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2012 MKS awd struts & headlamps for friend of friend

MySistersMechanic

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I'm new to the forum. A friend of a friend has an MKS. This person has been having serious financial problems & now her car needs repairs. I'm thinking about helping her out by doing the repairs for her. I work on my old Mazda, my sister's Honda, & my Dad's F-250, but I have no experience w/ Lincolns. It's going to take some effort just to see the car, so I wanted to ask & see if this was worth while doing before I made a long drive to look at the car.

1) Per her mechanic, she needs new struts & strut towers. Any car that needs new strut towers is going to the junk yard, so I'm guessing that this isn't correct. I googled & couldn't find any info about MKS strut towers rusting out, so I think this isn't common. Is it possible this is referring to the strut assembly? Do you guys replace the entire assembly when you need a new strut?

2) I have a strut spring compressor. Do I need anything else to replace MKS struts? Any special tools?

3) Per her mechanic, moisture is getting into her headlamp assembly & fogging the lenses. This won't pass safety inspection. I found new assemblies for ~$500 apiece, which she can't afford. My local U-pull-it has no MKSs. Is it possible to seal the assemblies? Clean the exterior & apply silicone glue to the joints?

4) She needs a new belt tension pulley. How hard is replacement?

5) Any recommendations on a manual? Go online & buy a factory manual on a disc?

Any advice from people who are experienced w/ working on these cars is appreciated.
 

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