Is this the better tire chain?

This is a trial installation of the new tire chains

Diamond pattern - easy installation - tire chains

Since I needed new chains for the car, I’ve been looking for better performing chains that are also easier to install. This is what I found. I have installed them to check to see that they fit. The plastic is to keep them clean in case they have to be returned. They fit. I’ll post the boring details in the next pane of the blog…___________________________

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tangled tire chains when removed from the case 7251

The chains will be tangled when removed from the case

untangled tire chains 7252

The first chore is to completely untangle the chains

tire chains ready to install 7253

It helps to lay out the chains on the ground by the tire like this

The tire chain's stiff cable of with the plastic sheath is slid around the back 7254

The stiff cable with the plastic sheath is slid around the back of the tire

The stiff cable of the tire chain is joined to make a ring that will be a the back of the tire

The stiff cable is joined to make a ring that will be a the back of the tire

There is a red connector at the top front of the tire

There is a red connector at the top front of the tire

This is the upper front hook on the tire chain

This is the detail of the upper front hook on the tire chain

The gadget for connecting and tighten the tire chain at the bottom

The gadget for connecting and tighten the tire chain at the bottom

The chain is fully installed

The chain is fully installed

The first picture (way up at the top of this post) shows additional tighteners attached over the chains. I read that most of the wear on chains results from loose chains spinning away from the tires and slapping hard against the road. The additional tighteners are cheap and recommended.

After the initial installation, the car should be driven for a few meters and then everything will require retightening. After that they are ready for driving.

Watch for more here when I try them on snow.

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3 Responses to “Is this the better tire chain?”


  1. 1 Pecora Nera October 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Do you live in Italy? I have two cars and despite your wonderful instructions my chains just end up in a twisted mess. I am sure Mrs Sensible would make you a nice pasta dish if you come and fit the chains for us.

    PS. I have nicked your first pic for my blog.

    All the best Pecora Nera.


  1. 1 Spring Snow – Red Heather Meadows « Salish Sea Trackback on March 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm
  2. 2 Hey Ho the snow is on it’s way | Englishman in Italy Trackback on October 30, 2012 at 1:55 am

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