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Offline Old Greenhorn

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Re: Snow chains/cables
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2019, 04:49:58 PM »
On spot chains have been around for a while. We have them on all our fire trucks and ambulances. They are good for short period and emergencies when you don't have time to chain up. (i.e. the roads are all fine and you get to a house for a fire and find the driveway was not plowed.)
 You can NOT go over 30 with them. They will only work going forward, the chain stubs do break off over time and need to be checked. In very deep snow, they can be of questionable value because the snow blocks the chain from swinging under the wheel. But they are known to be life-savers when you need them. I really don't think I would want them on a personal vehicle, because of cost, upkeep, and effectiveness. I did love having them on my truck when I was first due on a house fire at 3am during a blizzard and I was alone on the truck.
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Re: Snow chains/cables
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 06:22:14 PM »
It's an easy choice here in Ontario - no chains, cables, or studs allowed by law.  I don't think it's enforced all that heavily outside of the 401 corridor.

If I understand what I have read correctly.  All of the current pickup truck manufactures tell NOT to put any type of chains on the front of your 4WD trucks.  Something to go with the ABS senor wiring.  I know my 2012 F150 Super-crew tells you not too.


If you're on roads that need chains, I don't think ABS is going to be much help either.  Now that I think about it, ABS is more of a hindrance trying to stop on slippery surfaces than a help.

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Re: Snow chains/cables
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2019, 11:05:58 AM »
I have seen a lot of cable chains like that laying along the road on the passes over the years.
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