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Titan Cable Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

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How to Install the Titan Cable Snow Tire Chains on a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta


Hey everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer and today we're taking a look at our Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chains here on our 2021 Volkswagen Jetta. So, if you're expecting a good amount of extreme weather, maybe there's a lot of snow and a lot of ice on the road and you want a little bit of extra traction to feel safe, that's where traction devices like these can come in handy. So, these are cable snow tire chains. I personally prefer just the small link chain style. We have some really good diagonal chain options. But a lot of dealers prefer the cable style just because they are very low profile.

So, these are ladder style chains which are your traditional style of a tire chain. The downside to this is that you're going to have to reach behind your tire to make some connections and that's really tricky with how close the Jetta is to the ground. Now, this is going to be a low profile style chain. You've got your cable rollers there and those are going to be what just rolls on the ground. So, most of the time ladder style chains are bu-bump bu-bump on the road.

This won't have as much of that jarring feeling though. The cable rollers are made of a low-carbon steel. There's different types of materials that usually go into tire chains. Low-carbon steel is more focused on durability and for cable style, you need all the durability you can get because you are going to hit rocks, you are going to hit ice and those will start chipping away at them. That's why I highly recommend just double checking your chains.

If you're going to plan on using this for multiple seasons, just double check if they're still good before you drive away. Now Volkswagen actually recommends that you take out, or remove, the hubcap if you are using tire chains because there will be contact with the chain. Now, on another note, I also am using these separate rubber tensioners. These are not included with your tire chain. You may want this slightly more low profile style if that is a concern for you.

I highly recommend getting some kind of tensioner though just because as you drive around, things will move around too and something rubber-tensioning like this will move with your tire chain. These are Class S compatible so they're super low clearance, or low profile. Also on these is that they are good in light snow but if you're expecting deep snow or even a lot of ice, since they are rollers, maybe not as ideal. When your chains arrive, they're going to arrive in this bag. And this is helpful for when you are required to keep chains inside of your vehicle at all times. I know some places require that. The downside to this bag though is if you are going to put the chains back in, you're going to roll them up and that's always a hassle compared to some other styles. Your Volkswagen also has different tire size options. So, the version we have here is size 225/45R18. You're not sure what your tire size is It's printed on the sidewall of your tire. And this number's important because it can help you use our etrailer.com Fit Guide to find the right fit for you. So, I'll show you how I got these installed in a second. But there are multiple ways to installing a tire chain. The way I do it is easy in a garage. You also have the option of driving onto your chains. You're still going to have to reach around your tire though so it's going to be a hassle either way. But definitely doable. On another note, too, is my thoughts about these chains is that they're really good if you're concerned about the clearance and you want to be super low profile. But if you have deeper snow or even some ice, you might wanna check out some other options. The Titan Chain Diamond Alloy Snow Tire Chain might be a good fit for you. I did a video with this car if you wanna check it out. Now, let's take a look at the install process. Once you get your tire chains, I highly recommend just laying them out in your garage and double-checking that everything looks good, especially for cable chains like these. And if you're going to be using them for more than one season. Also, this is a good time to practice getting them on your car and then you know what to do before you're stranded by the side of the road. Now on your chains you're going to see a part where it says "tire side" and it's also going to be flat. And then when you flip it over, it's not as flat and there's a little hook there. So, you wanna make sure that the hook is facing away from your tire and the flat side is on your tire. Then you get your chains and you just gently drape them over your tire. Now this is easy to do in terms of getting it evenly distributed. What is hard is getting it connected. So, you're going to feed these chains through, into the hook. So, this is going to be really tricky. You are going to have to get on the ground, if you're going to do it this way, and reach around the tire. So, just try to get it through as much as you can. The third or the fourth notch would be ideal. You can see it clear up front how the notch chain fits through that hook. Get that as deep and then you can see how it secures at the end. Finally, I like to use the rubber tensioners. So, these are not included with your tire chains but I highly recommend them because they'll just pull those tension, or that tension in, a little bit further. So, just go side to side. So, everything's now in place. We have a nice and secure fit. That's going to be pretty much it for the install. Do the exact same thing over on the driver's side. Afterwards, I recommend rolling forward or backward a couple feet just to make sure everything looks good and you still got a good enough tension. And that's it for the install. You're ready to hit the road. And that was a look at the Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chains on the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta..


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