Hi BobsZ and welcome to the Lincoln MKZ Forum. You have outstanding taste in cars! What color exterior/interior? Drivers Package? 🤗
My reply will be in several sections. First, this will be the fact section of my reply: If you check the OEM Michelin Primacy MXM4's, it seems our cars came with one of two tire load ratings. One is a 94V, the other a 98W (my 3.0T AWD has the 98W). So there seems to be some variation in the OEM load ratings. Not sure why the difference.
So my first advice would be to call The Tire Rack and ask one of their fitment specialists about the load rating question. Better to ask the experts than us anonymous Internet mooks. 🙃
Now, on to the hypothetical opinion and discussion section 🤣
There are generally two schools of thought on this.
The first school of thought...That the factory tires are the minimum load rating Lincoln/Ford requires for the MKZ 3.0T. A lower load rating (and therefore a less stiff sidewall) could lead to increased danger of damaged wheels, due to the already low profile sidewall of our tires. Therefore, you need to use a tire with the equivalent load rating as the factory OEM tires.
The second school of thought...You can go lower and essentially any tire recommended by a respected source like The Tire Rack will be okay. Especially since our 3.0T AWD's seem to come with either a 94V or 98W load rating OEM tire.
My opinion? I prefer Michelin (won't bore you with more of that opinion🤣), but since The Tire Rack recommends the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack (with a 94 load index rating), you should be able to use them. But calling and speaking to them directly would be best.
Just as an FYI though...a noisy or rough ride has little to do with load rating and more to do with tire pressures, tread pattern, tread/rubber composition etc etc.
Then lastly...all the usual advice: Keep tire pressures at the Lincoln recommendation on the drivers door placard (38PSI), rotate regularly, have an alignment performed once a year (later in springtime after the hard winter, is the general consensus best time), etc. etc.
Let us know how you make out and good luck.
Couple question for Ultima system owners:
1). Can the Clari-Fi feature be turned on or off for compressed music sources?
2). The wiring diagram shows the tweeters illuminate with the ambient LED lighting, is that so?
Hello. I am in the market for new tires for my 2018 3.0T AWD with 19 inch wheels. Has anyone run the Bridgestone Quiet tracks yet? The factory Mich's are extra load and are very noisy and give a rough ride, plus only lasted 21k miles. Do I need extra load tires or can I use a standard load ? Looking for smooth and quiet and long lasting, over handling. Thanks for any help, I have already looked on tire rack and in this forum related to the Quiet tracks on the Z with 19s.
Izzy - Yes, they are only brake covers. I don't think they make a Brembo brake kit for the 2013+ MKZ's.. at least whenever I did a search on them, I couldn't find any. I have been wanting a simple cold air intake and I can't even find a company that makes those either.
Kramf - A couple of years ago, I wanted a side badge that resembled the new Lincoln Continental & Navigator side badges but could never find any. About a month ago, I came across this one and to answer your question, yes, it does say Lincoln. Bought it off eBay for $46.
That seems to be about the time that most cars (most with Clearcoat) start having that issue.
I never had the issue, but know of others that have.
From what I've read the typical fix is to spend the $$$ to have it re-done.... OR live with it.
The ingredients used then were not 'up to par' and do the peeling.
Personal opinion or what I've read... you issues may vary.