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    • http://www.campaign.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2019/11/14/ford-motor-company-issues-two-safety-recalls-and-a-safety-compliance-recall.html   Safety recall for select 2016-17 Lincoln MKX vehicles with 3.7-liter engines Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2016-17 Lincoln MKX vehicles with 3.7-liter engines. In affected vehicles, the battery cable harness may have substandard clearance, which could allow the harness to contact the transmission shifter cable bracket. Contact between the battery cable harness and the transmission shifter cable bracket could wear through the insulation of the cable, resulting in the cable shorting to ground, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring, as well as fire. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition. Ford is aware of three vehicle fires potentially related to this issue. This action affects 54,411 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 5,253 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 12, 2014, to Sept. 11, 2017. Dealers will remove the four battery harness clips at the battery tray and one elbow guide, then install a wire channel shield and protective sleeve to the battery cable harness. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S41.  
    • During the long winter nights, I get very bored...can't mow the lawn, can't wash the vehicles, hate the mind-numbing TV, all my current mags have been read, etc. So, I turn to a variety of other pursuits which may occasionally include changing engine oil. After several years of participating on this forum, I suspect that DYI MKX-Nautilus maintenance is likely not a popular pastime of most members...contrary to many other online forums. In any case, there is one small maintenance task that takes less than a minute to perform and is easy, requires no mechanical skills/knowledge, is immediately informative, hopefully satisfying, and could pay future dividends. At this point, some might be guessing...pull the dipstick and check oil. Good idea, but I'm referring to taking a few seconds to remove the engine oil cap and, with flashlight in hand, peer into the engine for an exam of upper internals, e.g. timing chain, etc. This exam will provide an excellent view for detection of any possible sludge issues. The most favorable view will be one of looking into a container of sparkling diamonds, i.e. gleaming metal components bathed in gold-to-darkish brown motor oil (note: with extended drain intervals, oils in turbo engines may be blackish from carbon blow-by contaminants).   When removing the oil cap, inspect for 'mayonnaise', especially prevalent in winter months caused by short drives & less-than-complete engine warm-ups. Freeway driving of adequate duration will melt the usually harmless substance.   Good hunting...now you can check the serpentine belt & fluids before closing the hood.
    • a better pic showing the heated steering wheel on the home screen. My car is a 2017 MKX. You can see that it was 10º outside today, so I really was using the heated steering wheel!
    • Winter wheels are on! I bought these TPMS sensors, part number F2GZ-1A189-A. I had them mounted up at the tire place and had some Blizzaks put on the M3 at the same time. I could fit all four bare wheels in the trunk of the MKZ at one time, but with the tires installed, I could only fit a single wheel in the trunk, so I had to put a couple in the backseat of the M3.   Goodbye stock 21s.     I started swapping the wheels over, only to find out that the trunk of my MKZ wouldn't open, which is apparently a thing that happens.     And the only manual release is actually inside of the trunk. I did the battery disconnect sequence recommended in the owner's manual but it didn't help. I had to just pound on the button for a while and finally the trunk popped open and I could get the MKX tire out.   Tires installed, they're a 245/60R18 Blizzak DM-V2.      I dropped the car back on the ground and torqued the lug nuts. Then I used this TPMS-19 programmer to teach the car the new sensors.   Immediately I noticed a decrease in steering effort vs. the 265-width 21s. The snow tires are definitely a bit more squirmy when turning, and there's more noise at highway speeds, but they're smooth and the car rides great. I did find a hill covered in solid ice to test them out, I'll have to post that video. It clawed its way up the hill pretty well, and the traction control actually let it get quite a bit of wheelspin after a few seconds. When the trans shifted to second gear, it really seemed to take off.   Pleased so far.
    • Great...my wife was looking for a fog light switch. We have had fog in Portland lately!
    • Short answer is no as Cosmos36 responded, but the LED running light (under headlamps) are quite bright, although I have LED headlamps so I really have never seen a need for fog lamps (yes I had them on previous vehicles).
    • There are no fog lights on any trim model of your MKX, only the strip LEDs that aid in your being observed but serve no purpose in aiding the driver's vision as dedicated fog lamps do.


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