be moved out of the park position unless the brake pedal is depressed. Certain MKZ vehicles are being recalled because the transmission range sensor may not function correctly, allowing the transmission to be shifted out of park without fist applying the brake pedal. This could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software to correct this concern.
Lincoln MKZ Reviews
80K miles largely trouble free with regular maintenance. Now the following failed at the same time: Air bag sensor - ~ $1000 Front power transfer unit ~$1200 Driveshaft - $1000 Wheel bearing seized - ~$800 Internet is filled with stories about PTUs and driveshafts failing. Not much I can do about airbag because local mechanics won't service them. 80K and 7 years might be considered ...
Purchased vehicle new and now have almost 40k miles. Had to replace brake pads and service rotors at 25k; replaced two batteries, and tires at 32K (I replace earlier than most people I think). Have really enjoyed the ride and luxury of the Lincoln. The engine is strong enough for me and am not into handling as much as smooth cruising.
Going on 4 years and the car still runs exceptionally well. I have had no problems with it.