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Recommended Tire Chains for 215/55R17 Tires on 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Need snow chains for 2016 hyundai sonata hybrid. Tire size 215/55R17

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We can help you select tire chains for your 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid fitted with 215/55-17 size tires.

I was unable to access an online edition of the owner's manual for your 2016 Hyundai Sonata hybrid for any guidance related to tire chain use so you'll want to check yours. Some cars can use chains only on front or rear tires, and some can use them only on specific tire sizes. Many passenger cars need to use special low-profile Class S type chains, like the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains # PW1038 that you referenced. Its a good idea to check your printed manual since this will refer to your particular car.

As long as Hyundai says you're clear to use chains on your 215/55R17 tires you can click on the link provided to see all chains that fit your tire size.

I can tell you from experience here at etrailer working with many different types and brands of tire chains that they differ a lot in their features, pricing, and in how easily they can be installed. Many folks like to keep a set of inexpensive chains in the trunk just because they are a legal requirement in their state. If that is your situation then the cable chains # PW1038 are certainly a very cost-effective way to meet that requirement.

However, if on the other hand you're an avid skier and often drive in the mountains in winter time - and you really intend to use the chains on a regular basis - then I urge you go trade up to chains that include important features like automatic alignment and automatic tensioning, and protection for the car's rims. You will spend more and you will get more. If you need motivation to spend that bit extra, picture yourself on a dark snowy road trying to get manual-type chains on your tires while kneeling on the snow.

Thule's Low-Profile Snow Tire Chains # TH00023100 are a good option.. Do please note that the Glacier cable chains carry a 90-day warranty while the Thule products are protected by a 5-Year warranty.

I have linked a few articles that will be helpful to you as you consider your best options.

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