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Why Would Snow Cables Cause Inner Tire Clearance Issues on a 2008 Scion tC


Ive purchased the PW1038 for my 2008 Scion tC but upon use in the snow this past weekend, I found that the excess cable keeps coming out of the tabs, or the tabs just dont get it close enough to the tire to be out of the way of things inside my wheel well, which caused damage to my braking system. Do you have any detailed instructions on how to properly use the tabs on the chance that I wasnt using them correctly or any tips on getting the excess cable more secure? Ive seen the S-clips on some other models and was wondering if you sell those separately.


Expert Reply:

First thing you need to do is check the owners manual for your 2008 Scion tC to determine if cables/chains are okay to use on your vehicle. For some vehicles there just isn't enough inner tire clearance to use cables/chains.

For your vehicle the only tire size info we have is 215/45-17 which calls for the # PW1034 Glacier cables. You may be trying to use a set of cables that are just too big and that is why there is the fit issue.

For an option that does not put any portion of the chain on the inside of the tire you would want the K-Summit Chains part # TH02230K22 which have been confirmed as a fit for your tire size. These chains do cost a considerable amount more. But they will be your best solution.

We do not carry the S-clips separately.

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