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First of all what tires are you running? Because you are not supposed to use chains on an AWD car. Even if you have an automatic with the FWD fuse in, it is not recommended that chains be used. The best bet is to put on a good set of all-seasons or snow tires on your 16's if you still have them. I would say that it is better to be safe then sorry.
I know that I will be going up to the Sierras a couple of times this winter and I will purchasing a set of snow tires just in case.
hmm I have summer type tires Summitomo HRTZ II's. I have the Subaru four pot brakes so I couldnt even use the stock wheels. One got stolen anyways. I am heading out tomorrow regardless. It should be okay as the highway conditions are okay through the border
Interestingly I was headed up to Seattle up the I-5! I don't have the WRX yet, so I asked Hertz for an AWD car, they said Subaru Outback, I said great. It turned out all they had was a Mitsubishi Outlander....great So I make it around North of Redding,, and they keep on closing the road, and say I need an R1 traction device ( I guess that meant chains ). Well, I figure I can get through with the AWD anyway, but just in case I buy chains too. I'm looking through the manual for which wheels to put it on (with an AWD, I wouldn't know, my brother's forester said front wheels). It says: "Warning: Do not install chains on this vehicle. It does not have the required fender clearance for snow chains." Well @#@$!!!!!!!!!! The CHP is checking us all for chains and whatnot, and then they closed to road right in front of us, and it was just such a headache I turned back. Fortunately my brother flew down here for Christmas
Well, I'm just curious, what you did about the CHP warnings and whatnot, and if the WRX will take chains in case it's requested. The wheels will probably be staying at the stock 16"s.
I am still wondering as to how the CHP can say that we have to put chains on an AWD car when the manual says that we should not put chains on the car. I mean if we have any drivetrain problems from putting on chains, do we blame the CHP? Because I am going on a ski-trip in the middle of next month and I am going to equip my car with dedicated snow tires. Will the CHP still require me to put chains on my car?
Originally posted by ImprezaRSDriver I am still wondering as to how the CHP can say that we have to put chains on an AWD car when the manual says that we should not put chains on the car. I mean if we have any drivetrain problems from putting on chains, do we blame the CHP? Because I am going on a ski-trip in the middle of next month and I am going to equip my car with dedicated snow tires. Will the CHP still require me to put chains on my car?
My understanding is that an AWD vehicle with real snow tires will be allowed to pass the check point with no hassles. In bad conditions, they will visually inspect the condition of all four tires, too.
The CHP cannot *make* anyone put chains on their vehicle, but they are also not obligated to let cars without snow tires or chains pass through a check point if the weather/roads are really treacherous. They can simply turn you back the way you came.
Last time I went to Reno, I was allowed through a check point near the summit. It was snowing lightly at the time, but I was waved through with nary a glance at the tires or Subaru emblem, while the VW AWD sedan in front of me got a 360-degree inspection. Other cars were all pulled over to let the chain monkeys go to work. I'm going to Reno again this Sunday and the conditions may be worse than the last time, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed