How to Put Chains on Tires – Do you know how to put snow chains in your car? Goodyear teaches you tricks and advice that might be helpful to you.
Winter has come to the north of the country and the high zones, the chains turn into a very important tool of our luggage carrier. Of course, it is the kind of care that ultimately affects only a small part of the Portuguese drivers, but this year we have already been entitled to some early snows and it is never too much to revise this advice too. The traction on the snow is almost nil (unless we have also put winter tires) so it’s a good idea to be familiar with the use of tire chains if we’re surprised by a blizzard or we’re going to vacation in a winter resort. In the next few lines, we will teach you some tricks to put the chains, as well as recommendations to take into account during the coldest months of the year.
Putting the chains on the tires is a process that nowadays is nothing complicated. Manufacturers have already developed more and more simple systems and suffice to know what you intend to do so that anyone will not take more than 15 minutes to put them.
Types of snow chains
To begin with, you need to know that there are different types of chains on the market. Firstly, there are classical chains, those that are available to the drivers for all the time. They have a good traction and acceptable durability, although they are not the quickest to put.
Another type is the screen. In this case, they are not properly chains, but nylon sheaths that are placed in the tires. They are easier to install but suffer considerably more wear. Lastly, there are mixed chains that swap metal for a very sturdy rubber.
Whatever type of chains used, they must be installed on the driving wheels of your vehicle. If it’s a front-wheel drive, like most cars, it’s the front. If the vehicle is rear-traction, in the back. And in the case of full-traction cars (aka 4 × 4), you should consult the vehicle manual, as not all chains are installed in the same way. Another factor to take into account is that, as you can deduct, the chains have to be the right measure for our tires.
How to put the chains: practical advice
Let’s start with the simplest, the canvas. First, you will have to unwind to know if they are placed on the right side and your installation begins with the upper face. The tissue must be placed firmly and correctly on the wheel surface and the Tire’s flanks.
When the top is placed, lift the handbrake so that the wheel rotates over the sheath and then put the chains on the rest of the wheel. Bear in mind that the fabric chains are worn easily when there is no snow. Remove them immediately when you start stepping on the asphalt directly.
The installation of metallic chains takes a little longer but, following these steps, will learn how to put them very quickly. Extend them to the ground to make sure they’re not wrapped. Then tighten the steel cord behind the tire and snap it into place. Proceed with the current on the rolling surface and, like the screen, move your vehicle a few centimetres to place the chains on the rest of the wheel and fit into all the tensors.
As you can see, it’s not too complicated to install chains but it’s good to practice a couple of times in your garage so you don’t have to face the challenge of your installation for the first time in the middle of a big blizzard. Also remember to include a flashlight and shovel in the luggage compartment if your region is prone to snows at this time.