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    Recall fixed overseas

    I'd call Lincoln again and tell them you struck out (or try the dealer you purchased the car from - make it their problem). I assume this is the PCU recall for the catalytic convertor? (mine is out in the car).
  2. Well, I just replaced my left bank exhaust manifold & Cat. Holy S....what a PITA (2014, 3.7L motor). The POS aftermarket manifold I put on in 2018 had two cracks. Rock Auto covered it under the five year warranty, but the mental and physical scars from the installation will haunt me forever. If an oil change is a 2 on a 1-10 difficulty scale, this was an 8. All told, it took me about 8 hours from start to finish. Getting to the fasteners was an exercise in frustration and I used all manner of sockets/extensions,u-joints and wrenches. The studs came out, so I put in six new ones (which greatly simplified installation). The car has been louder at start up for several months and my MPG dropped by about 3 mpg. I knew it must have been cracked. My neighbor, who owns the local service station put in the 1st one and said it was pretty difficult. That cost me $400 (plus $200 for the cat). Lincoln wanted $1,100 for the job. Back in 2018, I assumed the Lincoln cat would be pretty pricey, so I went via Rock Auto. A Lincoln cat is only $290 via the Ford Internet parts houses, wish I had gone that route in 2018. That cat also did not solve the P0430 code, so I've been using a spark plug fouler for the past year to avoid the code. I think that first manifold might have been cracked from the get-go. Now quiet and no code or pending codes and my first tank of gas is back to over 26 mpg. I'm just realizing now that I didn't take any photos. Pray you 3.7L people never have to do this. I sure hope my right manifold holds up. The good news is the replacement manifold from Rock Auto was visibly of a better quality, made by Davico. The car currently has 172,000 miles on it.
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    Using a Floor Jack

    Purchased a new low profile jack last year - problem solved. On the front, I just use the support member just in front of the motor. On the rear, I put a 4" extension piece on the jack pad (see attachment) and go up between the suspension mount.
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    GPS Map Update '14 MKZ

    Yep, for $2X, might as well update.
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    GPS Map Update '14 MKZ

    I never updated mine, that link is dead - what did you search for on Ebay? Lincoln sent me a flyer to upgrade for $149. I have never used the NAV (Wayz on my phone is easier), but I want to keep it updated for future resale.
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    Coolant flush/transmission oil

    I was considering getting rid of that noise reduction box as well! I'm due for a drain/fill in a few thousand miles.
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    Cabin Air Filter

    That's pretty wild and a bit disappointing. I'd say to the service center, I'll need 10 free oil changes OR you can disassemble and clean my entire cabin air system to clear it for dead mice/vermin, your call. (doubt there are any dead mice inside). I've never changed my cabin air filter......
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    Service Manuals 2014 MKZ, MKS, MKT

    Gotcha - you qualify (SBC - small British car!)
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    Service Manuals 2014 MKZ, MKS, MKT

    No kidding - do you have a SBC?
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    Service Manuals 2014 MKZ, MKS, MKT

    That is incredible! Thanks for the find and share. Wish I could download and print a copy, but hopefully it stays available. Thanks so much!
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    Rear Pads - Replaced at 137,000 Miles

    10k changes for me, with synthetic oil and Pure One filters. (still had 10% showing at the last change, at 10k). I did a Blackstone lab analysis at 100k, they said I could easily push it to 15k, but 10k works, so I stuck with that (same regimen on my Altima) 70k drain/fill on the trans fluid as well.
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    Rear Pads - Replaced at 137,000 Miles

    Lots of oil changes!
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    Rear Pads - Replaced at 137,000 Miles

    Yes, but that is actually off my usual pace. I bought the MKZ in the June 2016, it had 15k on it. My previous car, an '08 Altima had 399,890 miles when the transmission gave up the ghost. Before that, an '03 Accord that went around 330k. I changed positions in my company and I'm now not traveling daily
  14. I'm pretty pleased with the life of the brake pads on my 2014 3.7 Both front and rear pads were still OEM original at 137,000 miles. I had to change the oil and rotate the tires today, so I decided to do the rear pads. I bought a front/rear set of Wagner Thermoquiet Ceramic (#QC1665) pads months ago thinking replacement was imminent. I"m glad that I pulled the rears, they were down to 4 mm. The fronts still look like 10-12 mm thick, easy, so they'll go a bit longer. No squealers on new pads these days, so you need to pay attention. The rotors feel great, which is also amazing. I usually warp mine around 125k, from previous vehicle experience (and then just live with it) Getting the rear Electronic Parking break into maintenance mode took a bit of fiddling, but easy enough. I bought the piston tool to rotate the piston in, but that wasn't necessary, they simply push back. Getting a c-clamp into position was a little tricky. A standard piston pusher would have been the way to go, I'll pick up one (my gave up the ghost a few years ago, a c-clamp was then put into action). But the electronic motor for the EPS interferes with the c-clamp positioning, and you definitely don't want to damage any of those components.
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    TSB 14-0204

    Update: I had the car at my local dealer. They said a reflash wouldn't solve the problem, and my Bank 2 catalytic convertor was bad and the Vapor canister purge valve. They quoted $1400 for the job. The dealer charged me $173 to diagnose. I ordered the parts from Rock Auto and had my buddy do the job at his service station. $200.79 - Catalytic Convertor $25.89 - Canister Purge Valve While he was in that area, I thought he might as well replace the Vent Valve as well, and they recommended replacing the wire connector $15.00 - Canister Vent Valve $28.79 - wire connector So - $312.54 - Parts (w/shipping & tax) $450.00 - Labor $762.54 - Total My buddy said while there was just enough room to get the cat out/in but it wasn't exactly an easy job.