Lincoln MKZ Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Lincoln MKZ

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Lincoln MKZ Problems

Harsh or Delayed Shifting of Automatic Transmission

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 Ignition Key May Become Stuck in the Ignition Lock Cylinder

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.

Power Steering Fluid Leak From Pump, Hose, or Steering Gear

The power steering may leak fluid at the pump, hose, or steering gear. This can be caused by one or more hoses not being clamped tightly enough. The repair involves adding new clamps and seals to the power steering hoses at the pump and steering gear.

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Lincoln MKZ Questions

Why do my park light fuse keep blowing? (1 answer)

My park light fuse keeps blowing and I don't know why.

I lost my key but have a replacement. Which I always have to put in a little box (1 answer)

Inside the compartment every time its too cold my car don't want to start what could be the problem

dealer says need to replace/repair timing cover gasket? how long can I wait? (1 answer)

Dealer found problem on recent service visit, says it is very important to repair and could lead to serious problems if not fixed soon. But it is very expensive, over $3,000. I have not seen any leaking on ground when parked.

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Lincoln MKZ Recalls

Front Seat Belt Anchor Fails In An Accident

The seat belt anchor cables may fail when exposed to heat caused by deployment of seat belt pre-tensioners in an accident. This could result in the seat belt not restraining passengers as needed in an accident. Dealers will apply a protective coating to the seat belt cable free of charge to resolve the concern.

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Fuel Tank May Crack In Crash

The fuel tank walls may be made with insufficient thickness, and may crack and leak in a crash. Dealers will replace affected fuel tanks free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Lincoln MKZ Reviews

My MKZ is a dream. I have 21,000 miles on it and have averaged 40.8 for the total MPG. Its a little tighter that my old town car when getting in and out but the pluses outweigh the minuses. GPS is a little to get used to over my Garmin. The ride is quiet but not quite as smooth as the town car was. Car has required no maintenance except oil changes and tire rotations. On a 3000 mile trip I...
Bought 2011 Lincoln MKZ new. Have had for four years. Had to replace battery much earlier than most. Had to replace diver's side door latch. Had to repair air conditioner's sensor for over $600! I really expected more for my money from a name like "Ford Lincoln MKZ."
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 ...

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