03-14-2006, 12:10 PM
I was wondering if I can put tire chains on my 2.0T A3. I couldnt find my size at pepboys (225/45R-17) (San Deigo Area)
Do guys think tire chains would be harmful for drivetrain of the car?
Any brand recomendation would be very helpful.
03-14-2006, 12:23 PM
Install center disk at home.
Install spider arms when you need to chain up. They do not extend around the back of the wheel, so there is no chance of interference.
Website down ATM.<ul><li><a href="http://www.spikes-spiders.com/">klik</a></li></ul>
03-14-2006, 01:34 PM
they look nice, however they are $350.
a regular tire chain is around $50. but i am concerned that they might inferfere with the suspension springs. there seems to be very little on the back of the tire...
03-14-2006, 02:32 PM
On the other hand, since snow season is almost over, you might find some people selling their winter snow wheel/tires in the classifieds.
03-14-2006, 02:44 PM
"For technical reasons snow chains <b>may not be used on factory installed wheels and tires.</b>
If you want to mount snow chains on your vehicle, consult your Audi dealer for proper rim/tire combination.
<b>Snow chains can be used on the front wheels only</b>
<b>Before you install snow chains, check that the tires are inflated to the correct pressure</b> (page 321) <b>otherwise the chains will not fit the wheels properly.</b>
Only use chains with fine pitch links protruding no more than 1/2 inch (15mm) including tensioner, from tire tread and sidewalls.
Wheels must rotate freely in all steering positions with chains mounted to prevent damage to body, axle, or brake components. <b>Drive slowly and follow the chain manufacturer's instructions</b>
Remove chains when roads are free of snow. Otherwise the chains can damage the tires and impair vehicle handling."
The bold lettering follows the manual.
03-16-2006, 12:52 PM
I just took my Dunlop winter tires off today (which practically guarantees a late March blizzard here on Cape Cod [g]), and it got me thinking about doing what I used to do with my Ford van years ago.
I'm tempted to get the correct wheel/tire combo that can accept chains (anybody know the dealer spec??) and mount the chains on them while they're off the car and the tires are slightly deflated. Then CAREFULLY inflate the tires to tension the chains and put the combo on the car only when really needed next winter.
03-16-2006, 05:30 PM
and once you get to elevation, it's snowing. A royal PITA! :-)
03-17-2006, 03:32 AM
That Ford van used to get stuck on a level, wet lawn in August [g]. Plus it thad plenty of room to store the pre-mounted chain/wheel/tire stuff under the bed.
Its traction was so lousy that there was no point in using standard snow tires, so I'd just drive until I could go no farther, then change the two rear wheels.
PITA doesn't begin to describe it, but once the PITA was over and the chains mounted, it was a snow monster.
03-17-2006, 07:26 PM
Here is asimilar pine-sap based formula. Others I've seen are more of a foam. Can't vouch for them, interesting though. Probally won't get you cleared through a mountian pass.<ul><li><a href="http://store.yahoo.com/sports-imports/lisptichgr.html">http://store.yahoo.com/sports-imports/lisptichgr.html</a</li></ul>