Our standard car snow chains have a 9mm protrusion and so there needs to be a gap of about 15mm between the inner edge of the tyre and any obstructions (to allow for movement of the chain). For 16mm chains you need at least 21mm of clearance. When it is not possible to fit a standard snow chain we have various options to help.

How do I know what size tire chains to get?

The first number indicates tire width, the second gives you the tire height ratio (sidewall height as percentage of width) and the third denotes the diameter of the wheel expressed in inches. This information is critical in determining which snow chain size will fit your tire.

Do chains fit all tires?

Step 5: Select a chain using our fitguide

Once you know your tire size and what type of chains will work best for your needs, you're ready to start looking for the perfect chains. Enter your year, make, and model in our fitguide to see options that will fit your vehicle.

Are there different sizes for snow chains?

Tire chains are available for many different tire sizes and specific travel needs. Be sure to check your vehicle's instruction manual for recommendations regarding the use of snow chains. One tire chain may fit multiple tire sizes.

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Do snow chains go on all 4 tires?

Front-wheel-drive vehicles must put snow chains on their front tires, and rear-wheel-drive vehicles must put them on their rear axle. Ideally, you should put tire chains on all four tires for all types of vehicles. By using four tire chains, you'll be able to obtain the best possible traction and balance.

How do I know if I need snow chains?

Tire chains for cars should only be used if there is a layer of snow or ice on the road. Using chains on bare pavement can cause substantial damage to both your tires and the road itself. If you turn onto a road that's clearly been plowed and salted, pull over and remove the chains.

What tires do you put chains on 4WD?

For front-wheel-drive automobiles, tire chains should go on the front tires. And — you guessed it — for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, the chains must be put on the rear wheels. For a four-wheeler or all-wheel-drive, go with the front tires to give yourself more steering traction.

Does 4 wheel drive help on ice?

QUESTION: Is four-wheel drive better for icy roads? ANSWER: Yes, all wheel and four-wheel drive are better in ice and snow.

How long do snow chains last?

With infrequent use and care they can last several years. They are not the best option for more frequent use or areas that get a lot of snow and ice. A lot of factors will affect the life of any chains including road conditions and vehicle weight so an exact life span is not calculable.

What tires do you put chains on?

Place the separated chains by the tires: for a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the chains should go on the front two tires, and for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, on the rear two wheels.

How do you fit chains?

What does class S mean on tire chains?

Class S is the Society of Automotive Engineers' definition of the least amount of space that should be provided around the drive tires of any vehicle to accommodate the use of a winter traction device. Basically it means less than 37 mm of chain would be above the tire and 15 mm on the side of the tire.

Does Thule still make tire chains?

Expert Reply: Konig does make the tire chains for Thule and they are under the Thule umbrella. There are a couple of ways you can search for tire chains that will fit your 2011 Subaru Outback.

Can you leave tire chains on overnight?

Yes, you could leave the chains on but they could be taken off of the vehicle by a thief if they are willing to do enough work. Basically the car tires are going to be sitting on the chains so a thief could not just pull them off.

What happens if I don't have snow chains?

You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don't. You will usually have about a mile between "Chains Required" signs and the checkpoint to install your chains. Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions.

What can I use if I don't have snow chains?

Easy-to-Install Alternative Traction Devices

  • AutoSock Winter Traction Aid - The AutoSock is an innovative lightweight fabric-based, temporary traction aid for cars and trucks.
  • Spikes Spider Winter Traction Aid - The Spikes Spider winter traction aid is a durable, innovative alternative to traditional snow chains.
  • Are tire chains legal?

    California. Generally, California drivers can use tire chains when needed for preventing sliding and skidding. Four-wheel vehicles do need to carry with them traction devices in areas with chain control. R3 (Requirement 3): Traction devices or chains are needed for all vehicles and there are no exceptions.

    Do you need chains to go to Wrightwood?

    There are currently R2 chain conditions for Wrightwood, CA. R2: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)

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