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rangeoflight32



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:10 pm    Post subject: How many tire snow chains for 4WD? Reply with quote

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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smj999smj
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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V8Pathy



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1

1 pair of chains and on the rear.
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rangeoflight32



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why would you still need chains with the 4wd?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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