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Konig Standard Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2020 Ford Escape

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How to Install the Konig Standard Snow Tire Chains on a 2020 Ford Escape


Welcome to etrailer.com. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Konig XB-16 Snow Tire Chain here on a 2020 Ford Escape. These snow tire chains are gonna be an excellent fit for the Ford Escape, they're gonna get you, in my opinion, the best of both worlds between the diamond pattern and the square link, you're gonna get enough traction without losing too much of your turning and without sacrificing your start and stop by getting away from the ladder pattern tire chains. They're gonna come in a pair of two with a plastic hard case, which is really nice. A lot of snow tire chains come with like a real chintzy bag, it tends to rip and tear through the off season when you're just keeping it in storage, so I like that it comes with this, that way, when it's time to put the tire chains back for the year, you can put them in this, set them underneath the backseat or in the garage somewhere, and not have to worry about them tearing through. The chains themselves are gonna be made up of manganese nickel alloy, so they will stand up to rust and corrosion.

Now, keep in mind, a tire chain is kind of a wear item, it's something that you're intentionally putting on the tires and chewing through as you drive and it's something that's not necessarily gonna last many seasons, but that manganese nickel alloy construction is gonna help it in the off season when you do have it just set aside as long as you oil it, grease it, dry it, so that it's not sitting wet, it will last much longer than say a high carbon steel. The assistive tensioning system on these tire chains is an excellent feature to have, especially since as your tires wear down, the fit might change over time, and this gives you plenty of wiggle room to make sure that as long as these tire chains are holding up, it'll fit in your vehicle. The installation for these tire chains is pretty simple, it's something that I highly recommend you practice in your garage, so that way, it's not your first time putting them on somewhere out in the snow. Your ladder pattern tire chains you might compare this to are ones that you might have to lay out, drive on, crawl underneath, make a bunch of connections, this is nice and easy, because it has a split in the center, all you gotta do is pass it around, and as long as you have enough room to get it behind the tire, you can start making connections, you can get back out on the road. The first step of the installation or testing them out in your driveway or garage is gonna be to lay out your tire chain next to your tire.

We're up here on the front tire of the Ford Escape, because they tend to be front-wheel drive vehicles, but you wanna check your owner's manual and make sure that you're adding your additional traction to wherever the vehicle's drivetrain is sending the power. When you lay out your chain, you wanna make sure that the yellow end of the cable is facing the back of the vehicle, this ensures that these smooth sides of these hooks that are wrapped around the cable are facing up. That way, when you do drape this over the tire, you're not having those little tough contact points right there scraping the side wall, making any unnecessary punctures or scratches. Keeping in mind the gap in the center, you're gonna bunch up the chain and swing it around the backside of the tire to start making connections. The first connection is gonna be around the backside of the tire, it's gonna be a little tough to see through a tight spot like that, but we're gonna be connecting them like this.

Making sure that we're not bumping into any of the moving components back behind the tire. Now, we're just gonna drape the chain up over the top and make our connection in the front. All the touch points and connections on these tire chains are gonna be color coded, so we're gonna take this red link and connect it to this red hook. For our last connection, it's gonna be the assisted tensioning system, so using my thumb, I'm gonna open this latch, drape the chain through, pull it up. Now, we can get cranking on it and get a nice tight fit.

Just use these red plastic hooks on the side to secure the chain up out of the way, then, using this rubber portion right here, again, keeping in mind to keep the hook away from the side of the tire, pull it across, connect it to that link, and we're good to go. And that was a look at the Konig XB-16 Snow Tire Chains here on the 2020 Ford Escape..


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