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Old 25 Oct 2012, 10:38 pm
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Hello everyone,

I will be driving from San Diego to Las Vegas this coming December (Dec 19 to be exact), and I would like to know whether or not I need to get chains or cables for my tires.

I will be taking I-15 all the way at night (23:00 PST).

I have a 2007 PT Cruiser equipped with 215 50 17.

I have been doing some research on road conditions and weather, and some of them indicate that the Cajon Pass, Victorville, Wrightwood, and some other places might have snow/ice on them.

I guess my question(s) is/are, would I need snow chains/cables, and what is likely the road conditions when taking the I-15 in December?

Thanks for your time.

P.S. The manual says chains are not recommended "due to low clearance." Does that mean I need to get cables? Please help! Thanks again!
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 12:08 am
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IDK anything but my '01 manual said it needed special tire sizes for chains
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 08:55 am
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Whenever possible on wide low profile tires get Cables. It is also a good idea to purchase them at a store that will let and show/instruct you how to install them.
Have a pair of warm cloves, extra old towel and some wipes and a couple of small plastic garbage bags to place in your emergency cable/chain box.

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Old 26 Oct 2012, 08:57 am
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Cables "not" chains if you have all season tires you should be OK in most cases. That far south I would "think " you would not need them but you should certainly have them available and know how to install them!

Just ask and the parts store can help you get the right size!
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 10:28 am
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Ever see what happens to a car when the "CHAINS" partially break before you can stop the car? Good bye fender,strut,wheel etc.!

Cables, when they break they will usually make whipping noises and in most scenarios hit the plastic inner fender well.

In many years of selling Cables and Chains I may have warrantied 1 cable set but chains at least one a month during the winter months returned so called defective?

I will say that the cars that were damaged by the chains breaking it was pretty clear that they were driving to fast.

I would NOT completely trust the CSR that helps you with your chains/Cable size selection. Look at your tire size before you shop for them and compare your tire size to the box application guide you are going to purchase. It really would suck big time if you come upon needing them only to find that they are the wrong size!
Also ALWAYS ask if any other parts are needed for your application like "ADJUSTERS".
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 10:44 am
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Some one on here posted that what ever state they were in would not allow you to use either???? might check on that

I thinks chains will bite a lot better i have a set for my tractor and in the winter is is suck a HUGE difrfrence but again im not running 70mph

I also agree that cables are easier to put on easier on your tires and like nitro said if they break easier on your car
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 10:58 am
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Yep all good advise! I have cables myself, I'd heard about the damage chains can do..did not know they could destroy the struts and yes if you think you might "really" need to use them, it's best to test fit them in good conditions!

I find that FWD does very well in snow and ice for the most part but...only if the roads are flat!

I had to go to work in Va City one winter , took the icy back roads (6 mile Canyon) and had a good time passing 4x4's and such. Came to the first stop sign to get up to Va City (imagine San Francisco hills with stop signs at the top!)

Yeah that did not happen, let the cars I passed go by did a Y turn and went back home!


No chains apparently you can's climb icy hills with FWD and no chains! Who knew!
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 11:06 am
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Some one on here posted that what ever state they were in would not allow you to use either???? might check on that

I thinks chains will bite a lot better i have a set for my tractor and in the winter is is suck a HUGE difrfrence but again im not running 70mph

I also agree that cables are easier to put on easier on your tires and like nitro said if they break easier on your car

The indirect comparison to your tractor and the PT
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 11:42 am
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Yeah I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure a PT has more speed potential then a tractor!

But hey set your goals low..their easier to achive!

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Old 26 Oct 2012, 12:31 pm
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hey not its a 70 hp TURBO desiel tractoe and it will get up and move

I bet out of a muddy parking lot i can beat you to the pavement???LOLOLOLOLOLO

hey on our skid steer we added tracks and OMG the diffrence is just UNREAL in fact you can rip a axel out with tracks where a tire will spin

and OMG Yes to the HILLBILLYS REDNECKS COUNTRY BOYS cause we can survive
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