Tire chains come handy during extreme weathers or harsh conditions. They're fitted around the drive wheels of the vehicle to provide the vehicle with the needed traction. When searching for the right set of tire chains to use on your vehicle, it helps if you make some measurements first to figure out the width of the tire, tire's sidewall, and tread. Once you have the correct chains, you now have to learn how to use them. If you want to know how to set up tire chain the right way, check out some of these tips:
Making the measurements
- Using a tape measure, figure out the distance between the rim's edge and the tread's tip. This measurement will determine the width of the tire's sidewall.
- With the same tool, find out the tire's diameter. For this, you have to position the end of the tape measure at the tread's edge and then pull this all the way to the tire's face. Mark the measurement for the width of the tire.
- Measure the width of the tread. Place the tape at the tread's outer edge and then run this through the tread's inner edge. Take note of the measurement.
Setting up the tire chain
- Whether your vehicle is a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive, tire chains should be fitted on the driving wheels.
- Consult the vehicle or owner's manual for the class S reference to learn more about the limited clearance for tire chains. Get instructions from the manual to deal with the limited clearance since regular chains won't do.
- When putting in the tire chain, make sure that your vehicle won't obstruct traffic. As much as possible, don't do this on the road. Also remember to put the emergency brake on and to switch off the engine as you set up the chain.
- The chains must be laid flat on the ground to make sure that all sides are parallel. Watch out for twists or kinks in the links.
- Over each back tire, the chains must be draped. The speed hook or J hook fastener should be on the inside. On the other end of the chains lies a lever fastener that has a keeper link.
- The smooth side of the cross member end hooks should lie against the tires.
- You'll have to reach behind the tires to secure the speed hooks. The J hooks must be inserted through the third link, which is from the chain's other end. The slack must be pulled toward the tire's outside edge.
- The car must be pulled forward for several feet. The slack should also be pulled toward you. After this, you can now push the lever fastener through the third link, which is from the opposite end of the outside tire chain. The lever must pivot back on itself and should be fastened underneath the keeper link.
- You have to drive the vehicle forward. Next thing you have to do is to pull out the slack of the chain. You then have to secure it tightly. Make sure that there's about the same number of loose links on the chain's sides.
- The extra links must be sealed with zip ties. They may also be trimmed using bolt cutters. You may use rubber tighteners to prolong the life of the tire chain.