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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,183 miles

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2011 Lincoln MKS steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Lincoln MKS Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 112016

MKS 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Recently, this car started intermittently displaying the "power steering assist fault" code and at the same time the steering would seize up when in motion. This has now happened twice within the last 2 weeks. On investigation, 2011 Lincoln Mks vehicles with the 3.5L gtdi engine (my vehicle) were supposed to be covered by recall 15S18 which addresses this exact safety situation. When I called both the Ford dealer and the Ford customer service line, they indicated this VIN is not covered and that they could do a diagnostic check at the dealership but under no circumstances would it be covered (translation--I get to pay for any repair). It is clearly not safe to drive. How can Ford justify not covering this car when the recall was quite large in scope and cars of the same year, same model, same engine were specified in the recall? thanks!

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #5

Apr 012015


  • 64,000 miles
Power steering randomly locks and unlocks its self, causing the vehicle to pull to the left and displaying difficulty to steer wheel to the right or straight ahead. Brakes seem to lock or slip in certain enviroments at moderate speeds.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 012014

MKS 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 Lincoln Mks. Consumer writes in regards to power steering locking up periodically. The consumer stated the power steering issue, occurred at start up. The dealer was unable to find a problem.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 192014

MKS 6-cyl

  • 46,600 miles


Power steering went out and had power steering assist fault error. Incident occurred after backing out of driveway and putting the car into drive.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 072014


  • 23,500 miles
Was driving down the road about to merge onto the freeway when I noticed the "power steering assist fault" message in the display center and my electronic power steering had shut off. It was a 20 mile drive home with no power steering in below freezing temperatures. Had I been driving at a more busy time, I might have had a collision with another vehicle.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 172011


  • 2,000 miles
The 2011 Lincoln mkz hybrid drifts to the left while driving. Lincoln says it is not a problem. I have owned over 75 cars and was a fleet manager for the gsa fleet. I never had a vehicle that had a drift that did not have a problem. This is 2011 and vehicles should not drift under any conditions. It can occur when both hands are on the whell. How is this not dangerous?

- Riverside, CA, USA

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