OK bbf thanks. I do want to point out Arnott's solution is fairly new, so maybe that's why you not aware of it. As I mentioned before I have found a half a-- cure by detaching the rear ride hide sensors at the control arm, and that more or less caused the shocks to dampen equally, which dramatically reduced the rolling side to side all without causing a fault code. It's not perfect, but I'm happy, I no longer wobble down the road which was my main complaint. Just a suggestion for those of you still in doubt and want to end your misery, stay away from Strutmasters, go Arnott struts/shocks with simulation resistors to keep the drive control computer happy for $720 plus tax, shipping, and install if you can't DIY. Arnott fix is only good for 2013 thru 2016 MKZs. Been working on my cars for over 50 years, and got a good feeling about them, if that counts for anything. Good luck.Hi jhnjohnp. Yes, I'm pretty sure they did not say they are "selling like hotcakes" either.
Those were my rhetorical quotes, obviously. But everyone will hopefully get the point. And unless Arnott provides sales numbers on how many MKZ specific shocks have been sold, "back logged on some components-unable to fill orders" can mean a lot of things.
I have heard of no one, not a single MKZ owner (or Continental/Fusion), buying Arnott shocks for their MKZ. And that is on 7 MKZ/Lincoln/Fusion centric forums I participate in. And the reality is, at least up until now, neither have you....correct? So I'm unsure where all those Arnott shocks are flying off the shelves to.
I actually wish we lived closer to each other, so we could drive each others MKZ's and see exactly what you are describing, in comparison to my MKZ.
And if there was a widespread issue (at least something more than two owners), I would be the first to stand beside you and call for a solution.
I will say this: The only reason I hope I am correct is not just to be right, but because my point of view means there are many more happy owners of MKZ's than unhappy ones. And I assume you would feel the same way, since it does not solve your problem, and makes your problem no easier to handle to imagine more unhappy MKZ owners.
I would use the analogy of a person who is ill: Finding reasons to believe many others are also ill with the same disease provides no cure to that sick person and makes the illness no easier to get through for that sick person.
As soon as I see more evidence of more MKZ owners complaining of a similar suspension issue (more than 2 here), I will certainly feel it may be more widespread, as you believe. Until then, all the non-anecdotal evidence points to this issue being very limited.
A theory is a theory. And evidence is evidence. And there is no evidence yet of a widespread problem.
And obviously, for the sake of other MKZ owners, I hope it stays a limited problem. I'm sure you do to, since having more sick people in beds next to you does not help cure you.
I hope you understand I am not trying to argue with you, only put things in a proper context. And obviously, no matter how much we discuss this, I realize I am not going to change your opinion. However, I also hope just as strongly that you and JWR can find a satisfactory resolution for your problems.
Until then, I certainly commiserate with your plight.
Peace and good luck to you too, jhnjohnp.