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  • Correct Placement of Snow Tire Chains on All Wheel Drive 2012 Ford Escape
  • In general, snow tire chains are generally placed on drive wheels, but they can sometimes also be used on non-powered wheels. If a vehicle is front-wheel-drive only, then generally the front tires are the priority but it is permissible to place them on the rear tires as well unless the manufacturer states otherwise. Likewise, if a vehicle is rear-wheel-drive only, then the rear wheels are the priority but you are free to put chains on the front also unless prohibited by the manufacturer. For...
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  • What Does Class S Mean For Snow Tire Chains
  • Some newer cars, vans and small trucks, especially those with large, aftermarket tires, may require the use of Class S chains. Class S tire chains are designed for use on vehicles with restricted wheel well clearance. I have attached a photo that shows the areas where clearance for Class S tire chains is needed. For the A dimension a minimum of 1.46inches (37 mm) between the top of the tire tread and the wheel well is needed. For the B dimension, at least 0.59 inches (15 mm) between the...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Outback
  • In the owner's manual for your 2015 Subaru Outback, it should state whether the acceptable tire chains are limited to Class S Compatible. If you are unable to find that information in the manual, the dealership should be able to answer that question for you. The concern when considering tire chains is due to the clearance needed. Traditional chains might not be recommended for your vehicle. Minimum clearances must be maintained around spring clips, fenders, braces, splash pans, fuel...
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  • How to Put Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Back in the Storage Bag
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains # PW2028C to figure out the best way to put them back in the bag after use. First, make sure that you lie one chain on top of the other. Then, at the end that has the large cam attachment pieces, fold those in towards the center of the chains. Then start rolling them up. Going slowly will help to maintain a tight roll. Once you have rolled them up you will have some straight pieces at the ends sticking out that you...
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  • Recommended Snow Tire Chains for 35x12.50-15 Tires
  • For on-road use, I would recommend the Glacier cable snow chains # PW2037C, which have a nice low profile. Rubber adjusters, part # PW100, will ensure the best fit. If you are interested in chains for off-road as well as on-road use, you could use the Glacier Mud Service snow tire chains # PWH2441S. These chains feature twist-link cross chains for better traction. I am including a link with some helpful information on choosing a set of tire chains, for reference.
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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...
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  • How Fast Can I go with Snow Chains on my Vehicle, Should the Chains be Removed for Dry Pavement
  • You will want to stay within the speed range the manufacturer of your chains recommends, typically 25-30 miles per hour is the limit. To prevent damage to the chains and your tires you should remove the chains once you get on dry pavement. I attached an FAQ article below on snow chains that you might find informative.
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation for 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • We can help you with tire chains! There are two stock tire sizes for your 2015 Toyota Highlander: 245/55-19 and 245/60-18. The Glacier chains # PW2029C that you referenced will fit both of these tire sizes. Your first step when considering tire chains on any vehicle is a check of the owner's manual for any guidance or restrictions regarding their use. Many passenger cars are limited to using special low-profile S-Class chains that do not require too much wheel well clearance. Before...
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  • Can OEM Size 225/65R17 Tires on 2008 Honda CR-V Be Replaced by 235/65R16
  • I reviewed an online manual for the 2008 Honda CR-V and on page 340 it indicates that replacement tires should be the same 225/65R17 size as supplied as OEM equipment. You may want to review your owners manual for any restrictions related to tire size. The manual I found does not indicate that the alternate 235/65R16 tire size is compatible with this vehicle. If you manual does not indicate anything you can speak to your local dealership for guidance. The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains...
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  • Recommended Tire Chains on Ford F150 with 275-/55-20 Tires
  • Snow chains are typically installed on the drive wheels, which in the case of your F-150 would be the rear wheels. On a four wheel drive vehicle, they can be installed on all four wheels if desired. Since it sounds as if you are wanting the chains specifically for this trip, and since they might not see frequent use any time soon thereafter, I would suggest a basic set of chains like the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW2028C. I would recommend a set of adjusters, part # PW99...
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  • Do Tire Chains or Cables Offer Better Traction and Which is Better
  • Actual tire chains are better than cables. Chains offer better traction and longer life. They also seem to be more corrosion resistant. Some chains are easier to put on that others. The same goes with cables but the cables are lighter. Cables are good for occasional use but if you need chains frequently then going with actual chains is preferred. Some vehicles require chains or cables that do not stick out from the tire very far because of limited clearance between the tire and vehicle....
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  • Recommended Tire Chains for 2012 Ford F150 with 275/55-20 Tires
  • For the 275/55-20 tire, I would recommend the Glacier Snow Chain Cables # PW2028C which is the correct size for that tire. Keep in mind that these style of chains are designed for occasional emergency use and would be best used by somebody traveling in areas where snow might be encountered. These chains are not meant for continuous use. If you know you were going to consistently finding yourself in situations where chains will be needed, chains like part # PWE3229S would provide a...
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  • Snow Tire Chain Recommendation for 265/70R17 Tire Size on 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD
  • If your owners manual specifies tire chains only on the rear of your 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, then I would also recommend to use tire chains only in the rear. Sometimes the reason the manufacturer does not recommend tire chains on a vehicle is because of clearance, but it also could be for other reasons. Both of the snow tire chains and snow tire cables will work great in snow conditions. The difference is the snow chains will give you better grip in more ice conditions because the chain...
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  • Which Tire Chains Will Fit a Tire Size 245/75R16
  • Actually, the correct Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains with Cam Tighteners that you will need is # PWH2321SLC. These will fit a 245/75-16 tire. I have included a link to all of the chains we carry that fit your tire size. I have also included a link to our tire chain FAQ article. You will want to take a look at your vehicle owners manual for specifics on tire chain use.
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  • Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2012 Honda CR-V with 225/65R17 Tires
  • The first thing you are going to want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual to determine if chains can be used and if they can, if there are any restrictions or recommendations. On other Honda vehicles, only certain size cables can be used. So checking the owners manual will be the first step. If you can use cables then the ones that fit a 225/65-17 tire are # PW1042 that you have referenced. I also recommend the rubber adjuster # PW99 to make fitting and tensioning the chains easier. Since...
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  • Differences Between Thule CG-9 and CS-10 Tire Chains and Can Tire Chains Damage Tires
  • The Thule CS-10 tire chain has an external quick release system, they are self tensioning (just put them on and go), they have 10 millimeters clearance inside and on the tread, they feature a diamond pattern with icebreaker reinforcements for added grip, they have anti-scratch nylon bumpers to protect vehicle rims, and they have a color-coded assembly design. The CG-9 chains are also self tensioning, but do require one stop to fit the chain properly. They have 9 millimeters of clearance...
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  • Cable Tire Chain Recommendation for Tire Sizes P245/60R18 and P245/55R19 on a Toyota Highlander
  • The Glacier Cable Tire Chain, # PW3010C, is compatible with the P245/65R17 tires that are currently on your 2008 Toyota Highlander, however, they are not compatible with tire sizes P245/60R18 or P245/55R19. The Glacier Cable Tire Chain, # PW2029C, will fit both of the larger tire sizes that you mentioned. Before using tire chains, I recommend checking your owners manual for tire chain restrictions and procedures. Many vehicle manufacturers will limit the distance and speed your...
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  • Tips on Snow Tire Chain Use for a Truck with Dually Wheels
  • First, in order to determine if chains can be used and if there are any special things to consider for your truck you will need to consult the vehicle owners manual. If there are precautions that need to be considered, it should be in the manual. If you find you can use tire chains you will want to make sure that the chains you do kit are properly sized for your tires. That is the best way to ensure that the chains will fit snugly on the tires and will not damage any other components...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation for a 2012 Honda Pilot 4WD
  • You should have no problem with the performance of the Glacier Cable Snow Chains, # PW2016C, on your trip, but for superior strength and durability, I would recommend looking at the Pewag Brenta-C 4X4 Tire Chains, # PWXMR80V. The Pewag chains are made of a durable titanium alloy steel that will provide better durability and performance than the low-carbon steel and rubber of the cable style chains. A few things to keep in mind when using snow chains is not to exceed the maximum speed...
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  • Recommend Snow Tire Chains For Gravel Road on 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • We have 2 sets of snow chains available that will fit your LT275/65R20 tires on your 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty. The first set is Pewag All Square Snow Tire Chains with Cam Tighteners, part # PWE3229SC. The second set is Pewag All Square Snow Tire Chains, part # PWE3229S, which is similar to part # PWE3229SC, but do not feature cam tighteners. I would recommend Pewag All Square Snow Tire Chains with Cam Tighteners, part # PWE3229SC, for ease of adjustment with cam tighteners. You...
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  • Pewag Cable Snow Tire Chains for 275/55-20 Tires
  • According to Pewag, the # PW3027C chains you referenced would not be a fit for your 275/55-20 tires, as they would be too small to fit that diameter tire. For your 20 inch wheels, there is a similar style cable # PW3029C that is comparable with your tire size. In addition to the chains, the # PW99 rubber adjusters are recommended. I have linked you to some tire chain FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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  • Can a 235/65-17 Tire be Replaced with a 245/65-17 Tire
  • You might be able to replace a 235/65-17 with a 245/65-17 tire. The tires you have now, 235/65-17, are about 9.25 inches wide and 29 inches tall. The 245s on the other hand are 9.65 inches wide and 29-1/2 inches tall. On vehicles, especially newer vehicles, there is very little space to go to a larger tire without making other modifications. Based on the differences in the tire sizes listed above you should be able to determine if there is enough space to use the slightly larger size.
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  • Snow Chain Recommendation for a 2015 Audi Q5 with 235/55/R19 Tires
  • The first thing you need to do is consult the owners manual of your 2015 Audi Q5 to see if there are any restrictions on the use of snow chains. We do have Thule chains that would work great on your 235/55R19 size tires assuming Audi says you are okay to use chains. A great option that works great is the Thule K Summit Chains like part # TH02230K66. These also install easily and have nothing draped over the inside of the tire so tire clearance issues are virtually non-existant. I...
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  • Should Snow Chains be Removed When Driving on Dry Pavement
  • With snow chains and cables you would want to take them off whenever they aren't needed for a couple reasons. First, they would wear out very quickly this way. Especially since they would be used on dry pavement. And secondly because with snow chains you shouldn't drive faster than 30-35 miles per hour. I attached a couple snow chain FAQ articles to the right for you to check out as well.
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  • Is It Required To Use Bungee Cords, Chain Tensioners And Or Rubber Adjusters When Using Snow Chains
  • Using bungee cords, chain tensioners or rubber adjusters isn't a requirement but certainly recommended. Rubber adjusters such as # PW99, # PW100 will make it easier to fit and tighten snow chains like the Glacier snow chains # PW2028C you referenced. The reason manufacturers recommend the rubber adjuster # PW99 or # PW100 (depending on tire size) is because the Glacier tires chains # PW2028C doesn't have an automatic tensioner. Always check your vehicle owner's manual first to ensure...
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  • What is the Speed Limit for the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains # PW3010C
  • According to my contact at Glacier Chains, the maximum speed rating for the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW3010C, is 30 miles per hour unless otherwise stated in the vehicle owners manual. It is important that you check your vehicles owners manual for tire chain usage and restrictions as it may be different from the tire chain ratings. I have attached an FAQ article on tire chains for you to check out. If you are planning on doing highway driving with tire chains, it is important...
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  • Snow Chains for 305/35R24 Tire Size
  • Before buying snow tire chains you will want to check your owners manual or with the car dealer if you can install snow tire chains on your SUV, or if there are any limitations. I have two choices of snow tire chains for the 305/35R24 tire size. The Glacier Twist-Link Snow Tire Chains, part # PWH2226SC, and the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW2037C. You will need at least 20mm of internal clearance for either one of these snow chains to fit your vehicle. The internal clearance...
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  • Recommendations on SAE Class S Snow Tire Chains for 2011 Infiniti QX56 with P275/60R20 Tires
  • I would recommend the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, item # PW3027C, for the P275/60R20 tire size on your 2011 Infiniti QX56. This snow tire cable chain is a SAE Class S type chain. A SAE Class S snow tire chain means that the minimum sidewall clearance is .59 inches, which is 15 mm. So if a snow chain has an internal clearance of 15 mm or less they will be classified as a SAE Class S snow chain. The sidewall clearance is needed so that the snow chains will clear any part of the vehicle...
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  • Snow Tire Chain Recommendation For a 2011 Honda Odyssey
  • Before buying snow tire chains you will want to check your owners manual or with the Honda dealer if you can install snow tire chains on your 2011 Honda Odyssey, or if there are any limitations. The snow tire chains that are compatible with the 235/60R17 tire size (Touring) and the 235/65R16 tire size (LX and EX) is the Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains, part # PWPLC1142. These snow tire chains are what I would recommend for your 2011 Honda Odyssey for occasional use. These snow...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation and Options that Will Fit a 205/50R17 Tire Size
  • We do have numerous tire chains that will fit the 205/50-17 tire size. I have included a link to all of the available options. The PW1014 cables you referenced will not fit but the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW1038, are the ones that will. I also recommend adding rubber adjusters, # PW99 for cars or # PW100 for trucks and SUVs, to make installation easier and to keep the chains taught on the tire. I have included a link to a video showing how the rubber adjusters work. You...
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