: tire chains for SRX - need recommendation



lbreitbarth
11-26-06, 10:37 AM
Ski season is here again. Last year we were lucky in our V8 AWD as the mountain passes in Washington occasionally required chains OR AWD. I did some cursory research at the dealership (said I didn't need them) and a reliable auto parts store, which tried to sell me truck chains based on the size of my tires.

Well this year (today) some of the mountain passes are requiring chains even if the vehicle has AWD.

Has anyone purchased chains based on extensive research? Does their use affect the AWD or ABS?

donjumpsuit
11-26-06, 02:54 PM
Your AWD is fine for all passes. You may have to explain that it is AWD and TractionControl, you HAVE to have tires that say M+S (mud and snow). IF a pass ever has R3 snow emergency, then NOONE can pass. If they even let you, the only way you can pass is in a four wheel drive with chains and a shovel, and boards, so they wouldn't even let you pass with chains. During this type of emergency, its snowing so heavy, they can't keep the plows out there, so it is usually only for 30 minutes, or however long it takes to clear the road.
I guess this is only for california, where it snows out specific highway passes. If there was a more large scale snow emergency, all bets are off.

Check into it more with your department of transportation.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/chcontrl.htm

dechief4
11-27-06, 10:41 AM
Ski season is here again. Last year we were lucky in our V8 AWD as the mountain passes in Washington occasionally required chains OR AWD. I did some cursory research at the dealership (said I didn't need them) and a reliable auto parts store, which tried to sell me truck chains based on the size of my tires.

Well this year (today) some of the mountain passes are requiring chains even if the vehicle has AWD.

Has anyone purchased chains based on extensive research? Does their use affect the AWD or ABS?

Let me try to answer the question you actually asked... I have used "Shur Grip Z" cable chains in the past on my SRX and they have worked fine. Normal precautions apply - don't use them on dry pavement; when using them, don't drive over 45; yada, yada... They can be purchased at several different locations, and the link to the manufacturer is here: http://www.scc-chain.com/Traction%20Pages/Trac_SGZ.html . (http://www.scc-chain.com/Traction%20Pages/Trac_SGZ.html)

In the winter, I always keep a set for all four tires in the back.
Hope this helps!
Dechief

Infrared in Idaho
11-28-06, 01:51 AM
I've used cable chains in the past and they work ok. This year I went to my local Les Schwab dealer and got a complete set of chains for my 04 SRX. I have also had great luck with Les Schwab chain, put them on a 93 Volvo 940 sedan in North Dakota. Excellent! Haven't used this year on the SRX, yet.