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Thule Tire Chains for the Toyota Prius, 2011

Thule Tire Chains

Code:   TH02230K23



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Thule Tire Chains - TH02230K23

Because they are designed to ride solely on your vehicle's tire tread, these chains are the perfect solution for cars with limited wheel-well clearance. Chains automatically tighten and align as you drive for the simplest installation possible.


  • Patented self-centering, self-tensioning system
    • Fastest, easiest installation of any Thule chains
      • Place chain on top of tire, attach to wheel nut or bolt and drive off - chains tighten and center on the tire as the wheels spin
  • Exclusive steel tensioning springs create a perfect fit, even on worn tires
  • External quick-release system for fast removal
  • Exceptional grip on snow and ice
    • Dual-sided, D-shape links for increased traction
    • Icebreaker reinforcements help bust apart ice beneath the tires
  • High-quality manganese nickel alloy steel construction is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Plastic traction plates are durable and flexible to accommodate different temperatures
    • Rivets help to protect plates from wear and allow for increased traction
    • Sturdy arms can be folded for compact storage
    • Strong materials and special geometric design ensure that no slipping occurs
  • Chains sit on tire treads only, leaving alloy wheels untouched
  • Painted, non-tread sections won't freeze your fingers like standard, unfinished metal chains
  • Compatible with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESP or ESC) systems
  • Mounting instructions, nylon storage bag and lug nut adapters (17 mm and 19 mm) included
    • 21-mm Lug nut adapters (TH0223021MM - sold separately) and 22-mm lug nut adapters (TH0223022MM - sold separately) available
  • Made in Italy


  • Application: 14" - 18" tires (for exact sizes, see below)
  • Attaches to 17 mm and 19 mm sized lug nuts/bolts
    • 21 mm attachment adapter is available
  • Quantity: 2 tire chains
  • Internal clearance required: 0 mm
  • 5-Year warranty

Form meets function in Thule's K-Summit tire chains. Unlike typical snow chains, the K-Summit chains require no attachments behind the wheel. Simply place two of the traction plates on top of the tire and fasten the K-Summit to the wheel's lug nut or bolt with the easy-to-use fixing key. Activate the chain's ratcheting mechanism and you'll be ready to roll. As you drive away, the traction plates clamp onto the tire surface, and the chain adjusts to conform to the tire perfectly, providing a precise fit even on worn tires. After use, fold up the tire chains and store them in the compact, reusable carrying case.

The K-Summit delivers an extremely user-friendly design. Each chain sits on top of your tire's treads instead of wrapping around the entire wheel. This design not only eliminates the threat of scratches to your wheels, but it also ensures that there is no interference with any suspension or braking components on the inside of the wheel well.

Thule snow chains are handmade in Italy of hardened manganese-nickel alloy steel for durability. The reduced-clearance, D-shape links provide superior traction for excellent grip on snow and ice. The durable plastic traction plates have metal studs to give you superior grip while also providing a high level of driving comfort.

K-Summit Installation

How to Install the K-Summit Snow Chain:

  1. Lay 2 of the chains traction plates on top of the tire.
  2. Attach chain to 1 wheel nut.
  3. Activate the ratchet, which tightens as you drive away.

K-Summit Lug Nut Adapter

Lug Nut Adapter

Attach the lug nut adapter that matches your wheel bolt size to the fixing key. The most commonly used adapters are included with your K-Summit snow chains. ('s custom fitguide will indicate whether your vehicle requires an adapter that is sold separately.) The fixing key then mounts to the wheel bolt on the end where the adapter has been affixed. The other end attaches to the K-Summit base, which includes the ratcheting mechanism that tensions the chains as you drive.

How to Choose Snow Chains for Your Vehicle

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

Tire size on sidewall


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

02230K23 Thule K-Summit Snow Chains - Size K23

These chains fit the following tire sizes:

  • 175/75-15
  • 175/80-14
  • 185/70-15
  • 185/75-14
  • 195/60-16
  • 195/65-15
  • 195/80-13
  • 205/45-18
  • 205/50-17
  • 205/50-17K
  • 205/55-16
  • 205/55-16K
  • 205/70-14
  • 205/75-13
  • 215/35-19
  • 215/40-18
  • 215/55-16
  • 215/60-15
  • 215/65-14
  • 225/30-20
  • 225/35-19
  • 225/40-18
  • 225/40-18K
  • 225/45-17
  • 225/50-16
  • 235/45-17
  • 235/50-16
  • 235/55-15
  • 235/60-14
  • 245/30-19
  • 255/30-19
  • 255/35-18
  • 255/40-17
  • 265/30-19
  • 265/35-18
  • 265/40-17
  • 295/30-18

Video of Thule Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains - Diamond Pattern - D Link - K-Summit - Size K23

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

Video review thule K summit tire chains TH02230K34
Thule K-Summit Tire Chains Review

Video Transcript for Thule K-Summit Tire Chains Review

Today we are going to show you the Thule K-Summit self-adjusting snow tire chains, part number TH02230K34. Included with the case of the chains is a durable, attractive storage bag so that you can keep your chains in your vehicle. Also included are a few set of instructions and a tool kit that provides all of the parts and tools needed to attach the K-Summit chains on a variety of lug sizes. There is also a package of repair links if you need to make a road side repair on your chains, as well as a pair of plastic gloves to help keep your hands clean when installing your chains. The Thule K-Summit chains are designed for use on vehicles with large diameter rims and narrow profile tires. The K-Summits attach to the face of the wheel, eliminating any need to run any cables or chains behind the tire. They also feature minimal contact with the rim to prevent damaging expensive finishes. They also attach to one of the lug nuts on the wheels and automatically adjust and tension as you drive. The chains feature dual-sided, D-shaped links made out of alloy steel to provide solid traction. 1:02

This particular model, the K34 is designed to fit a variety of 15 to 22 inch size wheels. For a specific fit list, see the product page. The Thule K-Summit chains are covered by a one year warranty. Depending on your tire size, you may need to adjust the chains before you install them. Since we are going to be installing these chains on a 215/60R16 tire, we need to remove one of our yellow expanders. We are going to use the included Allan key and open-end closed-end wrench to remove the part. Removing this will allow the chain to straighten out and expand just enough to accommodate our particular tire size. Remember to check the instructions to find your tire size to see how many you need to remove. Before we install the chains, we also need to make sure that our lug caps and our spacers will fit our wheel properly. With this set up, our cap will not fit over our lug nuts all of the way and the spacer would have us protruding too far from the wheel well. So, we need a shorter spacer and a larger lug cap to fit our particular wheel and lug. We have a larger lug cap that fits over the wheel properly. We have the sleeve for that particular cap. And we are going with the shorter spacer. In addition to the shorter spacer, we will also need to swap out for a shorter bolt. 2:19

We will our bolt in, flip our spacer over and give it a quick test fit. We are seated on our lug properly and we are at a good height for our wheel. So we are going to swap the other chain out with the right spacer and a larger cap. Then we will be ready to install our chains. To install the chains, first we are going to fit as much of them over the tire as possible. Once we have the chains stretched over the tire, we can go ahead and attach our lug anchor point. Make sure your red triangle is pointing towards the center of the wheel and use the included wrench to tighten it down. Once our lug anchor is attached, we can go ahead and ratchet down the chains. It does not matter that we do not have the chains all of the way around the tire. They will pull on as we start to drive. And there you have it for the Thule K-Summit size K34 snow tire chains, part number TH02230K34.

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  • Is The Thule K-Summit Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23, A Set Of 2 Chains Or 4 Chains
  • The Thule K-Summit - Size K23 Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23, is two tire chains. When using tire chains you will want to use on all four tires to get the maximum traction with your vehicle. If you only use two chains you will want to install them on the drive wheels of your vehicle. On a 4-wheel drive vehicle they would go on the back and for vehicles with all wheel drive (AWD) they normally would go on the front. I am sending a link to the FAQ page on Thule Tire Chains wh
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  • Tire Chains with Minimal Clearance for 2004 Volve S60 AWD
  • For your Volvo, the Thule K Summit Premium Self-Adjusting Tire Chains part # TH02230K23 require no clearance behind the wheel. The Self-Adjusting Low Profile Tire Chains, part # TH00023100 require only 9 mm of clearance. The Thule Self-Tensioning Chains, part # TH00204100 require 10 mm of internal clearance.
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  • Recommend Snow Tire Chains for 2008 Acura TL Facotry Wheel and Tire Size P235/45R17
  • I would recommend the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW1038, which are SAE Class S tire chains. You will also want to use Glacier Rubber Adjusters for Class S Snow Chains, part # PW100 as tensioners for part # PW1038. You will want to mount the snow chains on the powered drive wheels of your vehicle, on your TL you will mount the snow chains on the 2 front wheels. I have linked 2 FAQ Articles on snow chains, one of which outlines the snow chain laws for each state. I have also link
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  • How Does the Thule K-Summit Tire Chain # TH02230K23 Attach to Lug Nuts of my 2009 BMW 2 Series
  • These Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains by Thule - K-Summit - Size K23, part # TH02230K23, attach to lug nuts by first placing them onto your lug nut and then using the supplied wrench you will tighten the bolt on the back of the fitting until tight. As the bolt tightens, the fitting tightens onto your lug nut securing its attachment. You will not need to remove your lug nuts for installation. From the research I conducted it looks like you have 17 mm lug nuts and you should be able to
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  • Installing Thule K-Summit Snow Chains on a Toyota Prius
  • Installing the Thule K-Summit snow chains could not be easier. The vehicle does not need to be jacked or lifted in any way, and no lug nuts need to be removed. Installation involves simply draping the chains around the tire, attaching the sleeve and bolt over one of the lug nuts and ratcheting the chains into place. The chains will center themselves as you drive. We have an excellent video that outlines all of these steps, you can view it by clicking the link I have provided.
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  • Adjusting Thule Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23 For Proper Tire Fit
  • You are correct. On the Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, # TH02230K23, there are several adjustment screws with a yellow ring on them. If the supplemental instructions indicated a -2 for your tire size that means that 2 of those adjustment screws will need to be removed in order for the chains to fit properly. I have included a link to a video review of these chains, a link to our Thule tire chain FAQ article, and a link to our general tire chain FAQ article for reference.
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  • Thule K-Summit Snow Chains # TH02230K23 Recommendation for 265/35R18 Size Wheels
  • If the owners manual of your Mercedes E350 says you cannot use snow chains than I cannot safely recommend you use them on your vehicle. If it is an issue with just the rim then these Premium Self-adjusting Snow Tire Chains, part # TH02230K23, would work well for you since they sit on the tire treads and leave the rims untouched. I attached a review video of the K-Summit chains for you to check out also. I checked with Thule and these # TH02230K23 are the correct size for the 265/35R18 size
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  • Tire Chains for a 2007 Infiniti M45 Rear Wheel Drive with 245/45R18 Tires
  • We do have a set of K-Summit chins listed as a fit for your 2007 Infiniti M45. They are part # TH02230K44. In order to install them, you will have to remove the cover over the lug nuts. These chains require 0mm of clearance around the tire. However, you will need to consult your vehicle owners manual to determine if chains can be used and if there are any restrictions or recommendations. The maximum speed with chains on in snow and ice conditions is 30 to 40 miles per hour maximum. Once you m
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  • Will the Thule K-Summit K23 Tire Chains Fit a 2007 Toyota Corolla S with 196/65R15 Tires
  • If you are trying to look through the Thule fit guide, U.S. version, it pulls from the European version for the tire chain fit guide which does not apply in a lot of cases to vehicles in the U.S. However, when I go through the Thule site U.S. version and try to add chains via fit guide from the K-Summit main page, it does come up. Also, if I go by the print catalog it does list the 195/65R15 tire size as a fit for the K23 size Thule K-Summit tire chains, # TH02230K23. And just to be absolute
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  • Thule K Summit Tire Chains Compatibility with a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport
  • Unfortunately we have not had the chance to test the Thule K Summit Tire Chains, TH02230K23, on a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport. I spoke with my contact at Thule and the K Summit tire chains require a 0 millimeter clearance. As long as the chains are installed properly they should work. I went out to the warehouse and measured the thickness of the plastic traction plate which is 9.9 millimeters. I have attached a photo showing the measurement and that should give you some idea of how far the tractio
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  • Is there a Lock for K-Summit Tire Chains for a 2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • A lock for the Thule K-Summit chains like # TH02230K23 is not available. The thinking is that the weight of the car is a deterrent (for any chains) and some one would not only have to have the proper tools but also a jack to jack up the car to get the weight off the chains to even begin thinking about taking them off. Of course since these chains are relatively easy to put on/take off, the best solution is to remove them if you will be away from the vehicle for extended periods of time. Make
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  • Will the Thule K-Summit Tire Chains Fit a 2006 Volvo S60 R with 18 Inch Wheels
  • First, you will want to consult the vehicle owners manual for your 2006 Volvo S60R to determine if chains can be used and if so if there are any restrictions or recommendations. The Thule K-Summit chains, # TH02230K23, require zero millimeters of clearance around the back of the tire. These are Class S designated chains which means on top of the tire (the tread portion) there just needs to be at least 0.59 inches (15mm) of clearance for the chains to fit. I have included some tire chain li
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  • Snow Tire Chains and Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2011 Toyota Prius
  • First, you always need to go with the owners manual recommendation which seems to be to use Class S chains provided they are not cables or v-bar links. I am not sure why using chains would interfere with the electric/gas hybrid system unless during a braking event the chains cause some tire slippage thus not allowing the battery to charge. For Class S chains that are not cables or v-bars you can use some basic square link chains like # PWPLC1130 with tensioner # PW99. This is a no-frills set
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  • Will Thule K-Summit Self-Tensioning Tire Chains # TH02230K23 Fit 235/45/R17 Tires on 2000 BMW 540i
  • The Thule K-Summit Self-Tensioning Tire Chains, part # TH02230K23, will fit tires from 14- to 18-inches so your 235/45/R17 tires are compatible. It is a good idea to check your 540i owners manual to see if the manufacturer indicates any restrictions or specific recommendations regarding use of tire chains on the rear drive wheels. These premium-grade Thule snow chains use a manganese-nickel alloy steel for superior performance and durability on ice and snow. Since they sit only on the tire tr
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