It's Winter Time: What About Chains?
tirechain.com. So the chains I get from Fred Meyer never seem like they’ll work that well. With Connie’s new car and us going in the snow, time to consult the Internet.
Of course, there is an expert at tirechain.com to help you out. Never imagined so many different products could get reviewed.
The long and short is that for cars there is a real chain and then there are cables which don’t work as well. Check out their installation helper. I have to get one of these!
“Vulcan Tire”:http://www.vulcantire.com/chain.htm. On the other hand, the folks at Vulcan say that cables are just fine. They do recommend the so called Z-cable, these go diagonally across the tire so there is always traction (makes sense to me). And, they recommend that even with 2-wheel drive cars, you get chains on all the tires so handling stays the same. That also makes sense to me. Their mid-grade Z-chains are $65 to $90 for bigger tires and they include tensioners. This is about what full chains cost as well.
For SUVs, the State of Washington normally doesn’t require AWD vehicles to use chains except in exceptional conditions.
BTW, so I remember, the Acura MDX has 235/65-R17 tires while the volvo is 205/50-R16. These designations are all a big wierd as a trivia point. 235 refers to how wide the tire is in millmeters, the 65 is the profile (so the smaller, the thiner the tire), the R means a radial tire and then 17 means the rim size in inches. There is also a beginning P that means passenger and LT that means light truck that people don’t seem to use in catalogs anymore. R is usually omitted since that’s the only type around anymore.