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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair

Glacier Tire Chains

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Glacier Tire Chains - PW1046

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.


  • Constructed of case hardened, low-carbon steel
    • Spring rollers are wrapped around sturdy wire cross cables
    • Durable side cables
  • Designed for passenger vehicles with limited wheel-well clearance
    • SAE Class S tire chains
  • Work on either front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles
  • Created with a low profile that gives you a smooth ride
  • Install quickly and easily
    • Rubber adjusters (sold separately) are recommended
  • Meet Department of Transportation requirements in all states
  • Packaged in reusable tote - great for storage


  • Fits: 15" - 20" tires (for exact sizes, see below)
  • Quantity: 2 cable chains
  • 90-Day warranty

Please Note: To determine whether you can use snow chains on your vehicle, consult your owner's manual.

Class S Designation

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.

SAE Class S Clearance Diagram

These chains will fit your tires provided there is both:

  • A - a minimum of 1.46" (37 mm) between the top of the tire tread and the wheel well
  • B - at least 0.59" (15 mm) between the tire's sidewall and the vehicle

How to Choose Snow Chains for Your Vehicle

To choose the right snow chain, you must match your tire size. Those measurements can be found on the side of your tire.

Tire size on sidewall


  1. (185) - indicates tire width in millimeters
  2. (60) - gives you the aspect ratio (sidewall height as percentage of width)
  3. (15) - denotes the diameter of the wheel rim in inches

1046 Glacier by Pewag, Cable Chains - Passenger Vehicles - 15" - 20" Tires

These chains fit the following tire sizes:

  • 215/75-17.5
  • 215/80-16
  • 215/85-16
  • 225/60-18
  • 225/65-18
  • 235/50-20
  • 235/55-18
  • 235/55-19
  • 235/60-18
  • 235/65-17
  • 235/65-18
  • 235/70-17
  • 235/75-16
  • 245/60-18
  • 245/65-17
  • 245/70-16
  • 245/75-16
  • 255/55-18
  • 255/65-16
  • 255/70-15
  • 255/70-16
  • 265/75-15
  • 275/35-19
  • 275/40-18
  • 275/40-19
  • 275/45-18
  • 275/55-17
  • 275/60-15
  • 285/30-18
  • 285/35-18
  • 285/35-19
  • 285/40-18
  • 295/30-18
  • 295/30-20
  • 295/35-18
  • 295/40-20
  • 295/50-15

Video of Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Edge
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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Honda Odyssey
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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey
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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2007 Volvo XC90

Video Transcript for Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Edge

Today in our 2013 Ford Edge we will be installing the glacier cable snow tire chains, part #PW1046, with tire size P235/65-R17. Now these cable chains are perfect for the occasional use. They are rugged steel wire covered with hard steel rollers for traction. To begin with the installation we will lay our chains out flat on the ground and make sure we get out any tangles or kinks that may be in the chains. Now we will lay the chains over the tire making sure that the cross-chains are centered on the tread of the tire and the hooks are facing out. After we drape the chains over the tire we will need to move to the inside of the tire where we will go ahead and take the cable eyelet and fit it through the opposite side cable end.

We will take out as much slack as possible and then take the additional tab and secure any leftover cable. Now here on the outside of the tire we will take the two ends and slide the cable eyelet, again through the cable tab at the other end, taking up as much slack as possible, and then securing the remaining cable. Note it is not necessary to be on the exact same cable eyelet as inside and outside. We can be one eyelet difference in either direction. Next we will go ahead and use the rubber tensioning tool part#pw100 and we will work around the tire in an even space shape, to further secure the chain to the tire.

Thats it and we are ready to hit the road. That does it for our test fit of the glacier cable snow tire chain, part #pw1046, in conjunction with the cable tensioner, part #pw100 with tire size P235/65-R17, on our 2013 Ford Edge.

Customer Reviews

Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair - PW1046

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (22 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kassel10/10/2013

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They fit properly, seem well-made and durable. Enclosed guidelines included helpful photos along with clear instructions. The tire chain carrying bag is an appropriate size, well-made and durable. The items were well packaged and delivered undamaged, on time.103389

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Adam F11/20/2012

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Came Today, earlier than promised. All shipped good, had good customer service, shipped me what I asked for. Haven't used the chains yet, but am sure they will be fine. Cheapest price, fast shipping, good customer service, would definately recommend. Adam59842

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Q. Public02/04/2011

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I use the product on a limited basis (really snowy conditions) but they provide great traction. I have 4wd with my JGC so accelerating and driving aren't the problem, it's the stopping. Even at slow speeds, driving down windy hills on the commute is problematic for any SUV. These chains definitely provide the traction you need in back road driving. Plus you do not have to shell out $600 on snow tires. 6655

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: TOM D01/13/2011

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert P.11/15/2011

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Standard shipping 5-7 days, but product was here in 23 hours! I put the tire cables on my truck, everything fit and was easy to install. I live in Illinois but won't use them untill this winter (going through northern Rockies in January). We shall see.26982

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Andrew B.10/11/2012

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The chains just arrived, but the service with this company was nothing short of excellent57020

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bonnie02/21/2014

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Great price...awesome product n super fast shipping!!117129

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Glenn C12/31/2013

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I haven't actually used my cables but they fit perfect on my 2011 Odyssey. 111621

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: fdb12/18/2013

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haven't used product, but was received as described and they look they will do the job when needed. Very well crafted.110337

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: HOMER LEE11/11/2013

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Good and friendly services followed by Timely delivery of a good product. What more can one ask for?107052

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Marvin M.11/01/2013

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This is a great product. they fit great on my ford truck F150.105936

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: 535i10/25/2013

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Fits 275 - 35- R19. Great customer serv ice.105077

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John L.10/11/2013

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Customer service was terrific! Product is good quality at a very competitive price. Thanks so much!103473

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob E09/23/2013

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Have not used them. Heading into the Sierra's. Next month. 101173

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brett12/29/2012

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Chains go on easy, and give me just enough traction plowing my driveway that I don't get stuck.62221

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis L.12/15/2012

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Just tried the chains on to make sure they fit, etc. Very pleased so far with them. Also, the ease of ordering and the time of the delivery was excellent. Thank you.61539

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ronnie A11/02/2012

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Prices are second to none. Installattion of my snow chain is very easy. Will be purchasing other accessory in the very near future.58756

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken D.03/09/2011

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Fast delivery. Came in a nice small carrying bag with easy to follow instructions and looks as expected. Hope we never have to use them!8880

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Stuart S02/15/2011

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My tire cables were shipped fast and look great. I will be prepared for the next round of winter weather.7211

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim Brewer02/11/2011

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Great product at a good price. Etrailer's delivery was extremely fast. Thanks7005

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: William B.02/04/2011

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The tire chains arrived in a very short time; much faster than I expected. Although I haven't used them yet, they look to be exactly what I wanted. Appear to be a good product at a reasonable price.6659

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben02/03/2011

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Bought these as "insurance" for our cars (bought a pair for our SUV and commuter car). I haven't used them yet but I think this is a good product w/ simple instructions and a nice carrying bag w/ handles. 6586

Ask the Experts about this Glacier Tire Chains
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation for a 1999 Chevy Silverado With Chrome Rims
  • Snow chains and even cables have metal parts that could potentially scratch your chrome wheels. It is more likely that scratches will occur during the installation process because when moving the chains are, ideally, in the correct position away from the rims and centrifugal force and tension will keep them in place. Probably the safest bet in terms of keeping your chrome rims pristine is to use something like the Glacier V-Bar Snow Tire Chains with Cam Tighteners, # PWH2829SC. With the cam t
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  • Can Snow Chains be Used on the Front and Rear Wheels of a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550
  • I checked the online manual for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 and it states that tire chains are only to be used on the rear wheels. Your owners manual may have different information for your specific vehicle. Either the # PW1046 Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains or the # PW1946V Glacier V-Trac Cable Snow Tire Chains are the correct size for your rear 285/35-18 wheel and tire combination. You will need to check your owners manual or with the Mercedes dealer to determine if snow chains can be us
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  • Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2010 Acura MDX
  • On your 2010 Acura MDX you can use 1 pair of chains, like the Glacier Tire Chains, # PW1046, that you have referenced, for use in snow and ice. You will want to put the chains on the primary drive wheels of the vehicle. For example, if you have a front wheel drive vehicle you would put them on the front wheels. For rear wheel drive vehicles, you would put them on the rear wheels. From the research I did, your MDX is all wheel drive. All wheel drive vehicles usually engage all 4 wheels as ne
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  • Availability of Snow Tire Chains For a LT225/75R16 Tire Size
  • The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW1042, will fit the LT225/75R16 tire size. I would also recommend to use the Glacier Rubber Adjusters, part # PW99, for the Glacier snow tire chain. They attach to the snow chains and keep constant tension on the chains for a tight, secure fit. I am including a link to a page that will show all of the snow tire chains I have available for the LT225/75R16 tire size.
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  • Snow Chain Recommendation for a 2006 Kia Sorento
  • As long as you have 245/70-16 size tires on your 2006 Kia Sorento these Glacier Tire Chains # PW1046 will work very well for you. You will need to consult the owners manual of your vehicle to see if there are any restrictions on snow chain usage on your vehicle. I attached an FAQ tire chains for you to check out also.
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  • How Many Sets of Snow Chains are Required on a 2006 Kia Sorento
  • It is recommended to at least have chains on the drive wheels of a vehicle. So in your case you would want them at least on the front wheels. It would not hurt to have them on all four, it should help with handling and braking, but you should also be fine just to have them on the front. You will still want to check with the owners manual to make sure that there are not any restrictions on snow chains on all four wheels or just on the front wheels. I attached an FAQ article on snow chains for
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  • Availability of Glacier Tire Cable Chains For 2009 Nissan Rogue
  • You will need the Glacier Tire Cable Chains, part # PW1038, to fit either the 215/70R16 tire size or the 225/60R17 tire size on your 2009 Nissan Rogue. These cable chains are a SAE Class S tire chains which are designed for vehicles with limited wheel-well clearance. I would also recommend to use the Glacier Rubber Adjusters, part # PW100, to keep tension on the snow cable chains. You will need to check your owners manual or with the car dealer to determine if you can use snow tire chains on
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  • Which Tire Chains Will Fit a 2011 BMW X5 35d Diesel
  • According to our fit guide there are 3 possible tire sizes that can be on a 2011 BMW X5. I have included a link to the 3 sizes. You will just need to select the one that you have to see the available chains. For a 255/50R19, the most economical chains are # TH01571255. For a 255/55R18, the most economical chain (for occasional use) is # PW1046, and I would recommend tensioner # PW99. For a 275/40R20, the most economical chains are # TH01571255. Make sure to check your vehicle owners
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  • Will Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains # PW1046 Fit on 2006 Volvo XC90 AWD
  • You will want to check your owners manual or with the Volvo dealer to determine if you can use snow tire chains on your 2006 Volvo XC90 AWD, or if there are any limitations. Some Volvo all-wheel drive cars may limit snow chains to the front wheels only. The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW1046, that you have referenced, will fit the 235/65-17 tire size. This is the tire size we show as factory on your 2006 Volvo XC90 AWD. If you can use these snow chains on your vehicle, I would a
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  • Are Snow Chains Required for Both Wheels On a Dual Rear Wheel Moving Van
  • You can use one tire chain on each side of your dual rear wheel van, however, I would recommend using chains on all 4 rear wheels, especially if you will be driving in areas with extreme weather. Using chains on all 4 wheels will provide more traction on snow and ice over using chains on 2 wheels, but using chains on only 2 wheels is acceptable. The Glacier Chains Cable Chains, # PW1046, that you referenced are designed to fit the 225/75 R16 tire, however, these chains were designed for cars
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  • Where to Place Snow Tire Chains on a 2003 Ford Ranger with 4 Wheel Drive
  • On 4 wheel drive vehicles, you can either use 2 sets of chains (for all 4 wheels) or if using one set of chains, typically they are placed on the rear wheels but chains can be used on the front for added steering and braking benefits. Be sure to consult your truck owners manual for any additional information on the use of tire chains. I have included some links on tire chains that should also be helpful. It looks like there are several possible tire sizes for the 2003 Ford Ranger. I have incl
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation for a 2013 Lexus RX 450h With Tire Size P235/55R19
  • Yes, the Glacier Chains Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW1046, will fit the P235/55R19 tires on your 2013 Lexus RX 450h. I have attached a link to all of the tire chains that we carry that will fit your tire size. It is important that you check your owners manual on the use of tire chains. Some manufacturers place restrictions on the use of tire chains. If you would like a tire chain with better performance at an economical price, I would recommend looking at the Glacier Square-Link Tire Chain
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  • Snow Tire Chain Recommendation for 2012 Toyota Sienna SE with 235/50-19 Tires
  • We do have several chains options for the 235/50-19 tire size but the Glacier 1046 chains will not fit. Instead you would need PW2016C. However, you will want to consult the vehicle owners manual and/or a local dealership about the use of chains. There can be restrictions on the use of chains on some vehicles, depending on tire size, so consulting the owners manual is a must. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If you determine that you can use these chains
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  • Cable Style Snow Tire Chains for P225/75-16 Tires
  • A tire size of 225/27-16 like you indicated in your question then that would mean it has an overall diameter of 20.78 inches compared to the 29.29 diameter of a 225/75-16. If you meant LT225 vs P225 (/75-16 for both) then you can use use the appropriate size chains for both types of tire but some are better suited for one style or the other. For a P225 you would want to go with chains # PW1042 because they are better suited for passenger vehicle tires as opposed to light truck (LT) tires. I a
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation for a 2004 RX 330 AWD and a 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD
  • Snow tire chains are designed to give you additional traction in heavy snow and ice conditions, even vehicles that have AWD and 4WD. If you plan on taking a trip to an area with heavy snow or ice, it would be a good idea to bring a set of tire chains along for emergency situations. Using tire chains is not necessarily required, but they will help in hazardous conditions and there are even some areas that require the use of snow chains during certain times of the year. I recommend checking th
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  • Will Tire Chains or Cables for Light Truck Tires Fit the Same Size Passenger Car Tires
  • Yes, there is a slight difference between passenger car tires and light truck tires when it comes to using tire chains. Tire chain manufacturers will usually list chains/cables for regular tires and different chains/tires for light truck tires so even tires the same size may not be able to fit each others chains/cables. For LT tires, be sure to use chains or cables for light truck tires in size 245/75-16 to ensure compatibility. Cables # PW1046 are for passenger cars, not for light truck tir
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  • Which Rubber Adjusters to Use with Cable Tire Chains on a 2011 Honda Odyssey with 235/65-17 Tires
  • For a 17 inch wheel you would need adjusters # PW99. They will install the same way as the PW100. Also be sure to check your Odyssey owners manual for specific information on the use of chains. I have also included a link to our FAQ article on tire chains for you to view.
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  • Will One Set of Tire Chains Fit Both LT225/75R16 And LT265/70R17 Tires
  • I compared all of the chains for tire sizes 225/75-16 and 265/70-17. There are no chains that fit both sizes so you would need to get separate chains, such as cable style chains, like you want for both vehicles. For the 225/75-16 tires you can use # TC1042 with rubber adjusters # TCOA1. And for the 265/70-17 tires use # TC2028 with rubber adjusters # TCMA2. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manuals for specific information on the use of tire chains. I have also included a link to our h
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