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  1. Zalvern

    Blower Motor Replacement

    You get what you pay for, or dealing with mark up pricing. I would stick with OEM, especially when involving HVAC components. For brand new, search for the part between https://www.tascaparts.com/ and https://www.rockauto.com/ Rock Auto: https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/lincoln,2013,mkz,2.0l+l4+turbocharged,3294212,heat+&+air+conditioning,blower+motor,6916 Tasca: https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/ford-blower-motor-dg9z19805b/?c=Zz1odmFjJnM9ZXZhcG9yYXRvci1jb21wb25lbnRzJmk9SlAxMzE4NTUmcj05JmE9bGluY29sbiZvPW1reiZ5PTIwMTMmdD1iYXNlJmU9Mi0wbC1sNC1nYXM%3D $65 bucks on Rock Auto, while $10 more on Tasca (compare shipping between the two). I tend to cross shop between these two sites for when seeking OEM parts cheaper than what Fordparts.com demands. I only go to Fordparts if neither site has what I am looking for (usually and only when the vehicle is newly released). Hope that helps, as for installing: A Ford Fusion guide should be just fine as a baseline.
  2. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    The front and rear camera is just a must. All it takes is just one time to think "Thank god I have this camera setup". It will be helpful should one witness an accident, and want to offer the video evidence to a victim. The final level is adding a 360 camera to view the entire interior (and surroundings of the car). If you want to catch door dingers, key scratchers, etc. and what not when they happen. The Aukey added a parking monitor OBDII power connector. I use that now for my front and rear since the OBDII power port is great for dash cameras and radar detectors. Despite not really caring that much for my Focus, its heavily secured with cameras and interesting the things I catch even if it does not involve my vehicle.
  3. Zalvern

    Livernois Tune Times...

    Dang, stinks to hear your Mustang's transmission failed. I hope it got better for you afterwards. It is, the nature of the beast with drag racing, and why I don't make too much of a big deal how well a non-drag focused vehicle performs. Without drag-focused radials, the vehicle is already bottle necked by its rubber if rolling street tires. MKZ will require this along with good overall track prep and DA readings to hit high 11's. Otherwise, won't see that kind of performance on a time slip. The MKZ and other cars in general will just be more true to their abilities outside of the strip. So the nice thing is whatever time slips one pulls off, its actually doing better than that on real life roads. Of course, always drive responsibly and respectfully!
  4. Zalvern

    Fake Engine RPM Sound Every 30 Seconds

    You can try a battery disconnect, but what would be better is to use FORScan if you're up to the task. You will need a OBDII scantool like OBD MX along with a laptop though. It is the Audio Control Module (ACM) that controls the artificial engine sounds. With FORScan, you can reset the ACM or even modify it to stop producing the artificial engine noise. This would also alert you to any DTC that may hint the ACM isn't functioning properly. If not tech savvy or too nervous though, will have to get a dealer to use the Ford tool to fix...but honestly, they're going to charge you more than what getting a OBD MX would cost you (and FORScan program is free).
  5. I have attached the 2020 MKZ Order Guide, courtesy of ice-capades on the Blue Oval Forums. Quick summary: New paint options over retiring ones: Empire Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (L3) Magma Red Clearcoat (E2) Red Carpet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (D4) Silver Radiance Clearcoat (JS) Some package options have changed around. A new Monochromatic Package that gets a unique wheel and grille appearance. Limited to Reserve trim with only Infinite Black or White Metallic paint jobs. MKZ made no cut backs or downgrades compared to 2019 from what I could see. A carry over year as expected till the inevitable return of Zephyr. 2020 Lincoln MKZ Order Guide.pdf
  6. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    So the fleet sheet foretold the future. With all the deleted and downgrade changes, this looks more like the final year for the Fusion. If I read it right, they're removing the led headlights with halogens only. This must be an attempt to clear out 2019s that will be better equipped with features. The 2019 Fusion Sport is by far the best the Fusion will ever get in balance of features and performance, as it became the real top trim tier. Reverted the passenger power seat back to how it was in 2014, with limited position function over driver. Ditched having an actual spare tire for a inflator kit. This is production cost reduction and phasing out steps. Either Fusion is done next year (expected), or some magic happens and it appears on CD6. Well at least the MKZ shouldn't be feature gutted this badly. Perhaps just more streamlined packaging.
  7. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    That was my first thought, so I dug up previous year fleet brochures and the Fusion Sport is on there. Generally if Ford plans (A,Z, and X) are valid, the vehicle is also available for fleet purchase. Black Label vehicles are one exception to that rule. That is how I conclude Fusion Sport got removed, and most likely for reasons you say too.
  8. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/brochures/2019/2020_Fleet Preview Guide_Spreads.pdf This will give some insight on carry over models for 2020 (late year replacements like the 2020 Escape and Corsair are not listed yet). The Fusion Sport is completely gone. Ouch, so now Fusions can only be had with 4 cylinders. Well the power gap between Fusion and MKZ is potentially huge now. Standard 3.0 Aviator got its Torque bumped up to 415 (matches the Explorer ST now). No changes made to MKZ or Continental, unless I missed something (minus paint color choices?). They still will get the ol' 6 speed transmission. Time to wait for the next end of the year Auto Show for Lincoln to reveal hopefully CD6 Zephyr and Continental.
  9. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    I started with intentions to do a custom loop, so I bought an Asus Maximus Formula board. Learned of the 360 Ryujin AIO and thus dropped a custom loop plan for the ROG theme (decided to keep the Formula board regardless even if you do not water cool it). PC building is my other tinkering hobby. Mostly keep it a black/white theme but here is an gradient rainbow mode with a picture below. One RGB part led to another...hah! The Phanteks Eclipse P600S case is my favorite to date. In other news, I may return to having a 3.0 Engine again! But it very well may be the Aviator for I could appreciate having more space given my travel lifestyle, and PHEV is something I can benefit from (not a fan of pure electric). I await to hear more on MKZ 2020 MY ordering information though. Grand Touring Aviator isn't open for ordering yet.
  10. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    MKZ will be reborn, that is a given. When and what it'll be is exactly still a mystery (unless you work in the heart of engineering design and testing). 2020 Ordering information should come out soon. Maybe they'll update the transmission to the 8-speed, Gen3 Adaptive Cruise Control, and HUD option at some more enticing features. If the Fusion is going to last that long as well, surely it'll see some decent upgrades beyond new paint choices.
  11. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Well done. @Chris109Thanks for the guide how to clean install the wiring. This should be helpful for anyone else looking to do this themselves.
  12. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Precise reason why I chose this dual camera: The powered rear sunshade will have enough clearance to function. A itty bit may rub against the camera as the shade goes up, but does not interrupt function or get stuck when retracting down. Rear camera unit records in 1080p as well. You can have the shade up while the camera still sees everything just fine. I have taken my vehicle surveillance to the next level: Razo d'Action 360 Camera! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07M8P8Q2Y?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title Pricy for sure, but I really like this unit. I still use the Aukey DR02 since those cameras are good for showing vehicles in distance. But the Razo 360 camera comes into play for side views and potentially defense against car vandals. It's fun to use for other things beyond just dash/parking surveillance. The 4k resolution is really nice too.
  13. https://www.motor1.com/news/345257/lincoln-zephyr-return-rumor/amp/ https://leftlanenews.com/lincoln/lincoln-mkz-successor-to-resurrect-zephyr-name-get-rwd/ https://carbuzz.com/news/is-the-lincoln-zephyr-sedan-making-a-comeback https://www.caranddriver.com/news/amp27180235/lincoln-zephyr-mkz-sedan-future/ https://www.autoevolution.com/news/lincoln-mkz-could-be-replaced-with-all-new-zephyr-rwd-sedan-133854.html These all have appeared around Corsair's debut. My initial take is MKZ will evolve into the Mustang's equivalent in time. The current S550 will stick around longer, but that will be so Lincoln can pioneer a CD6 coupe that will be one step ahead of the Mustang. What helps Lincoln stay exciting are the new advancements that keep it ahead of Ford cousins. Combined with more invested interior and passenger involvement, to justify that luxury premium feel of spending more. Engine Choices: 3.0T will be a given. I would absolutely love to have a 5.0L Coyote Grand Touring Hybrid for the top tier performance choice. That motor is under works for future Mustang but might have a surprise show up in a vehicle like this first. If destined for creation, such a vehicle will come 2020 - 2021 (with solid information coming as 2019 begins to end). Here's hoping! I'll definitely hold off caving to the Aviator in order to return back in a heavily evolved MKZ.
  14. There it is...the Corsair appears. Website information that is. Actual reveal will be in about 9 hours from now. Lincoln did good justice inside and out for this segment. This is a very nice vehicle.
  15. Zalvern

    What’s your next car?

    ACC allows for larger gaps between vehicles than what most drivers are used to. Even at the smallest distance setting, it allows for what the system is programmed to consider a safe distance. Faster you go, the larger the gap between vehicles. Quite the amount of drivers ride too close depending on speed, especially if they do not use ACC. I'll admit the one thing to beware with ACC is the gap may invite poor drivers to literally cut in front of you if traffic starts to tighten up. In my MKZ, I would turn off ACC as some drivers will lane change abruptly due to the distance gap, and upset the cruise with sudden brakes. I would drive "close enough" to a vehicle in front, of mine, just to deter abrupt lane changes. So once traffic is getting heavier, I usually drop the ACC. On a side note, the latest ACC on the Aviator is able to adjust based on Speed Limits signs. I actually will like that feature at times. Want to see if it will allow for a grace speed limit factor. ...and now, two more days till New York Auto Show presses should spill the beans on remaining vehicles. Though Ford leaked the arrival of the HP 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang.