Lincoln MKX Parts And Lincoln MKX Accessories
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Leaks in the front or rear axles of the Lincoln MKX are hard to spot; in most cases, the steering would act normally until it seizes up because it has completely emptied of oil. But there are warning signs that you can use to spot axle leaks. Below are some tips on how to spot leaks on the Lincoln MKX axle and how to deal with them:
Oil around the axles should be a warning signal of a leak at first glance, but there is more to it than meets the eye. The Lincoln MKX is filled with a variety of fluids, such transmission fluid to radiator coolant, which ensure the SUV\'s various moving parts are running smoothly and efficiently. And a visual inspection may not be that helpful in identifying these fluids because most of them acquire a dark burnt appearance over time, including that of axle oil.
One way to determine if that oil stain is truly axle oil is to check its consistency. Axle oil tends be thick when cold, but flows freely once it gets warm. This is why axle oil spots are often found after the vehicle has been driven for a significant distance. In addition, Lincoln MKX axle oil is characterized by its slightly reddish and brown hue. The red color indicates the leak originates from the transmission side of the axle while a brownish color means it is coming from the power transfer unit (PTU)
Another way to determine if it is actually axle oil that\'s leaking is its proximity to the axle itself. In most instances, the oil will drip straight down, so take note of any oil stains directly underneath the axles a couple of minutes after you have parked your vehicle. You should also check for oil on the rear wheels and brakes, as the rear axle\'s hub seals also tend to leak and leave oil traces on these components. It should be noted, however, that any oil-like stains on these parts may also indicate worn or damaged wheel bearings, so don\'t forget to check for consistency.
Once you have a general idea where the leak is located, clean the area thoroughly of any oil residue and drive your SUV. This should get the oil flowing again through the leak and for you to determine its location more accurately.
Plugging a leak in the axle depends on the location where the oil is coming out of. Oil leaks on the axle\'s various gaskets and seals will require you to discard and drain the oil drained, and have the worn gasket replaced with a new gasket. However, if the leak is due to a cracked axle, the entire unit itself will need to be replaced. Either way, it is recommended to drain the axles of any oil and refill it with a new one to ensure optimum performance.