How To Put Chains On Tires

Snow Tire

Snow chains are essential if you live in an area such as Salt Lake City and beyond, with inclement weather that can cause hazardous road conditions like excessive ice and snow. With chains attached, your traction is maximized so you can handle rough conditions and terrain. Chains cut down on the likelihood of your wheels spinning out and causing you to run off the road in dangerous weather.



Your owner’s manual will tell you what size your tires are, so you can buy the right size chains to fit them. You usually only need to put them on two of your vehicle’s tires– the front ones if you have front-wheel drive and the rear ones if you have rear-wheel drive. If your vehicle has all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you should generally stick with the front tires for chains. Learn how to put chains on tires below with the service team from National Auto Plaza!

Installing Car Tire Chains: The Process

If you want to install car tire chains yourself, there are some important steps to follow. It can be a complicated process, so stick to the steps closely and follow all instructions carefully. Be sure to install the chains in good weather conditions if possible, and test drive them on a soft surface around Draper before taking them into hazardous conditions. Be aware that putting chains on your front tires will affect your car’s rear end, while rear tires will affect your steering a bit. Here is how to put chains on tires:

  1. Pick out the right size chains, according to the tire size found in your owner’s manual (or on the tires themselves).
  2. Straighten your wheels and apply the parking brake.
  3. Untangle the chains so they hang loosely.
  4. Drape the chains over each tire, ensuring that any hooks are pointed away, so they don’t accidentally stick the tire. Tuck the ends of the chains under the tires and make sure that the chains are evenly distributed over each tire.
  5. Connect the ends of the chains together, first facing inward (you may have to crawl slightly under your car for this), and then facing outward. There should be four connections total.
  6. Tighten the chains as much as you can, drive a few feet forward, then turn the car off and tighten any slack that came out when you pull forward.

Want to sit this one out and let the pros get the job done? Schedule a service visit to either our Sandy or Murray location, whichever you prefer!

Discover More Service Tips with National Auto Plaza!

If you have any questions about installing snow chain tires, feel free to contact our dealership near Murray. We’re also happy to give you any information you need about other winter essentials, such as having your car inspected and putting together an emergency kit. If you’re looking to DIY more vehicle services, be sure to check out our service tips and tricks!


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