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You can easily weave through traffic and even fly as fast as the wind on highways. But even with the driving skills of a race-car driver or instincts of an off-roader, when the road is covered in snow, ice, or mud, it's a totally different ball game out there. The tires may lose traction and start to skid across the slippery ground. The same thing goes when traveling on mountain roads where the altitude makes it all the more difficult for your tires to get a firm grip. Good thing is, you can always count on a tire chain to provide better traction, so your vehicle can pull through particularly challenging road conditions. Even the fiercest 4x4s will do better with tire chains that ensure minimal brake distance by as much as 75%, as well as reduced vibration and noise. If you want to regain full control of your vehicle, be sure to use a good tire chain that fits perfectly. Never buy chains that are too small or too big for your tires because these will only cause more driving trouble instead of keep you safe. Most tire chains come complete with their own installation instructions and guide to know which tires will fit them. You'd want to check these out along with your vehicle manual to make sure you'll get the perfect set of tire accessories for your ride.Quite simply, the best OE replacements and car accessories are found here at Auto Parts Warehouse. They're sourced from the best brands in the industry, so you can be absolutely sure about their great quality. We also have the widest selection of automotive products here-you can probably find anything else you need for your ride while shopping for a good tire chain. With our warehouse prices, you're sure to find auto parts that not only fit your rig but also your tight budget. In case you find a lower price than ours, no need to worry-we can match or beat that offer! For orders over $50, you'll also get free shipping. So if you want the best bargains, don't bother looking anywhere else. Our site is 100% secure-it's safe to buy here any time, any day. If you ever need help with anything, you can drop a line via live chat or dial our toll-free number to get in touch with our customer service experts. Why don't you shop with us today?

Buying Guides

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Tough Chains Equals Tougher Tires: Buying the Right Tire Chains

Your car was not built to course through roads like an Olympic figure skater. It can't glide smoothly through ice and snow without losing traction. It can't speed up along frosted highways without skidding across the ground. But just like how a figure skater needs her skate to perform on ice, your car needs a durable tire chain to perform on the road. Go for gold on those snow-covered streets with a tire chain that perfectly fits your car and your driving lifestyle.

Installing chains on all tires vs. Fitting chains on the driving wheel

Tire chains are installed to give tires a firmer grip on the road. So to get the most control out of steering, especially during extreme road conditions, it is best to have all your tires fitted with tire chains. But if you really can't afford buying 4 separate chains, you can just purchase one pair of chains. Just remember to consult your vehicle's owner manual, especially for all-wheel-drive vehicles, to determine which wheel it should be installed on.

Cable chains vs. Steel links

The type of tire chain you need depends on how and where you drive. If you're most likely to drive in roads or places with extreme cold weather conditions, then a steel link chain would give the tires the best protection. Its steel aircraft cable and steel rollers are durable enough to withstand the demands of driving through ice and snow. But if snow is the least of your worries, then it is recommended you install cable tire chain instead of steel links. They are relative cheaper than steel links and are more flexible to different driving conditions. That is why cable chains are also recommended if you drive a lot and for longer distances. They offer a smoother ride rather than steel chains, which tends to cause vibration when driving for long periods of time.

Ladder-style vs. Diamond-style tire chains

Tire chains also vary according to how the cables or steel links are patterned. They can either be arranged crisscrossing each other (diamond-style or Z-type) or laid perpendicularly (ladder-style). The style of tire chain can greatly affect your tires' response to the road where you're driving. Ladder-style chains have steel links or cables that are laid perpendicular to each other. Although this kind of tire chains does not offer much performance, they are the cheapest out of all the styles of tire chains. So if you simply need one that will work, this type would be a good choose. But if you're looking for nothing but the best for your tires, you can install either a diamond-style or Z-type chain. This kind of chain offers more starting traction and works best with a car's traction control system or antilock brakes. These chains are also the best type for on-road use. They do particularly well in deep snow. Diamond-style or Z-type chains offer the best ride comfort, and they are definitely worth the price if you're always passing through rough terrain.

Repair Guides

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An Easier Way to Installing Tire Chains

Whether you're lying under your car or extending your arms to reach the back of the tire, getting tire chains into your wheels can prove to be an impossibly difficult feat. But you don't need to have superhuman strength or a gymnast's flexibility to install a tire chain. Yes, it's true! This guide will show you how you can get those pesky tire chains properly installed with ease.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Tools you'll need:

  • New tire chain
  • Allen wrench
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Bolt cutters or zip ties (optional)

Step 1: Before anything else, be sure that you have checked whether your car has a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Since tire chains are installed on your car's driving wheels, having the right information will save you time and effort during this job. You wouldn't want to install tire chains on the wrong wheel, right?

Step 2: Now that you've determined where the tire chains should go, move on to preparing your car for the installation. Park your car on level ground and set your emergency breaks. Lift your car just enough to take the driving wheel out. Remove the lug nuts and pull out the wheel from your car's frame. Set it aside as you start preparing the tire chains.

Step 3: Take the tire chains out from its box. Lay it out in front of you to make sure there are no tangles or loose ends. Remember that you'll be rolling the tire over the spread-out tire chain, so it's best that you get all the kinks out prior to the actual installation. Also make sure that the chain's open-hook is facing down so that they will face outwards the tire once you drive it over the chain.

Step 4: Notice that there are different hooks and clips on your tire chains. There are basically 2 types of hook and it is important you take note which clips hook where. The fastener found on the ends of each chain is called the keeper link. It is what keeps the opposite ends of the chain together. On the other hand, the speed hook or J hook is the fastener which holds the tire chains to your car's tires. The speed hook should be fastened on the inside of the tires while the keeper link should be connected to the other side of the chain with a level fastener.

Step 5: Fasten the keeper link and lever to the outer side of the tire. Start rolling your driving wheel over the chains, connecting each speed hook to its inner side as you go along.

Step 6: Once you've reached the end of the tire chain and you've completely covered the entire wheel, take the lever that was fastened in the front side of the tire. Insert it through the chain link at the opposite end of the chain to secure the entire contraption in place. Pull the lever slightly back to tighten the tire chains.

Step 7: When you're sure that the lever has been hooked, take a step back to double check all connections. Make sure there is about the same number of links on the inside and outside of the wheels. If there are loose links, you can secure them with the use of zip ties. You can also opt to remove them by cutting the ends with bolt cutters.

Step 8: Now that the tire chains are completely installed, you can put your wheel back on your car. Fasten the lug bolts to secure the tire and start lowering your vehicle.

Step 9: Test-drive the new tire chains for about 1/2 km. Check the chain's fit again and re-tighten if necessary.

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