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    12V battery life

    Hi Pierce. With all the computerization and electronics on today's cars, battery life expectancy is 3-4 years. Will many batteries live longer than 4 years? Yes, of course. However, conventional wisdom is to seriously consider testing/replacing the battery once you hit the 4 year mark. Good luck.
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    Head light upgrade

    Hi Chris. I thought that may have been you on I-95? But you passed me before I could even wave! 🙂 How was your trip? Hope you had fun. And hey...what did you decide to do about the oil change before you left? Did you change or wait?
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    Head light upgrade

    Hi Stardaddy. Is your MKZ equipped with the HID headlight system, or the LED headlight system? Have you checked to be sure your high beams are actually operating correctly? Do you have the Auto High Beam system on or off? Have you tried checking and adjusting your headlights if needed (instructions are in the Owners Manual)? Check to be sure everything is actually working and adjusted correctly. If you find an issue you can't correct, bring it in for Warranty service. The reality is that the MKZ has a good lighting system if it is working properly. If it is working and adjusted properly, there is not much that can be done to legally and inexpensively change it. Let us know what you find out and good luck.
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    Dash Does Not Line Up With Door Panels

    H Eurythmian. If all the panels are attached properly, there is not much that can be done to adjust them. Did you purchase new or used? Any work ever performed on the doors or dash which would have entailed either being removed, such as replacing door speakers etc.?
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    remove items under seat

    Hi etrain. What is the exact message you are getting? Are you being instructed to "remove items under the seat", or to remove items from the seat? Let us know.
  6. Hi Pierce. We are discussing the 12V battery, not the Hybrid battery pack. In addition to the Hybrid battery pack, your MKZh still has a conventional battery in it. Good luck. Edit - Also, going to move this thread to the MKZ Hybrid sub-forum.
  7. Hi Ira. Your profile states you have a 2014 MKZ. Is that the vehicle we are discussing? If yes, is it safe to assume you retrofit the hardware for SYNC3 into your 2014? Follow the instructions on the Lincoln Owners website to download and install any update files needed onto a flash drive and install it that way. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Roadside Assistance

    Hi Chris. Lincoln Roadside Assistance is valid through the length of the 4 year/50,000 mile Bumper to Bumper or 6 year/70,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. I forget which. Like the Bumper to Bumper and Powertrain Warranties, I believe it is transferable. Where did you read, or who told you, it was not transferable? EDIT - Okay, we were both incorrect, to a certain extent. From the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Warranty Guide, page 18: "Lincoln Roadside Assistance begins from the warranty start date and lasts the life of the vehicle for the original owner only. Subsequent owners are eligible for coverage concurrent with the powertrain warranty: six (6) years or 70,000 miles, whichever occurs first. If you require assistance beyond these coverage parameters, Lincoln Roadside Assistance can still be arranged for a charge." So as an original owner, we have complementary Lincoln Roadside Assistance coverage for the life of the vehicle. For subsequent buyers/owners of a used MKZ, complementary Lincoln Roadside Assistance is limited to the length of the 6 year/70,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. According to the information I found, that goes for 2013 model year vehicles on.
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    Hybrid MPG

    Hi Chris. Yes, just the very cold weather can drop your mpg's that much. Add in rain, snow, possibly more use of the remote start, having the climate control set to "Auto" more often etc, can lower it even more.
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    Water leaking

    Hi Jack Olsen. It is condensation from the exhaust. It is normal and nothing to worry about. Good luck.
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    Please tell me the factory tire are not good!

    Hi Stardaddy. I can state that I have no issues with my 2018 MKZ AWD 3.0T or my 2007 MKZ FWD 3.5 V-6. Both have Michelin tires. Tires on the 2018 are the factory Michelin Primacy MXM4's. Tires on the 2007 are now Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+. They are the third set of tires on the car, including the factory Michelins, which I believe were the Michelin Energy S8. Since we do not have much information about your MKZ, please answer these questions: - What manufacturer and model tire is it equipped with? When you have a chance, check the sidewall of all 4 tires and let us know what make and model tire they are (all 4). - Do all 4 tires look evenly worn? Do you rotate your tires regularly (every 6,000-8,000 miles or so)? - Are you the first owner? Did you purchase the car new or used? If you purchased used and the previous owner mixed in replacement tires, that will adversely affect handling, especially in the rain and snow. - What engine is your MKZ equipped with? - Are you driving with traction control on or disabled? - What PSI do you keep your tires inflated to? Check pressure regularly? Give us the above information and we can give better answers for your situation. Not knowing the answers to those questions yet, I'll answer with general information. - The factory all-season tires are usually Michelin and are good quality tires. But all-season tires have their snow limitations - It is possible your car is equipped with summer only tires. It was an option, although rarely ordered. - All-season tires are a compromise and have their limitations. If you are putting 20,000 miles a year on your car and regularly need to drive in heavy snow, dedicated snow tires are always the best bet. They will make a world of difference. - Tires with 24,000 miles on them will have degraded performance in the snow as compared to new. That is just for starters. We can give better advice with more information, as mentioned above. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Where to mount a Heads Up Display?

    Hi Stardaddyed. Well, that's a personal taste type of question and a tough one. The object of a HUD is to project the information directly in front of the driver, but down low on the windshield, so as to not obscure vision or distract the driver. In this way, the driver can see important information and still keep their eyes on the road. Placing the image on the windshield over the middle of the dashboard would defeat the purpose (my opinion, of course). This would mean you are looking over towards the middle of the windshield and down instead of ahead at the road. That would mean moving your eyes to the right, and possibly even having to turn your head to look at the middle of the windshield. In that case, you're looking further away than just looking down at the instrument panel, speedometer, etc. Won't it fit on top of the dash directly in front of you so it can project the image lower on the windshield and directly in front of you? Or is the instrument panel cowl in the way there? Again, this is just my opinion, but placing it in the middle of the dash would seem to defeat the purpose of an HUD and make it stick out like a sore thumb on a nice dashboard. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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    Oil Change

    Hi Chris. That is because some Dealership Service Departments (and independent shops) still try to sell people on the old 3,000 or 5,000 mile oil change intervals. Makes more money for them. Do not go by the oil change stickers they put on your car. Even my 2007 MKZ had a 7,500 mile oil change interval. Our cars have had an Oil Life Monitor and 10,000 mile/1 year oil change intervals for some time. All you need to do is check the Maintenance Schedule in your Owners Manual or Maintenance Booklet to verify. In addition, if you check your Owners Manual, you can adjust the Oil Life Monitor setting for lower intervals. You can play it safer and go with 7,500 mile oil change intervals if you wish. But assuming you had your first oil change performed around 3,000-3,500 miles, changing it at 6,500 (or before you leave for Florida) would be a needless expenditure. Modern synthetic blend and synthetic oils are good for far longer than that, your car has a 10,000 mile interval and changing that soon is just wasting money. My opinion is...No need to waste money unnecessarily.
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    2017, 19" wheel max tire with

    Hi dismonkey. As mentioned above, 255/40-19's will fit with no interference. Speedometer will be slightly off and read a little slower than the stock tires size. Without looking it up, I'm guessing ~1% - 1.5%. Good luck with your mods.
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    Oil Change

    Sounds like an excellent idea to me! If I go to my College reunion next month, I'll join you both! 🍹🥤