How do I find my tire size?
Each tire is labeled with the size on the outside sidewall of the tire. On the average passenger vehicle, you’ll be looking for three numbers such as 265/70 R17. The first is the width of the tire in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall; the second is the aspect ratio (the height of the tire’s cross-section to its width); and the third number is the wheel diameter.
We are frequently asked how someone can find a tire size without looking at the tire (either using the make and model of the vehicle or using the owner’s manual). The only way to find your tire size is to look at the tire.
My tire size isn’t listed on the chain box. Will these still fit my tires?
Only a few of the most common tire sizes are listed on each box. Just because your size isn’t listed doesn’t mean these aren’t the correct size. As always, try them on to be sure.
If I know my tire size, why do I have to try on my chains or cables?
We find that, despite labeled tire sizes, there is quite a bit of variability from tire to tire caused by such things as wear, pressure, manufacturer, and tire type (ie mud tires). In our experience a recommended chain size will only fit 80% of the tires it should. You do NOT want to be part of that 20% on the side of a snowy road. Fit your chains before you go. The extra practice putting them on won’t hurt.
I got new tires for my vehicle. Do I need to get new chains?
The answer to this is frequently “yes!” However, you should try on the chains you own to be sure.
On which tires should I install my snow chains?
Snow chains or cables go on the drive tires of your vehicle. If you have a rear drive pickup, we also recommend that you put some weight in the bed to aid with traction. In a pinch, a few hundred pounds of sandbags will do the trick.
I have a four wheel drive vehicle. Which tires should i chain?
In this case we recommend you chain the rear tires.
I have a heavy duty pickup truck, so why are my chains labeled light truck?
For chain, heavy duty refers to semitruck, loaders, graders, tractors, etc. While your personal vehicle may label itself a heavy duty truck, we still consider it light in comparison to other heavy machinery.
How many tires should I chain?
Unless you’re going off-roading or are hauling, you should only need to chain the two drive tires of your passenger vehicle. If you are unsure, give us a call.
What are the easiest chains or cables to install?
Many people find that the Arctic Track style (Hoop Chain) are the easiest to install since they don’t require that the vehicle be moved. The color coding on these also helps. If you’re set on using cables rather than chain, the Z cables have a split that also allows for installation without moving the vehicle.
Do you rent snow chain?
We no longer rent snow chains or cables.
What do I do with my old chains that no longer fit my vehicle’s tires?
We accept old chains and cables as trade-ins towards your purchase. Bring them to us and we’ll see what we can do.