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Lincoln drivers are likely to notice a smoother ride this year, even though Canadians expect this to be one of the nastiest pothole seasons in recent memory.

Drivers behind the wheel of a vehicle equipped with the Lincoln Drive Control system, which amongst other things manages the continuously controlled damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, will notice that their vehicles seems to defy gravity.

The CCD system on the MKZ, for instance, monitors 46 inputs every two milliseconds. If one of the wheels were to drop rapidly into a pothole, the specially designed pothole algorithm software would jump into action, applying additional damping to the shocks, therby keeping the wheel from dropping as deeply into the pothole as it normally would.

The pothole algorithm is always on, and works in any of the driver-selectable modes – normal, comfort or sport.

In normal conditions, the CCD system on the Lincoln MKZ provides real-time data to quickly adjust the shocks to deliver an optimum blend of ride and handling.

When a pothole is detected and in the event a wheel drops rapidly, the specially developed pothole algorithm software applies additional damping to the shocks to keep the tire and wheel from dropping as deeply into the pothole.

The result is a less-harsh reaction. Because the tire and wheel do not drop as deeply into the pothole, the tire and wheel do not strike the opposite side of the pothole as harshly, mitigating the effects of many events.

Adding a new meaning to “March Madness,” the annual tab for pothole damage sets U.S. motorists back nearly $5 billion per year, the insurance industry warns. It has even created a tire shortage in some areas, according to Ford customer service division.

Lincoln Drive Control and its continuously controlled damping system is doing its part to make the premium drive as smooth as possible.

This is what Lincoln is terming the epidemic of potholes left behind from our record snowfalls and wicked low temps this winter. A bit of opportunity marketing to say the least and an excellent plug for their CCD suspension.

Lincoln just released a press release that says exactly that...

While the polar vortex has had much of the country in a vise grip, its impact has created a new condition: the pothole vortex.

Road divots that turn the infrastructure into mega-holed golf courses do not allow for a luxury experience to say the least…unless, of course, one is driving the 2014 Lincoln MKZ.

MKZ has a special pothole defense mechanism within its standard continuously controlled damping (CCD) suspension, which provides some protection against jarring impact and costly wheel/tire repairs from the dreaded highway pitfalls.
hehehh, good show I suppose!
 

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I remember reading about this CCD suspension tech and how it protects the car from potholes. Its one of those things that I can't really get excited about until I get to try ti myself. Does anyone have experience with the technology? Does it work?
 

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I remember reading about this CCD suspension tech and how it protects the car from potholes. Its one of those things that I can't really get excited about until I get to try ti myself. Does anyone have experience with the technology? Does it work?
I have a 2013 MKZ, and live in Colorado, which has horrible roads. I bought the car in January (5 months ago) and have since hit several pot holes. Yesterday, I hit the grandaddy, and it put a bubble in my tire. I have the 19-inch wheels. I'm not sure if I'll have to replace all the tires or not. I have 6-7k miles on the tires.
 

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I have a 2013 MKZ, and live in Colorado, which has horrible roads. I bought the car in January (5 months ago) and have since hit several pot holes. Yesterday, I hit the grandaddy, and it put a bubble in my tire. I have the 19-inch wheels. I'm not sure if I'll have to replace all the tires or not. I have 6-7k miles on the tires.
you won't have to replace ALL the tires, but you will have to replace the bulging one. Its not dangerous as in life threatening but it is dangerous. The internal belts and layers that hold it all together have been damaged, the tire will let go on you the question is when. Better to replace it now rather than have it strand you anywhere...
 

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Bubbles on the tread isn't bad, on the sidewall...it will be an issue and could end in a blow out, which can be dangerous
 

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I have a 2013 MKZ, and live in Colorado, which has horrible roads. I bought the car in January (5 months ago) and have since hit several pot holes. Yesterday, I hit the grandaddy, and it put a bubble in my tire. I have the 19-inch wheels. I'm not sure if I'll have to replace all the tires or not. I have 6-7k miles on the tires.
So what you are saying is that the pothole protection suspension doesn't work very well? Either that or it can only handle potholes of a certain size. Sounds like this particular pothole was pretty big.
 

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I mean the car isn't going to float over large holes in the road, but it will even out more reasonably sized pot holes. I think its a great idea, and I'm hoping that they will improve the technology to be even better in the future.

Is this a feature that they are putting in all Lincoln models? Does the MKC have it?
 
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