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Troubleshooting Lincoln Check Engine Light

Is the Check Engine Light appearing on your Lincoln? Learn how to troubleshoot the cause of why your check engine light is on and know possible solutions to remove the warning light from your Lincoln using an OBD-II Scanner.


What does Lincoln check engine light mean?

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Lincoln check engine light comes on to alert the driver that there is something wrong with your engine, emissions, or transmission. A fault code that can help you understand the problem gets stored in the Engine Control Unit (ECU) and can easily be retrieved with an OBD-II scanner.

Lincoln check engine light may come on due to something as simple as a loose gas cap, but it can also indicate an expensive problem. If the Lincoln check engine light is flashing, the engine control unit (ECU) has detected a misfire. It is not recommended to drive if the check engine light is on. Driving with a flashing check engine light can cause damage to the engine and catalytic converter.


Common symptoms you may notice when your Lincoln check engine stays on.

  • Rough running
  • Engine Misfire or juddering
  • Lack of power
  • Poor throttle response
  • Unusual sounds
  • Smoke from the exhaust

If an evaporative system leaks, such as a loose gas cap, you may not notice any performance issues, but fuel economy may decrease. With the check engine light on, the first thing you need to do is read codes and find out what faults are stored in the ECU.


You can take your car to the workshop for a full diagnosis or get a hold of an OBD-II scanner and read the codes yourself. Auto parts stores may allow you to borrow the scanner to read the codes.

How to read codes

For this procedure, you will need an OBD-II scanner.

  1. Locate your Lincoln diagnostic port under the dashboard on the driver’s side.Lincoln port to diagnose check engine light
  2. Plugin your OBD-II scanner and turn on the ignition. Do not start the engine.
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  3. Allow the scanner to turn on. Select Read Codes from the main menu to retrieve the fault codes stored in the ECU.Troubleshootin- Lincoln-Check-Engine
  4. Write down the codes and research what each system means. The fault codes are only the starting point. Consider all possible problems before you replace parts.

There is no point in clearing fault codes if you have not fixed the problem. The check engine light will turn back if you don’t fix the problem but clear the codes. If you fix the problem but do not clear the codes, the Lincoln check engine light will reset independently after a few driving cycles.

Common Problems

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Common causes of check engine light on Lincoln vehicles.

  • Bad spark plugs
  • Oxygen sensor
  • Catalytic converter
  • MAF sensor
  • Faulty ignition coils
  • Vacuum leak

In addition to the issues listed above, the problems below are also known to effect Lincoln vehicles.

Fuel Pressure Sensor: The fuel pressure sensor can be a source of engine running issues accompanied by a check engine light on many V6 engines. Usual symptoms vary from hard starting or not starting to lack power and black smoke from the exhaust. Luckily, the sensor is not expensive, and it is quite easy to replace. Code: P0193 – fuel pressure sensor – circuit high

Fuel Pump Module: Truck-based SUVs, such as Lincoln, have a fuel pump driver module mounted on the chassis member. This module controls the speed of the fuel pump. As it is exposed to elements, it can eventually fail due to condensation and dirt contamination. This will cause the engine to stall and usually unable to restart. Code: P1233 – Fuel pump driver module off-line

Vacuum Leaks: It is not rare to have a random cylinder misfire on a Lincoln. Tracing down the source of the problem can be tricky, as it usually happens sporadically. In addition to checking spark plugs and ignition coil, you should also inspect the intake for eventual vacuum leaks. Code: P0300

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System: An EVAP system has many plastic hoses and lines that can get brittle and break over time. This causes various leaks, usually very small and hard to trace. Finding a leak is best by testing the whole system with a smoke machine. Codes: P0456 Check Engine – Small EVAP Leak

PCV Valve: Older Lincolns with V8 Modular engines can suffer from an engine running extremely rough on idle and low speeds or stalling. If this is combined with code-combo P2195, P2197, P0171, and P0174 combo, it is almost certainly caused by a large vacuum leak. The first thing to check is PCV valves and hoses, which tend to break, causing a sudden vacuum leak. Use either smoke generating machine or a carb cleaner to pinpoint the leak.

Throttle Actuator: Newer V6 Lincolns are seemingly prone to throttle-related issues. In most cases, this is caused by a throttle actuator stuck in one position or it cannot open all the way.  This will cause stalling, especially under hard acceleration. Replacing the throttle body assembly is the only solution. Code: P2112 – Throttle Actuator stuck

Fuel: Many 2005 or newer Lincolns can have a check engine light going on at the end of autumn when the temperatures drop. If there are no other apparent symptoms, this can easily be caused by an engine computer detecting a possible misfire when the engine is started. This usually happens because a summer blend of fuel is still used. Code: P0316 – misfire detected on startup.


If you want a more professional scanner that can read and clear fault codes on every control module of your vehicle, use the YOUCANIC Full System Scanner.

We hope you find the Troubleshooting Lincoln Check Engine Light guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Lincoln.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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  1. Alison gifford says:

    check engine light on my MKX 2010 Lincoln/ 63* anybody have any idea why it might be causing it? it runs really rough