How many tire snow chains for 4WD?

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rangeoflight32
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How many tire snow chains for 4WD?

Postby rangeoflight32 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:10 pm

I want to get some chains and assumed I would get four, but the owners manual for my 2012 Pathfinder says:

“Tire chains must be installed only on the rear wheels and not on the front wheels. .”

So yes that's what it says, but I don't trust it, because doesn't say anything about 4WD vs 2WD or even mention 4WD.

Does anyone have any knowledge or information here? Thanks.


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Postby smj999smj » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:13 pm

Nissan only recommends using tire chains only on the rear wheels of these vehicles because of potential clearance issues regarding the front wheels and the wheel wells during hard turns.

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Postby V8Pathy » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:54 pm

+1

1 pair of chains and on the rear.

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Postby rangeoflight32 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:04 pm

Ok thanks. But there seems like so much space between the wheels and wheel wells with my current tires that I don't see how there could be an contact.

I wonder if could get four if I decided I needed them at some point. But starting out with 2 seems like the way to go.

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Postby kapsig873 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:01 pm

Why would you still need chains with the 4wd?

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Postby smj999smj » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:15 am

kapsig873 wrote:Why would you still need chains with the 4wd?
For use in areas where tires won't give you enough traction.

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Postby blink32 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:08 am

Old thread but man this takes me back to 6 or so years ago when ole Greybrick (changed his userid to Grey) made some posts and lost his sh!t over snow chains when I called him out and he ended up banned. Good times.

I personally bought two sets, 4 chains total. Whenever I encounter roads crappy enough to require chains (other than Highway Patrol mandating their use even if you had snow rated tires) I needed them on all four corners or else steering and stopping were terrible. But you're talking hard-pack snow and ice.


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