How to Install Tire Chains : Installing Tire Chains

How to Install Tire Chains : Installing Tire Chains


Okay, prior to doing the actual chains, I
just want to point out one more time. I hope I put the information out a little bit earlier.
Make sure you always check your owner?s manual and get what the vehicle manufacturer requires
for chains. There are some vehicles where they’re not recommended use on, other applications,
four wheel drives, where they recommend you have them on all four wheels or not at all.
It is a good idea, if you can have chains on your rear, that just gives you that much
more breaking and cornering stability. It won’t help you on acceleration too much on
front wheel drive cars but the breaking is dramatically increased. So, that being said,
this is standard Type S chain and that’s a rating used for automobiles. That basically
means it’s requirements, it needs about an inch and a half of over tread clearance and
somewhere in the neighborhood of between a half and three quarters of an inch on sidewall
clearance. What that means is how much extra space you have to have around the tire to
give the chains adequate clearance so they won’t damage the vehicle. We’re well within
our parameters here. Now we just want to drape that over the tire and get it centered real
good. Go kind of front to back and all the way around. We’re going to want to make that
rear connection first. That’s down around the back side of the tire. To give you a little better idea, we’re going
to give you a little different shot of that so we can give you a good view and I can show
you how you can do that with a feel of your hands instead of having to get down there
and try to see what you’re doing. If you remember the connection on the inside of this tire
chain is just one notch. We don’t have multiple notches to choose from. So I don’t have any
tape or any indicator on there, I only have one option. It’s going to have to be able
to be notched. We know it fits correctly, when it’s off the car. So it should fit on
there when the vehicle, when the tires mounted back on. So if it’s not going to pull together
for you and make a connection. You need to move the snow out of the way or what’s ever
impeding the chains ability to come all the way down here to the bottom of the tire. Once
the rears connected, we just simply make that front connection all the way down to the last
notch. Then the next step is to put the tensioners on. Please watch our next segment; we’ll cover
installing the tensioners.

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  1. Awesome!! Great series of videos. Very helpful instead of the complainers on this blog who love to bitch but offer nothing in the way of help themselves.
    Ive recently moved from a good weather city to a city where it snows every year so for me this was really helpful.

  2. i understood the majority of the braking power is in the front, it makes no sense to put the chains on the back tires.

    not really allowed to use them here…like if you're stuck or you feel you might get stuck…you are, but you cant just drive around with them on just because theres snow on the ground

    but then again, a tow strap is also something you should have….because lots of people would be willing to pull you out, but they may not have a tow strap.

  3. @Anon514 actually in many states that do not allow "chains" they do allow "snow traction cables" which are a very light weight set of steel cables with small metal roller cleats on them…..and they work quite well. I have never gotten stuck in deep snow here in massachusetts. Also, they are a heck of alot easier to put on than chains. Cost about 50 bucks

  4. This is the incorrect way to install this type of cable chain. The chain should be installed so the rear connection is made on the top of the tire NOT the bottom as shown in this video. See our YouTube channel for the correct way to install this chain. Look for our SCC super Z-6 video.

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