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Old 11-23-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Using Snow Chains

I recently bought a set of snow chains from: http://tirechaindealer.com.
The website stated that these chains would be class "S" compliant. Yet, the Ford owners manual states that chains are not recommended for the 2009 for focus.
My focus is bone stock and seems to have ample fender clearance for chains.
My question is: will I run into major wear and tear on tires, wheels, or fenders?

Either way the chains I went with were diamond link chains with an already present tensioning system.

any thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 11-23-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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The should be no reason you'd need to use tire chains. A good set of snow tires is all you'll ever need, for if you get into enough snow where chains overcome the grip of the tires, you probably shouldn't be out driving.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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There are mountain passes in CA where under certain conditions you must use chains or go home. Since these conditions are dependent on the local weather, which changes frequently, to avoid this problem you must stay home (or move out of CA in the summer).
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:41 PM   #4
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No chains....studded tires maybe?
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you guys can use chains? its illegal to do that up here because of damage to the roads.
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It is under limited conditions and distances/durations, but the attached link clearly says to carry chains, know how to install them on your drive wheels and that you can be cited (ticketed) for not using chains when required.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/wntrdriv.htm

I agree that chains are damaging to the roads and possibly the car, another reason to not live in CA. I grew up in the Tug Hill Plateau region of NY (300+ inches of snow) and only ever put chains on the tractor when using the snowblower.
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No chains....studded tires maybe?
Studded tires are for ice, not snow.
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I agree that chains are damaging to the roads and possibly the car, another reason to not live in CA. I grew up in the Tug Hill Plateau region of NY (300+ inches of snow) and only ever put chains on the tractor when using the snowblower.
This is where I live and I have never even considered getting chains. Studded tires work great and if they are not enough on some days, you would probably be better off getting 4wd or staying home.
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This is where I live and I have never even considered getting chains. Studded tires work great and if they are not enough on some days, you would probably be better off getting 4wd or staying home.
Boylston - on the lake side of the Tug; you get the leftovers in Lowville. Although my last snowmobile crash was near the Flat Rock Inn two years ago.
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My focus is bone stock and seems to have ample fender clearance for chains.
My question is: will I run into major wear and tear on tires, wheels, or fenders?
Chains are only a problem if they don't fit tight. Do a "dry run". Install them on the car now to make sure that they fit nice and snug. Put them on and drive around the block just to make sure they aren't going to slip and come loose.

When you are heading somewhere that you know you might need them make sure you have your jack and lug wrench handy(not buried under the luggage in the trunk). Don't put them on until you are required to and take them off as soon as you can.
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