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2009 Lincoln MKS repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (35%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (20%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 149 repairs.

2009 Lincoln MKS repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (46%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Lincoln MKS 4dr Sedan

273-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Lincoln MKS in New Jersey, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2015
Aug 2010

22000 mi
TSB for brake grinding, due to pads manufactured with crushed nut shells 
Jan 2011

27000 mi
On a few occasions, car would bang into gear, from 1st to 2nd. Now Okay. 
Mar 2011

28000 mi
FM antenna modulator replaced due to static on most stations. Replaced but problem still exists. Going back to dealer next week. 
Sep 2012

45000 mi
Experienced a grumble type of sound upon braking. Dealer replaced front & rear calipers and pads. Also new rotors in front, cut rear rotors, now all is fine. All this done under 2 TSB's, NO COST to me ! 
Dec 2013

56000 mi

US $100
Water pump had to be replaced. 
Lincoln MKS in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009
Mar 2009

4000 mi
The rear door locks would not always unlock successfully using the power lock/unlock button. 
Lincoln MKS in Georgia, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2012
Apr 2010

11000 mi
Tire pressure sensor fault 
Jun 2010

11000 mi
Tire pressure sensor fault. Sensor replaced at this visit and no further problems noted. 
Lincoln MKS in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2011
Mar 2010

6000 mi
Rt front wheel bearing went out 
Jun 2010

7000 mi
door was rattling 
Lincoln MKS in Alabama, United States
Jan 2009 - Feb 2012
Jan 2010

7600 mi
Transmission line needs to be replaced. Tranmission whines between 4th and 5th, and 5th and 6th gears. Parts on order. Sun roof shade needs to be replaced because of rattling. Part on order. Subwoofer reinstalled because of rattling. Repaired. 
Aug 2010

12000 mi
Rattle coming from sun roof. Transmission whined while shifting from 4-6 gears. Radio gave a loud pop three separate times and stopped working. Upon the sitting with the power off for ten minutes, the radio started working again. 
Jan 2011

15000 mi
Radio would just shut off with a loud bang without warning. New radio installed. 
Lincoln MKS in Nevada, United States
Jun 2009 - Aug 2011
Mar 2011

25000 mi
Had front brake rotors and pads replaced per a technical service bulletin acknowledged problem--grinding noise. Service was performed under warranty. 
Jun 2011

30000 mi
Intermittant noise from right side of dash. Recognized as a bad actuator from messages on MKS discussion forum. Actuator was replaced under warranty. 
Lincoln MKS in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2015
Jan 2012

41000 mi
replaced rear calipers due to problem with pin alignment 
Aug 2012

45700 mi
Replaced left front strut and wheel bearing 
Jan 2013

53000 mi
Bracket holding the driver's seat control panel broke allowing the panel to pull away from the seat. 
May 2014

72300 mi

US $650
Drivers lumbar support adjuster needed replacement Both Oxygen Sensors required replacement. Two separate repair instances within 2 weeks 
Lincoln MKS in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2011 - Apr 2014
Dec 2011

35000 mi
the front brakes made a grinding noise - apparently a known problem. They attached brackets around calipers. 
Jan 2013

41300 mi
left rear door lock would not open correctly - part replacement to correct. 
Lincoln MKS in Illinois, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2013
Oct 2011

15000 mi
int. sound like brake drag. they skimmed the front rotors and i guess replaced the pads 
Nov 2012

21500 mi
pass side pillar cover blew off. Dealer replaced the three dummy pillar covers and the dr. side pillar with the combination electronic strip along with the key pad etc. The 3 that did not blow off were very loose. dealer replaced all clicking sound from under dash when air conditioner was turned up or down 
Jan 2013

22300 mi
birdseye maplewood trim on steering wheel was lifting up on the right hand side. had noticed it a little bit before and it was lifting up more. checked car entirely as bumper to bumper warantee is up on 01/01/2013 
Nov 2013

24700 mi

US $50
drivers seat does not move forward or backward. it pivots instead. do not know what parts were involved. covered under platinum ext war 
Lincoln MKS in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

59000 mi
leak in A/C condenser coil. Part has been replaced. 
Lincoln MKS in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2009 - May 2011
Jan 2010

7000 mi
Radio just stopped working. It took over two hours for them to determine that it was s computer malfunction. Fix was to pull the fuse and reset the computer. This is a KNOWN ISSUE for non-nav radio. 
Nov 2010

17000 mi
Radio will just stop working. Happened twice now. To fix the problem you pull fuse #38 and put it back in. This will do a reset and the radio will work again. 
Lincoln MKS in Delaware, United States
Jun 2010 - Apr 2013
Jul 2010

24000 mi
Microsoft SYNC module replaced because not accepting dealer update. Auto high beams and rain-sensing wipers not working--camera unit in windshield replaced. Back window module had to be replaced because key fob remote not operating back windows. One front wiper motor replaced. Motor for steering wheel adjustments replaced because it was making a clicking noise when raising the steering wheel out the way to exit the vehicle. Subwoofer had to be replaced because it was blown. 
Dec 2010

39000 mi
back door lock was not unlocking properly. took two visit before shop admitted problem was real.  Back up camera not working all the time. some times would be fuzzy or unusable. back up camera fixed, shop claims there was a TSB for the issue, yet took multiple trip before i could prove problem existed. 
Feb 2011

45000 mi
Noise coming from sunroof when it opens. they lubed the parts, noise gone 
Mar 2011

47000 mi
Back up camera stop working again 
Jun 2011

56000 mi
Rattling from subwoofer, tech drilled holes under the back deck in trunk to vent air around subwoofer, rattled stopped 
Jan 2012

72000 mi
A rear door lock doesn't properly unlock sometimes. Nothing done yet because out of warranty and rarely used. 
Jul 2012

87000 mi
Back Up Camera stopped working AGAIN!! Fuzzy useless image when car put into reverse. Known Issue with Lincoln, fixed once under warranty. TSB# 09-16-4 AUG 09 Collision Avoidance - Rearview Camera Inoperative; Updated: later cleared up on own. 
Aug 2012

89000 mi
Lincoln routine inspection during last oil change had front brakes marked as 5 mm left, need replacing soon. One hour after leaving the dealership front driver brake made grinding noise, took to a tire shop, was told inner pad was at 0 mm 
Jan 2013

99000 mi

US $250
Wheel well liner come in contact with wheel causing a load noise and damaging the inside of the wheel 
Apr 2013

103000 mi
Rear door lock had gotten worse. It was at the point where that latch/lock would not catch unless I was standing at the door and pulling the handle at the right time while hitting the unlock button on the remote. 
Lincoln MKS in Maryland, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

1000 mi
Shifter seems sticky, but only in manual mode. Will see if it gets worse before dealer replaces shifter (check again at service intervals). 
Lincoln MKS in Michigan, United States
Feb 2009 - May 2011
Mar 2009

6000 mi
Chrome strip on key fob loose, and coming off. 
Aug 2009

9000 mi
Interior trim on passenger side was not fastened properly 
Jun 2010

15000 mi
Intermittent windshield wipers were not working properly 
Sep 2010

18000 mi
brakes squealing when braking while in reverse, as well as a grinding noise at times when braking while in Drive. 
Oct 2010

18700 mi
New pads, rotors, etc. per TSB 
Lincoln MKS in Florida, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Aug 2009

3000 mi
The car has been in the shop multiple times over 2 months. Head liner peeled back (3x).  back door would not unlock (fixed) AC problems (not fixed)  rattle in back passenger side (not fixed)  heated seats in back don't work 
Dec 2010

19000 mi
Hot air blowing of AC vents instead of heater. Also blowing at high blast from defrost when floor option only 
Lincoln MKS in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2009

57000 mi
Trunk open button not working. Turned out that there was a valet button in glove box that was accidentally turned off. Dealer turned it back on and trunk open button worked fine. 
Lincoln MKS in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Oct 2014
Jan 2010

5700 mi

US $39
Brake grinding. Brakes required some extra bolts on the calipers and some upgraded brake pads.  Transmission noise around 35 mph. They replaced a transmission cooling line but this didnít fix the problem. I am waiting to hear from other people on the MKS Forum. People have the same problem and have not got a fix yet. 
Apr 2013

31000 mi
Driver side Lumbar Support needed to be replaced. 
Lincoln MKS in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

4340 mi
Chrome exterior trim around driver side rear window was loose. Radio does not emit sound on first start up in cold conditions, e.g. approx. 3 deg.C. After warm up and restarting, the radio starts working. Steering Wheel Shroud did not line up properly and did not travel with Steering wheel when raised or lowered. 
May 2010

14880 mi
Sunroof makes a loud thud when opening. First reported in Aug 09, adjust and lube then. Problem recurred April 2010 hence this visit. Rear door driver side did not drain water properly. Removed and cleaned lower weather strip. Intermittent rattle in center of dash at radio display. 
Jun 2011

22940 mi
Poor FM reception. 2nd attempt last visit then ordered part installed most recent visit Sunroof made thud noise when opened since car purchased. Several attempts to lubricate and adjust, temporary fix. They said they did something different this time seems to be OK. Rust bubble forming on roof. Identified as warranty and scheduled visit for body shop in near future. 

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2009 Lincoln MKS 4dr Sedan

273-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Lincoln MKS in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2011 - Jan 2015
Dec 2013

113000 mi

US $10
Needed over a quart of transmission fluid. I know fluids shouldn't be reported, but transmissions should never get low on fluid unless there's a leak or something. Problem is currently undiagnosed. 
Apr 2014

117300 mi

US $160
Second set of front rotors and pads in three years. Pads wore down fast and rotors wore unevenly. Rear brakes still good being factory originals. Front brakes show unusually excessive rate of wear compared to rear brakes. 
Jan 2015

127000 mi
Power Transfer Unit leaks on occasion 
Lincoln MKS in Utah, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2015
Mar 2013

52000 mi
Driver door lock replaced under warranty. 
Lincoln MKS in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2015
Sep 2012

56000 mi

US $200
Power seat control side panel in both driver and passenger experienced broken fasteners 
Jul 2014

84300 mi

US $700
Transmission fluid cooler had a leak 
Jan 2015

93700 mi

US $1044
Rear brake pads, rotors, and calipers plus emergency brake lever and housing. 
Apr 2015

96000 mi

US $168
Engine ck lite, required reprogramming by Ford Tech support. No known cause, said could be from EZ-Pass road toll sender,I don't so, been in car from new purchase Sep '08, first time issue 
Lincoln MKS in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Sep 2013

51000 mi

US $19
Replaced blend door motor 
Mar 2014

60000 mi

US $100
Replaced LF wheel bearing LF window wind noise Replaced RR window regulator Replaced L side mirror glass - Poor defrost 
Jul 2014

63000 mi
O2 sensor replaced 
Aug 2014

63000 mi
Outside Touch Keypad Inop 
Apr 2015

71000 mi

US $140
HID needed replacement. bought a pair for $100 om line. Parts store $285 each. Repair shop labor cost $135. Bumper must be removed for access 
Lincoln MKS in New Mexico, United States
Jan 2014 - Nov 2015
Aug 2014

50000 mi
Windows supposed to open to vent car if you hold down the unlock button on the remote for three seconds. Weren't doing this. Replaced three window motors. 
Sep 2015

63000 mi

US $100
Broken lumbar on drivers seat 
Lincoln MKS in New Jersey, United States
- Sep 2008
Sep 2008

56 mi
Passenger door interior trim lock replaced. This part holds door handle trim on to car. 
Lincoln MKS in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2012 - Nov 2014
Jul 2012

42800 mi
replaced air blend door actuator replaced drive lumbar support motor 
Aug 2012

44000 mi
Tech drive car and determined that one or both front bearing are bad---will replace both next week under warranty 
Dec 2012

51000 mi
Replaced LF Strut and Strut mount(premature failure) 
Feb 2014

77300 mi

US $95
door locks relock when attempting unlock 
Aug 2014

88000 mi
Replaced rear wheel bearings Transfer case 
Sep 2014

92000 mi
Reprogrammed transmission--replaced trans diverter Map lights failed 
Dec 2014

92000 mi
Replaced all ball joints 
Lincoln MKS in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2015
Oct 2014

112000 mi

US $560
Front strut bearings replaced 
Mar 2015

120000 mi

US $640
Break pads rotors and calipers 
Lincoln MKS in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Mar 2015

82000 mi
Right side temperature blend door actuator faulty. Replaced actuator motor. 
May 2015

82000 mi
'Pulsing' sound heard from dash area. Replaced recirculation door actuator. Check engine light on. Code P0442, small fuel leak detected, passed evap test. Suspected dirty fuel inlet. Cleaned with compressed air. Light came back on. 
Jun 2015

82000 mi
Check engine light on. Replaced fuel inlet pipe. 
Nov 2015

101000 mi
I heard a grinding noise on the right side, mainly at low speeds. Technician found right rear brake pad into rotor. They replaced rear brake pads, rotors, and both rear caliper brackets. 
Lincoln MKS in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

2000 mi
Electronic starter would not start vehicle. Crank signal was not detected. Also no PCM signal. PIN 46 in connector C133 was pushed out of connector. Pin connector was retensioned. So far vehicle is running with no problems. 
Lincoln MKS in Oregon, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2015
May 2009

6000 mi
Drivers door lock would unlock and lock rapidly. Impossible to open door. Used fob to open passenger doors and reach across to open. Flaw in paint on lower driver's door. 
Mar 2010

18600 mi
brakes grabbing at 12-15mph and making grinding noise. Followed TSB instructions: machined rotors using procut, replaced caliper bolts, and brake pads. Drovers' door lock tip is missing and rattles inside door. Accessed door panel and repaired interior door lock rod. Subwoofer has low rumble noise. Followed tsb 08-19-13 and found foam blocks were correctly installed. tech contacted hotline; told to compare with like vehicle and advised not to attempt repair. 
May 2011

35000 mi
Fluid leak from trans area. Replaced PTU intermediate shaft seal. Front brakes grab and growl. Performed TSB 10-17-3. Replaced front brake rotors, pads, and caliper brackets; installed springs. Drivers seat forgets setting for key #1, reprogrammed DSM to latest program per TSB 08-23-9 Rumble from speakers. Reprogrammed DSP module per TSB 10-8-2 for feedback 
Oct 2011

40000 mi
Control Panel on drivers' seat loose. 
Jun 2014

73000 mi

US $208
Replaced left front wheel bearing 
Oct 2015

94000 mi

US $2219
Check engine light was on. Replaced cam shaft phasers. 
Lincoln MKS in Illinois, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

14000 mi

US $150
This car has a lot of engine noise. Ford needs to bring a Lexus into engineering dept and listen to how quiet the motor is, inside cabin and out. Also way too many squeaks from front suspension. Would not and have not recommended this car. 
Lincoln MKS in Florida, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

19000 mi
door locks 
Oct 2010

24000 mi
This was the 4th time I complained about the brakes ... finally, the dealer too care of the problem, after approx 21 months! air conditioning vent making loud knocking sound behind dash 
Lincoln MKS in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2012
Jun 2011

57000 mi

US $769
Car would shut off during driving and would not restart at all. First told it was the throttle response which had to be replaced, but learned after the second occurrence, that wasn't the problem.  Once again would shut off unexpectedly while driving, and would not restart. Had the car towed to the Ford dealership where it sat for 4 days before they'd finally found out what the problem was. All sensors were scanned, and replaced. 
Nov 2011

63000 mi
Car is still in the shop being looked at 
Lincoln MKS in Michigan, United States
Mar 2009 - Oct 2011
Apr 2009

10000 mi
Interior trim "A", "B" and "C" Pillars filthy due to original OEM decal glue residue. Unable to be cleaned sufficiently. Trim on order.  "B" pillars replaced 2nd trip.  Rear deck still rattles after third trip. Many other problems, some fixed, some not. 
Jul 2010

32000 mi
Known TSB Problem, Grinding, Squealing Brakes. Second time in for repair. Resurfaced rotors, new pads and retainer clips according to the TSB. Drove the car off the dealer lot, grinding noise and feel gone but same loud squealing noise. 
Aug 2010

32000 mi
Steering shroud and cover replaced as defined with a TSB. The shroud did not work properly since the very day I leased the vehicle. Now works fine. Driver's seat right hand side vinyl side bolster had cracked in several locations. First noticed at 18,000 miles. I had to impress upon the dealer that I was very unhappy with the quality of the seats/material. Replaced entire seat bottom. 
Lincoln MKS in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Aug 2011
Mar 2009

1000 mi
PTO unit came with cross threaded plug hole so plug could only go in 1/4 turn. Leaked oil out onto exhaust pipe. 
Feb 2011

42000 mi
seal on PTO unit leaked all fluid  
Lincoln MKS in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2012
Feb 2010

15000 mi
Front brakes were creaking/groaning. This is a known issue and fixed under TSB 09-24-14 Rear door locks would "bounce" on activation and re-lock themselves, particularly in cold weather. This is a known issue and was fixed under TSB 08-24-03 with new lock rods. 
Lincoln MKS in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Dec 2015
Mar 2012

78120 mi

C $220
Clicking noise when climate control is turned on. Replaced air blend door motor. 1.8 hours labour at $95/hr. 
Feb 2013

84320 mi

C $802
Door locks relocking when trying to unlock in cold weather. Replaced lock rods on all 4 doors. 
Dec 2013

88040 mi

C $15
Rear window defroster stopped working. The electrical connector to the window fell off. Fixed it by soldering it on again. It's under the left quarter panel - real PITA to get to. Updated calibration software for Driver Seat Module, Powertrain Control Module, and DSP Module. (TSB 08-23-9, TSB 09-23-6, and TSB 10-8-2) Calibration performed to fix TSB symptoms. 

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2009 Lincoln MKS Repair Histories

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