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Viking

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  1. Viking

    New Tires

    I put Michelin Cross Climate tires on my Z last winter, and was pretty happy with them. I rode on them all summer as well, as they are a Four Season tire. Nokia makes one as well. I ride a motorcycle most of the summer so did not wish to bother with two sets of tires is why I went with the Four Season style. I live in a part of Ontario which is even more northerly than Minneapolis.
  2. These cars are quite well built. I bought a 2012 with only 50K miles on it, just last January, and all and all I have been relatively happy with it, with the exception of the following. What the largest problem that I can see with these vehicles after a few miles is driveshafts. I have only just had to replace the driveshaft in mine. This only applies to All Wheel Drive models, and perhaps only to those that live in the climates to deteriorate them. Near the ocean would probably be one circumstance. I live in a climate that gets snow for five to seven months of the year, with the resulting salt and calcium chloride applications, which may have contributed to the malfunction of the driveshaft. Research after the fact supplied the information that the Ford Edge, Transit, Escape and Explorer, Lincoln MKT and MKX, all with three piece/two hanger bearing driveshafts are well known for breaking down at about 30 to 40 thousand mile intervals. There are several TSBs on the subject. The driveshaft in the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ are two piece with a single hanger bearing, and so are not as prevalent a problem. When the driveshaft was out of this car, the U-joints could not be flexed by hand in either of two directions 180 degrees from each other. This caused a serious vibration in the driveline that shook the entire car up to 25 MPH, after which it would smooth out. Incidentally, one day it was fine and the next day it was vibrating. These are supposedly not repairable, only replaceable, and are an expensive part. Changing them is a half hour job if one has access to a hoist. Eight bolts (four each front and back) and two nuts holding the carrier bearing in the middle. Put blue locktight on the front and rear eight bolts. As far as the non repairability goes, Amazon sells both reman'd and new with the reman'd being half the cost of the new. There are also repair kits shown. I went ahead and bought new because of the condition of the car otherwise. Aside from this unpleasantness, my 2012 is as tight as and rides like a new car. I bought it to be my winter car (what with the AWD and all) but it is so pleasant to drive that it has become my daily driver.
  3. Viking

    SiriusXM subscription offers?

    I don't have the revel system, just the old old 9 speaker whatever that they had in 2012, but I bought the car for winter driving originally. I use the USB stick system, which gives me awesome sounding music, and only what I want to hear with no extras, no cutouts and always great sound. Sirius here in Canada is hellish expensive. I have two cars, a truck and two motorcycles, which all have SiriusXM radio capability, and to equip them all would be about $300 a year, and that is with all the deals for use on multi vehicles. After each six month trial per vehicle for the ones that got that promo, I almost had to change my email address, name, telephone number and address to get them to stop calling with "deals" that were not deals. Oh, and the car turned out to be such a nice driver that I drove it all summer as well. Nice cars these Lincoln MKZs. And yes, I realize that this is a revival of a 2019 thread.
  4. Viking

    Power steering leak

    Ford power steering hoses tend to go anytime after 10 or 12 years of use, and 2008 to now is just about right. The only solution is to replace the hose. They are not repairable. A shop service manual is very useful. Cost: https://www.autozone.com/suspension-steering-tire-and-wheel/power-steering-pressure-line-hose/lincoln/mkz/2008 I could not find a youtube on replacing it for a 2008 MKZ, sorry.
  5. Viking

    2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid problems

    When they say the car has a "branded title", do they mean that the car was written off by an insurance company, and then fixed and put back into service?
  6. Viking

    Slight Grill Mod and Aftermarket Rims

    Thank you for sharing, Fastitocalon.
  7. Viking

    Slight Grill Mod and Aftermarket Rims

    If you do not mind my asking, Fastitocalon, could you give more info on those rims? They are really sharp.
  8. Viking

    MKz Lug nuts

    Thank you bbf2530 for clarifying this. I knew there were two different specs but did not, obviously, have the correct year of change. Enlightened now. LOL
  9. Viking

    MKz Lug nuts

    Ruby, to the best of my knowledge, the lugnut size changed in 2013 to 14X1.5. The 12X1.5 are 2012 and older MKZ. I suspect, when you get these, they will not be correct. This happened to me with Amazon about three months ago, and I ended up buying McGard and selling the first set to a guy with a Chrysler. For my MKZ it was the opposite of what you are doing, as mine is a 2012. Someone else please correct me if i am wrong.
  10. Is this an indication that you think my question was crap?
  11. Just saved me $50 + bbf2530. Thank you.
  12. Hi all. Should my trunk lid open up fully with the pressure of the struts, or are they just to dampen movement both opening and closing? Mine does not open all the way, so do I need new struts? It unlocks but only moves about an eighth of an inch, just enough to get my fingers under it and open it. The reason I do not know is that this is the first sedan I have ever owned with struts instead of the spring things.
  13. Viking

    OBDII Link for FORScan

    For a pretty detailed read on what may work for MKZ mods by Forscan, the Fusion Forum has a 145+ page thread found here: http://www.2gfusions.net/showthread.php?tid=4573 There is a lot of cross use between the Fusions and the MKZ, but like all things, you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. Best to do a lot of reading, methinks.
  14. Viking

    Weird light

    That light should be part of a 2 or 3 or like that. Put the shifter in gear and push it to the right to select the manual mode, then shift it forward to downshift or backward to upshift. This should show numbers like 1, 2, 3 etc. in the spot where you have that light. There should be possible numbers 1 thru 6. As my car was parked when I took the pics, I could only get 1, 2 and 3. NOTE: Upon closer comparison, it almost seems Willy J, that the tiny weird light is below anyplace where the numbers should be, so I dunno what else to say.
  15. Viking

    The Other Shoe Drops

    If I was looking for a new car now, I think I would be looking at Genesis, KIA Stinger (although I really did like the Cadenza), Infinity, Lexus and Mercedes - all of whom still make luxury sedans. As I still have a Ford F250 Superduty diesel 4X4 and this MKZ, I am likely good for a while.
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