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Snow chains on an XC90?

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Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by Aznav » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:32 pm

In the last week on January I will be traveling to snow country. Does anyone put chains on their XC90? If so, front or rear? I suspect it's rare to need them but I'm thinking of those literal blizzards you may be caught in. Then again, a little weather wisdom would hopefully prevent that.

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Re: Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by RickHaleParker » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:44 pm

If you need chains, it is way past time to get off the road.
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Re: Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by MoVolvos » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:34 pm

RickHaleParker wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:44 pm
If you need chains, it is way past time to get off the road.
Wow, in the late 80's a trip to Lake Tahoe when it snowed would usually require chains but then again when the chains came out the trip took double or triple the amount of time most of it not moving :roll: .
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Re: Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by oragex » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:09 pm

I'm not sure if snow chains are still used in the US, but these are still popular in Europe. I've never used these - we put snow tires here, but for having used snow tires in front and 'all season' in the rear, after a few spins in the middle of the highway I would advise against it. Chains/snow tires on all wheels.

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Re: Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by volvolugnut » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:19 pm

It has been decades since I used snow chains. These days, if I can get around local roads with all season tires, I just stay home. Gee, that really makes me sound old.
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Re: Snow chains on an XC90?

Post by MoVolvos » Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:49 pm

volvolugnut wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:19 pm
It has been decades since I used snow chains. These days, if I can get around local roads with all season tires, I just stay home. Gee, that really makes me sound old.
And get off my yard!
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