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Perfect for occasional use, these tire chains feature rugged steel wiring covered with case hardened steel rollers for traction. Easy-to-install chains comply with all DOT specifications and fit either front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Please Note: To determine whether you can use snow chains on your vehicle, consult your owner's manual.
SAE Class S tire chains are designed for use on vehicles with restricted wheel-well clearance. Certain newer cars, vans and small trucks, especially those with large, aftermarket tires, may require Class S chains.
These chains will fit your tires provided there is both:
To choose the right snow chain, you must match your tire size. Those measurements can be found on the side of your tire.
These chains fit the following tire sizes:
Video of Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair
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Today we're going to be taking a look at the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number PW1042. These Glacier Snow Tire chains are ideal for passenger vehicles, light trucks, and light SUVs. They meet the Department of Transportation requirements in all states. They are made out of a low-carbon steel construction so they are going to be strong, durable, and last a long time. They are SAE Class S chains. They are designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. Their low profile design is going to give you a smoother ride than most chains.
They feature steel rollers on the cross cables so it's going to give you adequate traction on light snow and ice. The ladder pattern is very effective for starts and stops. It's going to give you the bite you need to get going. They are designed to work with wheels between 14 and 20 inches. See etrailer.com for your exact tire size. They have a maximum speed rating of 30 miles per hour, and they come in a quantity of two. Let's go ahead and show you how easy they are to get installed.
We're going to be putting tire chains on the front tires of our Town and Country because it is front wheel drive. To begin our test fit it's a good idea to go ahead and lay your chain out, make sure there is no kinks, twists, or any tangles in it. You also want to be sure that the hook is here, the open side is facing up. Our tire is actually going to be on this side. Now let's go ahead and drape our chain over our tire.
Now, you want to be sure it's even on both sides. A good way to check that is to grab the cable here, and feel around the back and make sure it's about the same. We'll hook up the back first. Here behind our tire, what we need to do is take our stoppers here and our eyelet here and connect them together. We don't want to connect too many of them together because then we won't be able to connect the front side evenly. Let's go ahead and start by connecting four.
Then we'll move on to the front. We'll do the exact same thing here only this time we'll connect as many as we can together. It looks like we'll be able to get the third one. Then we can repeat the same process for the other side. Once you get both sides done the manufacturer does recommend using a rubber adjuster. What this is going to do is it's going to help keep tension on your cable chain around your tire while we're on the road. They are very easy to install. You can pick up two as part number PW105. Make sure that the hook is facing away from our tire. We'll hook the top, then we'll go directly across. Then we just work our way around. You can see how it's already starting to tighten up the chain. Once we've got it hooked up, it is a good idea to drive a short distance, stop, get out, check to see if you need to make any adjustments. That's going to complete our look at the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number PW1042.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (466 Customer Reviews)Perfect for occasional use, these tire chains feature rugged steel wiring covered with case hardened steel rollers for traction. Easy-to-install chains comply with all DOT specifications and fit either front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
by: Gary K09/19/2016
These chains actually fit the front wheels of my Subaru Outback. (225/65-17) Unlike the "EZ" chains I'd previously bought from online-retailer "A," these chains have inner and outer cables with a sufficient length (circumference) to sit at the widest part of the tire as opposed to the other chains I'd ordered from brand "A" that, at the cross-link points, fell inside the 17" wheel diameter, and therefore interfered with the suspension components of the front wheels. I'll admit that the split chains that DIDN'T work for me were much easier to install, and they appeared to be of a little sturdier constructions, than the PW1042 chains that I now have, but I couldn't get circumference information for the other company's chains, or confirmation that they'd fit my car, not just my tires. The pw1042 chains have equal-length inside and outside cables, and they are adjustable, so I can make sure that the inside cable is snug enough, but well clear of the car's suspension. The other company's "EZ" chains offered no such adjustment. I'll probably be using the second notch on the inside of the tires, and then the third or fourth notch on the outside of the tires. The rubber adjusters that I also bought will take up any (not much) slack that there is. 296415
by: Bill B.12/27/2010
Excellent Customer Sevice I live in Florida and our family is taking a ski trip to the mountains of North Carolina. Last year, we drove to Greensboro in our van but rented a 4WD vehicle to drive to the mountains. This year we want to avoid that hassle so snow chains were a must-have precaution. The etrailer.com web site was very easy to navigate to find the correct products. Email communication from etrailer.com was continuous and prompt throughout the entire order, shipping, delivery process. The chains shipped quickly and I received them very fast. As the instructions suggest, I have "dry-fit" the chains in my driveway before actually needing them. They fit perfectly and are very easy to install. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I even needed the rubber adjusters because I can only stretch the adjuster to attach to the chains at two points (the adjusters have five hooks). I have not used the chains to drive in the snow yet and I’m hoping I won't need to use them during our trip. But if I do need them, I am prepared and ready to go thanks to etrailer.com 4634
by: Jeff T.12/15/2016
Bought a new pair of Glacier spring tire cables with the adjusters. They arrived in California within a few days. Product purchased for our 2017 Subaru Outback since these are the only authorized tire traction devices for Subaru vehicles. Sold our former Outback after 17 years and 200,000 mile of excellent service. These are almost never necessary on Subaru cars with the rare exception of ice ink conditions on which you can't even stand up. The CHP flags Subaru cars thru without added traction devices because they really aren't needed. A CHP officer once flagged us out of a line of cars being turned around in Truckee when I-80 was closed over Donner Summit because of too much snow and motioned that we were the exception to the rule and were cleared to head on home. 326543
by: William D.02/01/2011
etrailer, Finding the correct size was of cables was very easy utilizing your website. I received my order within a few days of placement even though I had them delivered by ground. I found the directions to be clear and installation simple. The cables easily fit back into the soft storage case. I purchased the cables as an insurance policy and hope I will never be able to write a review on how effective they are in ice and snow. I have already recommended etrailer to my friends who are also planning to travel into the land of ice and snow this winter. Thank you, William D. 6487
by: William D.02/01/2011
etrailer, Finding the correct size was of cables was very easy utilizing your website. I received my order within a few days of placement even though I had them delivered by ground. I found the directions to be clear and installation simple. The cables easily fit back into the soft storage case. I purchased the cables as an insurance policy and hope I will never be able to write a review on how effective they are in ice and snow. I have already recommended etrailer to my friends who are also planning to travel into the land of ice and snow this winter. Thank you, William D. 6486
by: Don M.10/19/2014
I have not used them as yet, but put them on the car. It was nice weather when I put them on, but can see they will not be much of a problem when, and if I need to use them, when it is cold, and snow is on the ground. As always the delivery was prompt. The bag they are in is a little underwhelming, as it tore when taking them out, and then when I put them back it tore even more. It still will work, but does not look to good. I'll fix it ,it will be fine. Keep up the good work. Thank you. Don---------------------------------- 156772
by: Aaron Blair01/06/2011
Glacier Cable Snow Chains I ordered 2 pair of cable chains for my wife and daughters Ford Escapes and they arrived in only a couple of days and they were a perfect fit and great quality. The service I received from etrailer was great. They sent me emails continuously to keepo me updated on the status of my order all the way through the process until they were delivered tom my front door. I would recommend them to friends and family and if I ever need more chains, I know where to go. Aaron 5049
Just received the cables for my GMC 4x4 and Equinox AWD. The CHP is now requiring all vehicles including 4x4 and AWD to carry chains/cables. We are heading to the snow and needed these quickly. After shopping online I found that Etrailer had what we needed and got them to us in less than 3 days. Great customer service, Ann was pleasant and knowledgeable, the price was very good, they had the cables in stock, and got them to us when promised. Can't ask for more from a supplier. 234584
by: Vue T.12/31/2012
I was amazed I got an email response on my order the same day, not to mention a few hours after I placed the order. Etrailer even upgraded my order to 3 - 5 day for a faster delivery. I also got a fallow up to make sure I received my product. WOW! Great Service! Special thanks to Patrick Breedlove for the fallow up, Joe H. for the expedite shipping, and George J. for a quick respond to my order. Keep up the good work. I look forward to doing business with Etrailer. 62302
by: Stuart Parish11/10/2011
I purchased these chains for emergency use on my SUV when I visit my vacation home in the mountains of Tennessee. I feel highly confident these chains will provide me with the safety and security for my family. The pricing and shipping costs were 75% less than another merchant I was considering. Plus, storage bags were included! I would recommend this company to everyone. The prices are excellent! Stuart Parish Cincinnati, Oh. 26826
This is my second order from etrailer. The products are fantastic and the prices very competitive. What is absolutely amazing is the service you receive, from the super friendly website to all the notification and follow up of the order. I got my order faster than I expected and the cherry on top was the last email personalized for me with all the instruction I may need. Thank you George, great job! 328212
by: Steve M.02/20/2015
The chains appear to be what I need for my rear wheel drive car in the snowy months. A bit difficult to install on rear wheel cars with low profiles. I have BMW 335I. Also, it is a must to install the chains prior to a snow storm if you park your car outside. I was not able to install them while my was parked on layers of snow and ice. I'll be prepared for the next storm. 175417
Haven't used yet but we needed product along with the s chains in a weeks time. They were out of part of our order were great in helping get a similar item to complete order and getting it shipped. Their customer service was awesome during this whole process. When was the last time you talk to somebody on the Sunday instead of an automatic system straight away? 338982
by: Vincent B01/31/2017
The chains are fine, i.e. they fit as advertised. Haven't had a chance to use them in the snow, but I'm sure they'll work just fine. As far as the storage bag.... well, not so good! The zipper broke the first time I tried to zip it up. I'll have to find a canvas bag to store the chains in, a bag that's big enough to keep leather gloves in as well as the chains. 337191
Chains are good quality and fit our 2005 Mercury Montego front wheel drive car. It has very little clearance on the inside so fit was important. Only part I added to was the excess cable that is left hanging after you clip the chains the metal keeper is to loose to hold the excess so I just used a couple tie wraps and its fine. Thanks 167994
by: Richard F11/15/2011
As soon as I received that package, I tried it out with my truck and it fits perfectly. The best part is that it super easy to install. I bought the tire chain with the rubber adjuster but it turns out that it can be installed without it but ofcourse for safety purposes it is better to have one. EASY, FAST AND WORTH EVERY PENNY! 26976
by: Gerald B.11/14/2011
I haven't used the cable snow tire chains yet but they look like they will fit my needs perfectly on my Ford Escape. I have never had any better on line service before. Shipping was very fast and the etrailer follow up was excellent and kept me informed through the whole process. I would definitely buy from them again. 26906
by: Dave P.01/06/2016
Great tire chain cables. Superfast shipping. Ordered on a Monday afternoon and received Wednesday afternoon. 2 day shipping of course. Shipping was a little more expensive than the actual product but for a pair of snow chains and fast shipping, it was worth it. Installing the cables are super easy too. Thank you. 234873
Very pleased with my experience with Etrailer. Package arrived before scheduled date and neatly packed. I'm usually pretty skeptical about purchasing items online. The website was easy to use and professionally constructed which reassured a secure purchase. I will use them in the future. 295472
by: Kassity S.01/24/2017
Sam is so helpful! I ordered a set of tire chains for an upcoming ski trip and they weren't going to arrive on time, so Sam helped me cancel that order and find chains that would be able to ship on time and they just got here in plenty of time! Thanks so much! Great customer service! 334967
by: Sargon T.01/26/2017
I have received the parts. Had no chance to use them yet. But they look as they were described on the website. I hope they withstand but at the same time I hope I will never have to use them since I have not put chains on for over 20 years and don't want to get my hands dirty LOL. 335618
by: Jim McAvoy11/20/2011
Fast delivery, great product, everything fit and worked as advertised, my friends were most impressed by the USA Flags I gave them for their hitches, you got any more? Thanks again, you guys do a great job and have an easy web site to order and track progress. Best Regasrds, Jim 27201
by: Bennie S.11/16/2016
Haven't been able to try out the tire chains but impressed with the timing of receiving the package. Ordered on the 8Nov and received it 8 days later overseas using FPO AE through USPS. Awesome. Little worried it may not make it on time for our trip but it did. Thank you. 316971
Looks great and comes in a nice soft carrying case. I got these for a winter trip to Grand Canyon, but didn't have to use them, so I can't comment on the quality beyond what I can see and feel. Seems good though. I had similar chains for my old Nissan and they worked fine. 329621
by: Robert P.11/12/2016
Theses cables worked perfectly. They were easy to install and use. I hated using chains on my last vehicle but these cables were great. Very little noise and the van handled good with them on. This was a great investment. I'm about to start using them again for this year. 316117
by: Frank B10/31/2016
Received in a very timely manner with great communication throughout the process. Although we haven't used them yet, I am certain the customer support will continue to be stellar and will not hesitate to contact them or purchase from etrailer in the future. 312475
Swift delivery. These cables are much smaller and lighter than the chains I've used before which is nice. Love the enclosed bag to carry them in. Havent had the opportunity to use them yet in the ice storms we have here in SC, and hopefully I won't!!!! 162058
by: L Dussan02/01/2016
Loved the product (put it on my Sienna SE Premium, stock wheels). Easy to install in mild snow storm with bare hands. Drove at 25MPH no problem for 10 miles. Used chains on second and third notch (or whatever that is called) 236737
by: Jim D12/21/2012
I haven't used the chains yet, but they look exactly as I expected. Purchased them for a trip out west this winter where some areas require chains. They arrived in a nice bag for storage, which I hadn't expected, nice surprise. 61834
I bought a set of the cables and Keepers for my wifes 2012 Town and Country minivan. They are easily installed and easily removed. I would highly recommend this to anyone with one of these vehicles that has to drive in snow. 331887
by: Shawn Buinicky12/17/2016
Excellent service and delivery. Product is compact and easy to install. The wide tire size range allows them to work on my Forester and WRX just fine. They collapse nicely into a small bag for easy storage under the seat. 325759
by: Rand M09/28/2016
I thought my Glacier cable chains were made in Austria by Pewag but discovered they were made in China when delivered. Wasn't made clear in ad.......Dissapointed. Chinese cable chains are made of weaker steel, apparently. 301141
Got this in case of emergency on my winter road trips. Nice compact size in a bag...the nylon bag has a odd chemical oder...so will carry it in something else perhaps as I dont have a trunk. For use on a 2015 Honda CRV. 322003
by: Don R.11/04/2011
etrailer.com did a great job of handling the order..received within three days of ordering. The cable chains look good..haven't used them yet. I'm very happy with the service, and would recommend etrailer.com. 26549
Bought these chains for emergency use on a 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring (with PAX run flat tires). I tested the fit and they look like they will work. But have not tried them out in a real situation yet. 65702
by: Dave G12/24/2016
Have not had the chance to use but threw them on to see installation and it very simple. All in all, a good product and definitely recommend. Shipment came very quick and ease of website was great. 327792
by: Jan L08/25/2016
Product arrived in a timely fashion. I purchased these so I dont need snow tires. I live in BC so I may not need them, but I have to carry them if I go through the Fraser Canyon from Oct to Mar. 287752
by: Bruce B.01/22/2012
I got a great product at a great price. The etrailer team kept me posted on the status of my order and my new snow chains arrived sooner than expected! Thanks for a great experience. Bruce 30137
by: C. Hughes12/07/2012
Straight forward design, easy to install. Serves the purpose. Second item I have ordered from etrailer...other than excessive packaging, I could not be more impressed with the service. 60870
by: Gene P.11/18/2014
Rec'd Chains & Tensioners in good shape.Both seemed to be as advertised. I have not had a chance to try them on the car yet. Maybe today. Thanks for the prompt service. G. 161558
by: Adam R01/27/2017
Bought them for a ski trip to Colorado and never actually had to use them. I did however do a test fit before I left and they were very easy and simple to put on. 335913
by: Greg H.01/06/2011
Quick Easy Ordering and Delivery I found this site to be very helpful with its selection tools, very easy to order, and delivery was amazingly quick. 5104
by: Vijay R12/11/2016
This is the third time in 4 years, I am buying the same product from the same company - etrailer - that should be a good review in itself :) 324112
A very good product,and the shipping was fast.It almost seem like it was next day usps.please buy your tire chains from etrailer. Thanks. 5807
by: HU JOHN WEN12/28/2012
If your product "snowchain" increase max speed to 40 mph it would be better because most of highway minimum speed is 40 mph. 62162
by: Bill Naivar02/07/2014
After being stuck on the iced over Interstate for almost 24 hours last week, I hope these will get me home the next time. 116031
by: Wyatt L.11/16/2012
Haven't had to use them yet, but they were easy to install and fit properly right out of the box when I tested them. 59486
by: Kenny A. VA02/13/2016
Haven't installed chains yet. Thanks for great service, the products were received as promised on time! 237715
Web page made buying this product very easy. Arrived yesterday, did a dry fit today and all is good. 319219
by: Andy K02/02/2017
Great product. Easy to take along while going on road trips just in case I get stuck in the snow. 340191
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