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#1 ctrcbob

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:43 PM

While out having my normal morning coffee at one of the local coffee shops, I got a call from my wife who told me that the battery in her MKZ was dead. Drove home, and sure enough, it was dead. Had enough power for the headlights, but not enough to spin the engine over.

Put it on my charger for ten minutes. Brought the battery up enough to start the car. Drove to my Lincoln Dealer, and they installed a new Motorcraft battery. Car only has 10,000 miles on it.

(My SHO also had the battery go a couple months ago, with about 34,000 miles on it).

Service Advisor says that batteries go because of our HOT Florida summers. Yes, I believe it. The engine compartment in both cars get HOT and cooks the battery.

Both were replaced under warranty.

BTW, I like my Lincoln Dealer Service Department. I have my SHO serviced there also.

 

Edit --- Update on dealer.... I now HATE them since they cheated my wife and me when we had tire problems. Now I find their service department and service writer(s) are thieves. I will no longer go to them again. When the time comes to trade my present MKZ, probably for a 2014 MKZ, it will not be at Plaza Lincoln in Leesburg. I posted about this in another thread so I won't go into to it here, but believe me, their service writer(s) is a scumbag.


Edited by ctrcbob, 10 October 2013 - 06:16 PM.

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#2 robertlane

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:40 PM

While out having my normal morning coffee at one of the local coffee shops, I got a call from my wife who told me that the battery in her MKZ was dead. Drove home, and sure enough, it was dead. Had enough power for the headlights, but not enough to spin the engine over.

Put it on my charger for ten minutes. Brought the battery up enough to start the car. Drove to my Lincoln Dealer, and they installed a new Motorcraft battery. Car only has 10,000 miles on it.

(My SHO also had the battery go a couple months ago, with about 34,000 miles on it).

Service Advisor says that batteries go because of our HOT Florida summers. Yes, I believe it. The engine compartment in both cars get HOT and cooks the battery.

Both were replaced under warranty.

BTW, I like my Lincoln Dealer Service Department. I have my SHO serviced there also.


I grew up in Florida and the humidity is brutal. I'd take our 110-degree heat here in Nevada over the 90-degree Florida heat any day. My E350 lost it's battery last year; although, it's a 2006.

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#3 ctrcbob

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:58 PM

I've been in Phoenix when the temp was 110 and 5% RH. My wife thought it was hot until I showed her how to cool off in the desert.

Many many years ago, I was stationed in the middle east, and an old British RAF Sergeant told me the trick of staying cool in that climate. "Drink a hot cup of tea" is what he said. (In my case, it would be a hot cup of coffee). Sounds crazy, but it works, because something hot, like coffee or tea would tend to make you sweat, however the air out there is so dry, the sweat evaporates immediatly. The process of evaporation cools, so you cool down. (Swampcoolers out in the American SouthWest work on the same principle, water in the cooler evaporates, evaporation cools, and the cooled air is blown into your house).

90/90 is normal in my part of Florida. The good thing about high humidity is that it keeps your skin moist and as you get older, we don't get the "crows feet" around our eyes and mouth, like those who live out there where it is dry.

As for the batteries in both my SHO and my MKZ, they are both in the engine compartment, and inside the compartment, it is HOT.
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#4 Rusty Boltz

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:00 AM

My battery died a few months ago. I bought the car used, and it turns out that the battery was a Motorcraft, but not the original. It was 35 months old, and warranteed for 36 month free replacement. I took it to my local Ford dealer where I get the car serviced, and got a free replacement.

#5 robertlane

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:31 AM

My battery died a few months ago. I bought the car used, and it turns out that the battery was a Motorcraft, but not the original. It was 35 months old, and warranteed for 36 month free replacement. I took it to my local Ford dealer where I get the car serviced, and got a free replacement.

 

Wow - with one month to go to qualify for the FREE replacement  :rockon:


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#6 John M Young

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:02 PM

While out having my normal morning coffee at one of the local coffee shops, I got a call from my wife who told me that the battery in her MKZ was dead. Drove home, and sure enough, it was dead. Had enough power for the headlights, but not enough to spin the engine over.

Put it on my charger for ten minutes. Brought the battery up enough to start the car. Drove to my Lincoln Dealer, and they installed a new Motorcraft battery. Car only has 10,000 miles on it.

(My SHO also had the battery go a couple months ago, with about 34,000 miles on it).

Service Advisor says that batteries go because of our HOT Florida summers. Yes, I believe it. The engine compartment in both cars get HOT and cooks the battery.

Both were replaced under warranty.

BTW, I like my Lincoln Dealer Service Department. I have my SHO serviced there also.

 

Edit --- Update on dealer.... I now HATE them since they cheated my wife and me when we had tire problems. Now I find their service department and service writer(s) are thieves. I will no longer go to them again. When the time comes to trade my present MKZ, probably for a 2014 MKZ, it will not be at Plaza Lincoln in Leesburg. I posted about this in another thread so I won't go into to it here, but believe me, their service writer(s) is a scumbag.

Unless they changed it for 2014...I don't understand how the engine compartment getting hot could cook the 12 volt battery. The 12volt  battery in my 2014 MKZ is in the trunk.



#7 ctrcbob

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:17 PM

Unless they changed it for 2014...I don't understand how the engine compartment getting hot could cook the 12 volt battery. The 12volt battery in my 2014 MKZ is in the trunk.


Prior to the 2013's (2006-2012) the battery is under the hood, and it gets HOT under there. Heat kills these batteries.

Edited by ctrcbob, 18 October 2013 - 07:31 AM.

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#8 Rusty Boltz

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:11 AM

The battery in my '08 has an insulation blanket on it.



#9 ctrcbob

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 07:32 AM

Prior to the 2013's (2006-2012) the battery is under the hood, and it gets HOT under there. Heat kills these batteries.


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#10 John P

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:55 PM

Was the insulation blanket original equipment?



#11 Rusty Boltz

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:02 AM

Was the insulation blanket original equipment?

I don't know. I bought the car used.



#12 Grey_Reserve

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:04 PM

My CPO15 had the battery slowly die. Took it to The dealer and got a free replacement under the bumper-to-bumper remaining warranty. Have to say I was impressed.
The concierge arraigned a quick jump too. Good thing as we just bought groceries when it died.
Nice to see Lincoln standing behind the MKZ!






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