How Do You Install Winter Tire Chains?

How to Install Winter Tire Chains

Winter weather is a crucial element that farmers and other landowners need to prepare for as soon as possible. Slippery conditions can cause problems for tractors. Even tractors that are designed for durability can have issues in the wintertime - potentially getting stuck in the snow, or slipping on icy terrain. While some tires may work in these conditions, others may need even more help, which is where snow tires come into the picture.

Installing Tire Chains in 4 Easy Steps

Installing different types of tire chains is relatively simple. While it is easy to implement, it can also provide a significant amount of traction under slippery conditions, like ice. Here’s how to install tire chains on your tires before winter arrives.

1. Drape the Chain Over the Tire

When you drape the chain over the tire, you will want to make sure the open size of the hooks for the cross-links faces away from the tire. As you lay the chain onto the tire, you’ll want to make sure it’s centered over the tread as close as possible.

2. Attach Regular Hook to the Inside

As you attach the regular hook to the inside, try to utilize the tightest link possible without moving the chain from its position on the center of the tire. Along the outside of the tire, you will then want to hook the lever fastener through any open link. This can be found on the free end of the rim chain.

3. Fold the Lever Fastener Back 180 Degrees

These chains should be fit snugly. That said, if the lever doesn’t fold back completely, you will want to try one link longer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t fold easily, then try a link shorter and that should do the trick.

4. Hook the End of the Chain Through a Link Located on the Rim Chain

Lastly, you will want to check to make sure the chains are tightly fit on the tires, so they will not fall off when they start moving. If the tension is perfect, it will be very hard to fit your finger between the tires and any of the links.

If your tire chains fall off easily when you drive, it may be a sign they were placed on too loosely. Deflating the tires might make installing the chains a bit easier, however, it isn’t necessary in order to get the chains on properly. Tire chains are usually only recommended for your rear traction tires. Additionally, they will not do much to improve traction on your front tires if you have two-wheel drive.

For more information regarding agriculture equipment, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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