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  1. bbf2530

    Touching up Magnetic grey wheels

    Hi shtaka. You can try. It will probably be as close as anything else. To match it better, you will also need to do some light sanding, polishing, and put a layer of clearcoat paint over it. Another option: Take your car to a wheel repair specialist/shop and have it repaired. It will be a little more expensive, but the results will be miles better than doing it yourself. And well worth it...in my opinion. Just Google "Automotive wheel repair shops in m area". Good luck.
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    Limited Maintenance Plan

    Hi shtaka. My personal opinion: Unless you are driving massive annual mileage with your MKZ, a maintenance plan is not worth it. In normal use, there is essentially no maintenance other than oil changes every 1 year/10,000 miles. So unless you drive 20,000+ miles per year, coolant flushes, transmission fluid flushes, brake jobs, spark plug changes etc. etc. etc...are not due for many years down the road. The average driver (~10,000 miles per year) will get no more than an oil change and new wipers, once a year, out of a maintenance plan. And those are things you can pay for as needed for about $60 a year. So unless you are hard on your car, a maintenance plan is not worth it. On the other hand, with new car costs and complexity looming larger every day, I am a big believer in Extended Service Plans. If an owner is smart an does their online shopping for the LincolnProtect plan that fits their needs. I am sure others will jump in with their own opinions. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  3. Hi Izzy. Oh no! Now, you will never be able to unsee it! 😉 Good luck.
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    No GPS Icon

    Hi drolds1. I have never had this issue. At least not that I saw. I was going to mention possible outages, but you seem to have ruled that out (although I would guess brief/small outages could go undetected). Have you checked with the Service Department at your Dealership to see if it may be a known issue (i.e. a failing SAT module/APIM/harness/connector etc.)? Let us know how you find out and good luck.
  5. Hi austin. Just thinking out loud here, after reading drolds1's post: I have a feeling besides window tint, this may also be a combination of driver height, seat height etc. In other words, eye position relative to the window glass and dash trim. Also, those with darker wood trim will not have as bad a reflection. Then throw in the window tint variable. Just for informational purposes, I have the aluminum trim. So a driver who is taller or shorter than you, or positions their seat higher or lower, will have a different eye angle relative to the window glass and trim on the dash. A different eye angle will put the dash trim in a different position relative to the drivers eyes and the glass. So in theory, no reflection where we need to look through the glass at the mirror. And those with darker wood trims will see less reflection. Add the window tint variable to the driver height, seat height and eye position variables, and some of us will have a reflection, others will not. Again, just thinking out loud here. Good luck.
  6. Hi austin. I do not have window tint. And although I do not need glasses, my eyes are like yours...not exactly young and have seen a lot of road. 😉 Although I don't recall reading of this issue in the past, hopefully others will jump in with their own observations. Keep us updated and good luck.
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    Side view mirrors

    Hi Demetria. As 17MKZ3.0TT stated, not all model year/trim levels have auto-fold mirrors. What model year and trim level is your MKZ? The instructions on how to use the auto-fold mirrors are in your Owners Manual. if you do not have the hard copy, you can download the PDF version here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/parts-service/resources/owner-manuals/ Good luck.
  8. Hi Austin. I do not have that issue in my car. Perhaps you are correct that it is an issue with the particular type of window tint on your MKZ? The angle you have taken those photos at would not be where your eyes would be when driving, so it is difficult to determine the actual problem. Perhaps photos taken at a more natural, drivers-eye location would be more helpful. Also, did you put those little "blind-spot" mirrors on the vehicle or did the previous owner? Are you aware your MKZ has a blind-spot monitoring system that monitors your blind-spots and illuminates the a light in the mirror to warn you? That is what those little vehicle icons are in the corners of your side view mirrors. I am sure others will jump in with their own experiences. Keep us updated and good luck.
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    Window lock out switch

    Hi shtaka. According to your Owners Manual (find the correct page in the Index under "Windows"): "Press the control to lock or unlock the rear window controls. It illuminates when you lock the rear window controls." Not sure why yours stay on no matter what. Have you checked to see if the switch works to lock/unlock the rear windows otherwise? I've never used mine, but will check it tonight to see how it operates and post back tomorrow. Le us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Battery dead within 3hrs

    Hi NCG. Obviously, blind Internet diagnosis has its limits, but here goes: Okay, several things to point out. First...The fact that the battery "...isn't but 3 years old..." does not matter. Modern vehicles are extremely electronic/electrical/computer dependent. Nowadays, if we get 3-4 years out of a battery, we got our moneys worth. It's not like the old days when it was expected to get 7 years or more out of battery. Yes, it will still sometimes happen, but it will be the exception now, no longer the rule. Second...The fact that you "Havent had a single issue out of it until now" is exactly how battery issues sometimes happen. There is often absolutely no warning, until the day the car/battery is completely dead. Third...An old fashioned battery meter will no longer give an accurate reading of battery health. The battery must be properly/professionally load tested. You can usually find a coupon for a free battery test in the "Service" area of the Lincoln and Ford Owners websites. Since your vehicle will start with a jump, then run and seemingly charge, but then be dead again after sitting for several hours, this leads one to believe the likely culprit is a failed battery. It seems it is no longer holding a charge. So the two primary areas to look at are either a failing/failed battery, or your MKZ developed a sudden battery drain. The more likely cause will be a failed battery. There are other possibilities, but a professional battery load test would be the place to start. If one of our tech members has more advice to offer, I am sure they will jump in to help. Let us know how you make out and good.
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    Battery dead within 3hrs

    Hi NCG. The symptoms you describe point to the most likely culprit being a failed/failing battery. What model year/how old is the vehicle? How old is the battery? Is the vehicle still within the 4 year/50,000 mile New Vehicle Warranty? If yes, make a service appointment and have it fixed. Either way, the first thing to do would be to have the battery load tested, as Viking stated. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Thinking of purchasing a 2008 MKZ-what should I know?

    Hi ckm and welcome to the Lincoln MKZ Forum. Take the car to a mechanic/tech you trust and have them give it a good used car inspection for everything, including stored DTC codes. And additionally in this case, especially for hidden damage from that accident. Look up the book value on KBB.com, NADA.com, Edmunds.com to get a general idea of the true value, in the condition it is in. Accident, rear quarter panel damage/rust, clearcoat paint delamination, whatever else is not right/inoperable, broken etc. etc. Give it a long test drive. Check all fluids for leaks, color, smell, etc. Check the engine compartment, underneath, rear differential/PTU etc. for leaks (if AWD). If the engine compartment and underneath the vehicle looks recently/unusually clean, you should assume it has leaks and the owner had it cleaned to hide them. Since it is in your neighborhood, check the ground in the area where the car is normally parked too. Leaks on the ground? Leaks in the car. Check the operation of the brakes, transmission, steering components, etc. Take a look through the Owners Manual to acquaint yourself with the features and accessories and how they work. Download the Owners Manual here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/parts-service/resources/owner-manuals/ What condition are the tires in? if they are worn and need replacing soon, that is a $800-$1,000 bill on top of your purchase price. Check all features, headlights, tail lights, wipers, turn signals, accessories, components (Climate Control, Audio system, etc. etc.etc., to be sure they operate correctly. Is that left front headlight unit broken? If yes, they are expensive to replace and difficult to find. That is all for starters. I am sure others will have their own suggestions too. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    USB replacement

    Hi tonyd. If you can not get an answer here, stop by the Parts Department at your local Lincoln or Ford Dealer and ask them. They can give you the part number. Have your VIN handy. Then you can either negotiate the price and purchase from them, or use the part number to order from somewhere else. Also, is your 2018 MKZ still within the 4 year/50,000 mile New Vehicle Warranty or covered by a Lincoln Protect Extended Warrant that covers electronics?? If yes, have the problem corrected under warranty. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    2020 front seat removal

    Hi N.I. Only thoughts, not facts here: I do not know definitively. However, like leftoverture, I would think the nuts/bolts are probably the same, although there may be some differences with the wiring/connectors etc. Good luck.
  15. Hi crushalot. Looks like normal rust/wear and tear for a Rustbelt housed vehicle. If everything else is good, I would not let that stop you. Not much that I know of to be done to correct it. You could try one of the spray on treatments that some people use. However, I'm not a big proponent of them and it will simply seal in the rust and contamination you already have. Let us know how you make out and good luck.