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About MediumWilly22

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  1. MediumWilly22

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Condolences friend. It's not just a car. It's countless hours of research and planning, hard work and busted knuckles. It becomes a source of comfort and pride. Almost a family member. But, unlike a family member, it's just metal and rubber. The end of one great vehicle, can be the beginning of another.
  2. MediumWilly22

    Grabbing Brakes

    I have experienced this issue. It was a sticking caliper slide. Lincoln makes an updated rebuild kit that hopefully will prevent this pattern failure in the future. I'm not 100% sure, but this most likely will apply to all models regardless of power train.
  3. MediumWilly22

    Grabbing Brakes

    Sounds like a sticking caliper slide.
  4. MediumWilly22

    Terrible look

    Sweet snow mullet man!
  5. MediumWilly22

    Spinning Lug Nut

    Guess I should have watched the second video before I shot my mouth off. The first video was so long though. Yeah, that sucks...
  6. MediumWilly22

    Spinning Lug Nut

    Ok. I get that. The cover is hollow and deforms over time so the lug wrench doesn't fit anymore. Seen that hundreds of times. Ford has been using the same lug nuts since I was a tire jocky in the nineties. Ha! I thought that was the dealer's explaination of the spinning lug nut. My bad, different people... The stud is probably spinning. It's rare, but over-tightening or cross-threading can possibly spin the stud in it's hub seat stripping the splines. This would probably manifest itself the next time you remove your wheels after the offending service. This can be tough to fix in your driveway. I've extracted the nut from the stud in this situation by applying pressure to the back of the stud with a large prybar. Sometimes a little more hold is all you need. If that doesn't work, I've used an angle grinder to lop off the head of the stud from the back and it should pop out, maybe with a little coercion from a hammer and punch. Once again gentlemen, drilling out a lug nut and stud from the front is a painful way to approach this type of problem. And certainly damaging to your rims. BTW, I use aftermarket lug nuts myself. Currently sporting a nice quality set of Rays.
  7. MediumWilly22

    Spinning Lug Nut

    I've never heard of swollen lug nuts. Can someone inform me how in the world that might happen?
  8. MediumWilly22

    2014 MkZ Performance Mods

    The brace nearly fits like it was supposed to be there. It does stand a little tall. The corners of the brace just kiss the hood insulation leaving little one inch divits. I was slightly concerned that this may effect the hood vs. fender gaps over time, but I've had it installed for about 4 months with no issue. Due to the minor angle change of the hood strut, the hood opens a little quicker and takes just a little more force to close. It also stands taller when open. I like it, it's trick. Besides that, the hood latches and releases just like before. The strut even parks itself perfectly clear of obstacles when the hood closes. I was actually pleasently surprised at how well this setup works. Steering feels ever so slightly lighter and more precise. It does what you would expect a strut tower brace to do, for those of us that have had them before, but it's the sum of the parts right? I'm thinking of trying the front sway bar. I haven't done any homework on that yet though. If anyone else digs any info up on that, I'd like to know too.
  9. Right on. You da man Devin. Good job! I'm def going to do this.
  10. I've had the K&N installed for years with nothing to report except better performance. Too much air cleaner oil will definitely trip a sensor as that oil is vacuumed into the combustion chamber.
  11. With both banks throwing codes, it has to be something in common with all cylinders, i.e. air intake or overall fuel pressure. CEL codes don't always point directly to the culprit. If you don't have a code reader with sensor monitors, you can check your O2 sensors by putting a multi-meter on them with the engine running. The voltage should be continuously variable. This is what techs call "voltage switching". If the voltage is a constant value or none, replace that 02 sensor. There is also a range that the voltage should switch between which will vary by vehicle. If it is out-of-range, that denotes a problem with the internal combustion process. This shows that the sensor is doing its job by detecting inefficient combustion. More diagnosis is required. There is a common misconception about how these things work. Your average auto tech may not even know this. Scary. That's why no one touches my car except me. Downstream 02 sensors work in the same fashion, except an out-of-range condition points to a bad catalyst process.
  12. Dag. That's cold. I'm a tech. I don't think you know how they work based on your explanation of the problem. Good luck
  13. Don't shoot the messenger. The O2 sensors are telling you there is a problem, which is why they are there. Upstream O2 sensors detect the amount of harmful emissions going into the catalytic converter. If they detect a problem, it's probably time for a tune-up. It's hard to tell by just knowing the fault code exactly what the problem is. A good technician will check active engine monitors and long and short term fuel trim to help pin-point the exact parts to remove and check for wear or malfunction. He may also check the voltage to the sensors themselves to make sure the proper voltage switching is occuring. Long story short, Advanced Auto cannot even begin to steer you in the right direction.
  14. MediumWilly22

    anyone else having these issues with their 2014?

    Aside from my above trunk comment, which I eventually fixed by disconnecting my battery for a couple of mins, I haven't had any other issues with my 2014.
  15. MediumWilly22

    Hot Rod Lincoln

    Glad to see another tuner here. I'd like to see those pics too. Welcome.