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Lincoln MKZ Harsh or Delayed Shifting of Automatic Transmission

Lincoln MKZ Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 81,109 mi (18,755 mi - 180,000 mi)


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.

  • , , AWD, 130,000 mi

    Harsh delayed shifting failure to shift into gear

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  • , , AWD, 36,000 mi

    This is a random intermittent problem that cannot be purposefully duplicated. Occasionally, the transmission will shift so harshly that it feels like I've been rear ended. It will continue to do this for a few minutes and then the problem goes away for weeks. Still under the drive train warranty for another month and half, so taking it to a dealership.

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  • , , FWD, 159,000 mi

    Problems shifting, especially when going up hill.
    Although my car has 160,000 miles on it, it's been doing it for probably 30,000 miles.

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  • , , FWD, 29,500 mi

    Rough shift into first sometimes.

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  • , , AWD, 71,076 mi

    The car has trouble shifting into gear - worse when going uphill

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  • , , FWD, 75,000 mi

    Downshifting very hard! Valve body was replaced under extended warranty. Shifting normal now. At the same time my air conditioner started blowing one side hot one side cold.

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  • , , FWD, 18,755 mi

    Hard shift into next gear when it hit around 30mph. Took it to dealership and they reprogrammed the transmission and still does it. Will be taking it back.

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  • , , FWD, 50,000 mi

    I have noticed an increasing issue with the timing on the transmission shift. The car jerks into the next gear around 30mph when slowing down. I think it also has the same issue occasionally when increasing speed, again around 30mph. Car is not under warranty anymore. Any suggestions on whether the dealership is the best place to start. They tend to be more expensive than other shops.

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  • , , AWD, 44,500 mi

    Slipping out of gear or not going into gear.. Transmission shop said 4000 to fix.. Nightmare..

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