4 Stars By Jabauman on 2015-12-07
Helpful Advice for Single Ladies
This review is for the single ladies like me. I think these tire cables are a good choice for added snow traction because they do not require you to move your car to install them and they automatically center and tighten as you drive.
That being said, I would encourage you to PRACTICE INSTALLING THEM before you need to use them because the installation was harder than I anticipated.
Here are some tips, based on my experience:
1. Carry a pair of work gloves and a towel. The thin plastic gloves included in the box are worthless when it comes to protecting your hands, and
you'll likely need to get on the ground to install these tire cables correctly.
2. Turn each tire at an angle for easier access if you have a front-wheel drive car. My Honda Fit has front-wheel drive and an extremely tight
wheel well clearance. If your car has a similar set-up, I suggest you start your engine and turn the steering wheel as far to the right as possible
to access the front right tire, then turn the engine off and set the safety brake before installation. Repeat the process for the left side, turning
the steering wheel as far to the left as possible when installing the tire cables on the front left tire.
3. Rubber tightener is stiff and hard to install when new. If you don't have the necessary hand and arm strength, start by connecting the first hook
at the 12 o'clock position, then stand-up and put the toe of your boot or shoe inside the rubber band and stretch it toward the ground so you can
connect the second hook at the 6 o'clock position. For the remaining hooks, I put my hand inside the rubble tightener with my palm facing out.
With the rubber tightener pressing against my palm and thumb, I put all four of my fingers on the steel wire and gripped my hand into a
fist until I could place the remaining hooks on the wire cable at 1.5, 4.5, 7.5 and 10.5 positions. You could also roll your car slightly forward and
repeat the "boot stretching technique" if you don't have enough hand/arm strength to attach the remaining clips.
4. Getting the tire cables back into the box. Gads! These cables nearly pop out of the box when you open it, but are nearly impossible to get
back in. I had trouble doing this outside, so I eventually took the tire cables inside where I could wipe them off and straighten them out on my
kitchen floor. First, I stacked both cables on top of each other so they were straight and even, then I rolled them so the stiff wires on the left
and right edges were rolled as tightly as possible, securing the roll with the provided twist ties. Now, the tire cables looked something like
a "Toostie Roll." I placed the center of the "Tootsie Roll" into the box and pressed the outside edges on top of the roll. Now the difficult part:
I held his springy pile in place with one hand whileI stuffed the rubber tightener on top and forced the lid closed... Ha! Not easy, so you might
want to consider storing the tire cables in a cloth shopping bag instead.
5. To help prevent rust, dry your tire cables and spray with WD-40, or similar lubricant.
4 Stars By Emilie L. Romero on 2018-01-15
Peace of mind
I learned how to install them after 15 minutes of struggling. It's still a little confusing, but not terrible. I put them on the rear wheels of my Ford Ranger. It does really well in snow with them on (and terrible without)A few times I had to drive through a small plow pile, like when the plow crossed my driveway and leaves a foot of packed snow across it. Both times I made it through the pile, but one of the chains popped off. (no damage done) The first time, I tried to keep driving with one. I tried to go up a steep hill with 4" of snow on top of ice. I could't do it. I could tell just how much it gripped when I hit the breaks and my truck slid backwards on the side without the chain. the chained tire stayed put. I backed down the hill, put on the second chain and went up no problem. Overall I am very greatful for them for the security and I think they are well worth the cost.
5 Stars By gcrosh on 2017-11-04
These things got me through last winter great, 2 pretty hairy drives through snowy terrain in my Acura TSX, pretty easy to put on, no complaints.
5 Stars By Tyler Harris on 2017-02-23
These chains worked great on my 2007 Toyota prius stock tires
These chains worked great on my 2007 Toyota prius stock tires. We did slip once braking too hard going downhill so these arent a cure all but they worked effectively. Took about 3minutes install for each one. And note to users who have never used chains, when removing the chains take the back off first and don't reverse backward if the chains are in an odd position they will get wrapped around your axle.. removal instructions would have been handy.
1 Stars By Pei-En Chang on 2015-03-30
One of them broken at the 1st time use. Miserable quality.
3 Stars By Ivan on 2017-01-31
Not fit properly on 2012 Chevy Malibu on 17"
The chains itself is very good and reliable. Traction on snow is very stable and predictable. Very easy to put on, but not easy to take them off. BUT it does not fit properly my 2012 Chevy Malibu on standard 17" wheels: the climbs on internal side of wheel been hitting the strut.
The same chains works perfect on my friend's 2014 Honda Accord.
5 Stars By Lee Argus on 2013-02-02
Security Chain Company SZ327 Shur Grip Z Passenger Car Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2
Package opens easily with scissors or a box-cutter. Cables are well packed and clearly labeled for correct side placement. Cables are easily placed on the tire, and the included chain rubber tighteners worked perfectly. Driving through snow with these cables feels as if there is more traction in comparison to standard link tire cables. No adjustments needed after several miles of driving. Illustrated directions make installation simple and easy. The fit was perfect, unlike the previous standard link tire cables owned. I would recommend this product for anyone who may be caught in the snow.
5 Stars By M. C. Payette on 1969-12-31
Removing them was equally easy, just don't forget to unhook the rear cable ...
I used these for the first time driving over Donner Pass, CA. I had never done a dry run installation and had only watched the installation video twice several months prior. I used this on my little Ford Focus. I installed them myself (I am a woman in my 40s) in under ten minutes in nasty (using CalTrans language here) wet conditions along the I-80 and experienced no problems whatsoever! After passing the chains/snow tired checkpoint, I witnessed vehicles with snow tires spinning out but my car never exhibited signs of a spin out or anything. Removing them was equally easy, just don't forget to unhook the rear cable before attempting to remove it or you might have a bit of a mess (nothing unrecoverable, though!). I highly recommend watching the video carefully a time or two to best understand how these work, especially if you are like me and have never used chains before.
1 Stars By vivian on 2017-03-05
They don't fit my tires 205/45-17 as suggested. Too short.
5 Stars By Ryan Allen on 2017-04-11