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scn101

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  1. scn101

    Fuel filter question

    I had a similar filter on my 2003 Sable that I replaced every 30K miles. Sold the car a long time ago but replacing it was easy. From memory: remove fuel pump fuse, start car, car will run for a few seconds and stall. Now you've relieved pressure in the fuel line. Gain access to the filter, and on each side of the filter there is a rubber hose connected via a U-style plastic clamp. I used a very small slotted screwdriver to open the legs of the clamp while prying it up. You don't remove the clamp, you just move it up to its next stop, about 4-5mm. Then the hoses will slip off. You may need to spin the filter a bit to loosen it from the rubber hoses. Install new filter with the arrow pointing towards the engine, push the clamps back down and you're done. Replace fuel pump fuse, turn ignition to run position and then off again a few times to allow the fuel pump to fill the filter and restore pressure (you should hear the pump priming each time you turn the key to run), then crank the engine and it'll fire up. Check for leaks and replace any trim/cover that you removed to gain access. Do this outside or with the garage door open as there will be gas in the filter. Have a catch can and rags at the ready. Ask me about how much fun it is to replace the fuel pump on your driveway! That happened on the Sable just shy of 90K miles. Learned my lesson, don't run your car with less than 1/8 or preferably 1/4 of a tank of gas as the pump sits in the fuel to cool itself. And I can only imagine how an overheated pump (due to a low fuel level) must like cold gas poured all over it when refueling, that fast expansion can't be doing it any good. I never ran out of gas but would often run to E and fill up along the highway. I think that shortened its life.
  2. scn101

    Air in brake fluid line

    Are you starting the bleed process at the RR corner? Ensure you start at the RR, then LR, RF, and finally LF corners. I don't know if you have rear integral parking brake calipers but if you do, you need to apply and release the parking about five times before you open the rear bleeders. As long as the fluid in the master reservoir never goes below min the air should stop.
  3. scn101

    Cabin Floor Protection

    Decided to put a set of the Husky mats in the MKZ just like I had in the Fusion. Definitely better overall protection. Cut the driver side Husky mats anchors out to allow the factory mats to snap right in. The Husky mats fit better in the MKZ than they did in the Fusion (the part numbers were different for each). The Husky 2017-2019 MKZ p/n is 98791.
  4. https://www.autotrader.com/best-cars/10-best-car-interiors-under-50000-2020-281474979988774
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    Cabin Floor Protection

    I agree that Husky Floor liners are very nice. I placed them in my Fusion and am contemplating a set for the MKZ. I'm not worried about snow and slush where I live so I ended up cutting holes in the driver's side Husky liner to allow the factory floor mat retainers to protrude high enough to allow the factory carpeted floor mat to still attach and anchor down. Looked better, IMHO, than just the rubber look of the liner. Also placed the passenger carpet mat over the Husky but without an anchor, the carpet mat did move around whenever a passenger exited the vehicle, no big deal really.
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    Today's service loaner

    I love that Copper color. I really had a hard time choosing between Plat White and Copper. I think Copper looks so nice when clean but eventually went with Plat White as its easier to keep clean, a bit cooler in the summer, and doesn't show clearcoat swirl marks. Dealer had both in stock and ready to roll when I bought in January making it even a tougher decision, still debating if I made the right color choice!
  7. Idiot_Driver.mp4 I almost needed my dash cam, though in reality this would have been cut and dry. Hard to believe someone would enter the freeway's 45MPH service road from a driveway without slowing down or even looking. Somehow I was able to avoid disaster by switching from the right lane to the middle lane in a nick of time as I honked to ensure the she didn't continue to swerve out into the middle lane. And the pièce de résistance? She flipped me off when she later passed me, perhaps upset that I honked at her. Classy. Next driveway was a Service Collision repair shop. In retrospect, quite convenient I suppose. I lowered the resolution of the video to keep the file size under 1MB.
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    Rear Dash Cam with Sunshade

    I can't believe how dark TX law allows, 25% VLT (visible light through) for front left and right sides. Rear sides and rear glass have no restrictions as long as the vehicle has two side mirrors. Most people opt for 25% all around. Anything darker and you can't see at night. Personally, I prefer 35% all around which makes night time driving a bit easier.
  9. scn101

    Rear Dash Cam with Sunshade

    I read you post and immediately did a Homer Simpson "Doh!" A week ago I wondered why my rear dash cam was lying on my back seat. Turns out I totally forgot about the sunshade when I installed it on the upper driver's side rear glass and when I used the sunshade it knocked the camera off the mount! The cameras I use front and back are the Viofo A119 https://www.amazon.com/Viofo-Camera-Degree-miniUSB-Adapter/dp/B01HVWXJPC/ which are similar in shape to the Crosstour. I chose the Viofo as it does not use a Lithium Polymer battery and instead uses super capacitors. The problem with Li-Po batteries is that they don't do well in the heat. Previous dash cams I've had survive only 18-24 months before their batteries swell. So far the Viofo has lasted well past the three year mark. I knew I needed to reposition the camera to the center of the rear window where there's a bit more clearance. My rear window is tinted. I had cut a small square out of the tint to mount the camera so I figured I'll just leave the GPS mount where it is and use the slimmer non-GPS mount that comes with the Viofo camera in the center. I know from experience on a previous vehicle that if you stick the camera on the tint, over time, the tint will pull away from the glass. The tint is dark so you really can't see the camera from outside of the vehicle which is nice. Luckily I left enough slack in the power cable to reach. BTW, I used a USB hard-wire kit and tapped into the fused power supply for the rear-heated seat module which gets power only when in accessory or ignition. So I mounted the camera in the center and the darn sunshade still hits it. Solution was to put two small strips of thin black foam on each side of the glass. The sunshade's little rollers glide over the foam pads that are about 2mm thick and the sunshade still slightly taps the camera's body but clears it well enough. You can't see the foam from outside due to the dark tint (unless you're really looking for it) nor can you really see them from the rear view mirror as they're hidden by the headliner. I did lose the GPS function which means the date/time won't be accurate, so I turned off recording date/time on the video. Thank you for posting your experience!
  10. Well I guess the bright side is that it really only leaks when it rains or I wash the car. 😖 I get drips coming in that exit via the rain gutters that surround the roof, mainly at both rear corners. Nothing ever drips into the passenger compartment. I don't like it but as far as I can tell, the roof is aligned properly as per the service manual and other new MKZs on the lot. Dealer says it is normal and why they have the rain gutters and four drain tubes. Not really sure what if anything else I can do except keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get worse, that and perhaps get them to look at it again before the four year warranty expires.
  11. scn101

    New 2019 MKZ Reserve I owner

    @TomV Nice ride! I like the idea of the jacking rails. Once installed, can you jack up one side of the car using a floor jack in the middle of the rail (say under where the front and rear doors meet) so you can then insert a jack stand at the front and end of the rail? And then repeat the same on the other side to get the car up on four jack stands? Thanks.
  12. scn101

    Missing SOC icon 2019 Mkz Hybrid

    I spoke to Lincoln customer service and although they confirmed that the state of charge battery display is shown in both the vehicle's Owner's Manual and Quick Reference Guide, Ford made the decision to remove it mid-year. I asked if there's anyway this decision can be escalated and their response was that there's absolutely nothing they will do. Every vehicle has pluses as minuses, but never have I had a vehicle where a documented feature was deleted mid-model year build, acknowledged as such by the manufacturer with a too bad it is your car now attitude. When Ford revised the MPG rating of my Fusion Hybrid from 47/47/47 to 42, they sent me a check. I was disappointed but at least they made amends. After buying Mustangs, five Taurus, one Sable, two Focus, and a Fusion Hybrid, this MKZ is my last Ford product my family will purchase. I now totally regret not buying my other choice vehicle, the Lexus 300h.
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    Missing SOC icon 2019 Mkz Hybrid

    I really miss the SoC display that I had in my 2014 Fusion Hybrid. As such, I've been digging into this quite a bit. The SOC is present in early MY2019 MKZ and Fusion builds (built in 2018) but was removed from later builds (built in 2019). By comparing "as built" module configuration between early and later builds I've concluded that it cannot be enabled by FORScan (not just a simple set or clear a bit in the IPC or other module). My dealer's tech really tried to find a way to enable it but could not. It looks like Ford changed the code in one of the modules, the IPC is my guess. The newer code deprecated the display of the SOC battery gauge. This seems like a bait and switch. Document the feature in the owner's manual and quick start guide and then remove the feature, is that even legal? I'm not sure what can be done now. See correspondence between my Dealer's tech and Ford. If there's enough of an outcry from 2019 owners, maybe Ford will reconsider.
  14. @TomV Thanks, I did lube the seal with weatherstrip lubricant (dielectric grease) and cleaned the paint surface after the dealer said all was good. It did help a bit. Actually, whenever I buy a car I lube all the weatherstrip in an attempt to ward off squeaks! @R2D2 When you go through the car wash with the sun shade open, you won't see a drop unless you looking for it. The drips are in the quite hidden unless you're looking for them.
  15. I have less than 1K miles on a new 2019 MKZh. By chance, from the driver's seat, I looked up at the right rear corner of the closed moonroof while it was raining outside. I saw a small droplet of water coming in every once in a while. I went the the dealer and they closely inspected the moonroof's seal condition and glass position and told me there's absolutely nothing wrong. They stated that the moonroof has four drain hoses and four troughs to catch any water that gets through the seal. They told me the roof never fully seals 100% and not to worry. I have the repair manual and indeed there are four drain hoses and four troughs. And I can't see anything wrong with the seal. The moonroof seems adjusted properly, the front glass is pretty much even with the roof-line if not ever so slightly lower and the rear glass sits about 0.5mm above the rear roof line, all as per the service manual. So maybe the dealership is correct. No water actually dripped into the cabin, the trough's did their job. However, it is still a bit unnerving. Does your MKZ moonroof's leak? Before you say no way, you might not be looking for it. If you're out in the rain one day (or a car wash) please open the sunshade and take a look or run your finger or a tissue inside the black troughs to check for water. I'd be curious to hear any feedback as to whether water was present, or not. Thanks.
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