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Lincoln Aviator Manual Access Enabled Via This Concealed Mechanism

The current, second-generation Lincoln Aviator features a variety of chic and clever design elements that separate it from the competition. One of these is the location of the mechanism that allows manual access to the vehicle.

The keyhole that allows manual access to the vehicle is typically found within one of the vehicle’s front door handles. But in the case of the Aviator, it’s located within the decorative insert of both front quarter panels, just below the mounts for the exterior mirrors. Not only does this cleverly-disguised keyhole provide Aviator owners with the ability to access their vehicle in the event that it has no power, but it does so without disrupting the Aviator’s smooth exterior design.

Before we get into the use and operation of the manual access key hole, we should note that the Aviator features electronic handles that are fixed to the exterior, meaning they don’t move when pulled to open the door. Instead, the handles have a small rubber-coated button or “trigger pad” on the inside part of each door handle that senses the movement and enables the driver and passengers alike to open the Aviator’s doors to enter the vehicle. But when the Aviator loses power, the electronic door handles become inactive, preventing the driver or passengers from unlocking or opening any of its doors.

In this situation, owners will need to use the small keyhole and the vehicle’s key blade to manually open the doors, by following these three steps:

  1. Remove their key blade from the remote control (key fob).
  2. Insert the key blade into the lock cylinder.
  3. Turn the key blade clockwise.

That should unlatch one of the front doors, enabling access to the cabin. This, in turn, should allow owners to open the hood to jump-start the vehicle.

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  1. Ford Owner

    My 2014 Fusion Hybrid has this feature in the door handle. But Ford should have added this to the Mustang Mach-E .

  2. Steve

    I’m not a fan of the keyless ignition and entry. Just one more thing that can go wrong.

    1. Bill C

      I agree, more electronics = more chance of a problem.
      And Ford thinks this is a clever idea because of the location. WOW that’s incredible.

      1. Alex Luft

        You guys are kidding, right? This is exactly the kind of thinking that impedes progress. I do hope that you typed your comments on Windows 95, with a tube display and a dot matrix printer sitting close by.

        Keyless entry and start are the new standard. In the 12 cars I’ve owned and probably 100 press cars I’ve driven over the past decade, I’ve not had a single problem with the technology. Not a fan? Then buy a vehicle from the 90s or early 2000s, and call it a day.

        The whole point is that on the Aviator, the manual access is implemented in a unique way. Most cars put it on or below the door handle. Lincoln put it in a different spot that results in a sleeker design. Don’t overthink it, and give credit where it’s due.

        1. Max Frisson

          I drive a Volvo V60 Polestar. Full of technology. But I am buying an XR7 Cougar as my next car. A 50-year-old plus car with a few upgrades provides better what I want at age 70 than any Lincoln product today.
          FYI: Typed on a MacBook Pro laptop

          1. Rich G

            You just owned yourself. The Cougar is your SECOND car, not your primary/only vehicle. Your point here is….lacking.

        2. Rich G

          You’re right about all of this. I know people complain about anything and everything here, but keyless entry??? Just ridiculous.

          I’m surprised it wasn’t followed up with “My Ford hasn’t worked since 2020 and no one at Ford cares, not even the dealership.”

          1. Alex Luft

            Max – I hope that Cougar works out for you. But I’m sure you know full well that your choice doesn’t represent even close to the majority of the market or the car buying public at large. I do hope you have fun with that really awesome NVH, comfort features, and crash worthiness of the Cougar. Will be fun trying to keep up with traffic at 85 mph when the whole car is shaking like a faulty GE dryer while letting in all the sounds.

        3. The Gentle Grizzly

          Progress: replacing a $5.00 key, or a $25.00 key / remote doorlock released with a dealer-only part for several hundred. That is, if one is in stock and you don’t need it on a Sunday.

  3. gerry

    The Mustang Mach E has an access panel in the front bumper to connect 12v to the vehicle to activate the doors if I read the owner manual correctly


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