I just bought a Saturn VUE 4-cyclinder and plan to go to the snow at the end of
Has anyone used snow cables (chains) on their vue with Tire size P215/70R16???
The user's manual says, If you have P235/XXRXX then do not use chains.....does
this mean if I do not, I can use cables (chains)?? Has anyone tried it?
chains.....does this mean if I do not, I can use cables (chains)?? Has
anyone tried it?
When I lived in the Sierras in California where chains were required, I
purchased Spider-Chains. They are wonderful. Easy to install and give
great traction. You can find more information about them at
My Saturn dealer sold them to me.
I went through this same problem last month.
If you stick your hand between the top of the front tires and the
strut, you'll see there's barely enough room for a finger to fit in
there, let alone any kind of tire chain. It's possible that a really
thin, flat cable MIGHT fit through there, but I'm not sure I'd want to
Saturn recommends something called a Spike Spider which is hideously
expensive (about $400) which attaches to the outside wheel rim and
extends to cover most of the tread, without interfering with the
strut. I have no idea how well this would work.
I ended up not using anything at all. I think it'll depend on how much
snow you intend to drive in, and how often. I mean, it IS a four wheel
drive vehcile, that should be enough for most adverse driving
My fault....I failed to mention something:
My vue is a FWD, so something would be needed if the road gets realy snowie (is
that a word?)
You are correct, thought, not much clearance between the tire and the strut, I
was just wondering if anyones has
tried cables with it anyways and how it turned out. Cause those spyder things
Ok...I went ahead and tried it. With tire size P215/70R16 tire cables WILL work
(this tire size is what comes with the 4-cyl). Worked greater, and only for $30
(no ABS on my model)
NOTE: Only with tire size P215/70R16 calbes will work...
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