2004 LS transmission/tire sizes

Tiny
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  • 2004 LINCOLN LS
  • V8
  • FWD
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  • 79,000 MILES
I have a 2004 LS. I just got the transmission replaced. The dealership said that it was because of the tires that were on the car, P245/45R17. When I called the dealership, I bought the car from they said the tires were fine. The standard tires for the car are P235/50R17.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 6:23 AM

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Tiny
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Car is rear wheel drive. Sorry.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Oversized tires can ruin steering parts, not usually transmissions, yours were an inch wider, I don't think that would do it.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 10:10 AM
Tiny
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I agree with the dealer. Those tires were considerably taller, dramatically increasing the gear ratio and putting excessive strain and heat on the transmission that it wasn't engineered to take.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 11:06 AM
Tiny
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I drive this car about 400 miles a month. If I wait a few weeks, is that likely to be a long-term issue?
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Friday, May 27th, 2011 AT 10:35 AM
Tiny
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You already lost one transmission because of this and it will void any warranty you have so why would you even ask that.
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Friday, May 27th, 2011 AT 12:21 PM
Tiny
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I just checked tire chart and the difference between 235 and 245 goes from 26.25 to 26.65 I don't think iys enough to ruin a transmisson and 50 r to 45 r is width
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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 AT 1:31 AM
Tiny
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P235/50r 17 is 26.25 high and 9.25 wide.
P245/45r is 25.68 high and 9.65 wide. 1/2 inch difference I would be shocked if that can ruin the tranny.
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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 AT 1:39 AM
Tiny
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No, that is incorrect. The 50 to 45 is an aspect ratio. When the aspect ratio is increases, so is the height and that would be in addition to the 10mm increase in cross section. There is nearly 2 inches difference in circumference between those 2 sizes
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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 AT 1:41 AM
Tiny
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Man that was fast! Are you alarmed? I will look into it again, but my chart shows what I posted. Again thanks for keeping abrest of this post
I could be misinformed.
I used an android app called garage buddy and rechecked it it does show the numbers I posted, it could be wrong, but since you were eaiti g to spring you findings on me instead of just posting them, I am curious!
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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 AT 2:02 AM
Tiny
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I was responding to your first post and hadn't seen the second one. Your numbers are not all that different from mine, I just have some additional info. The height isn't the real problem. It's the additional circumference that the height causes. We aren't talking about large amounts but some transmissions are more sensitive to it than others are and ford makes some real weak ones. It will make a difference over time. It's not like we are trying to predict the future, it has already ruined one trans and the dealer has indicated this as the cause and I agree with them. Increasing the gear ratio causes the tranny to work harder and run hotter. It's certainly not ideal and should be avoided in the future.
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Saturday, May 28th, 2011 AT 2:11 AM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Here you go!

A solution to your problem!

The right size!

I did not "Browse" a long time, but this was the least expensive I found in 10 minutes! I know you can do better, with a little more time!

Got my Tires on Ebay, Installed/ Balanced them myself, on my buddy's manual changer.

Even if you had a tire shop do it, You would still save $$$!

The Medic
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 AT 2:56 AM

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