Ford Explorer: Wheels and Tires / Using Snow Chains

Ford Explorer 2020-2024 Owners Manual / Wheels and Tires / Using Snow Chains

WARNING: Do not exceed 30 mph (50 km/h). Failure to follow this instruction could result in the loss of control of your vehicle, personal injury or death.

WARNING: Do not use snow chains on snow-free roads.

WARNING: Only fit snow chains to specified tires.

WARNING: If your vehicle is fitted with wheel trims, remove them before fitting snow chains.

WARNING: Snow tires must be the same size, load index and speed rating as those originally provided by Ford. Use of any tire or wheel not recommended by Ford can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, which could result in an increased risk of loss of control, vehicle rollover, personal injury and death. Additionally, the use of non-recommended tires and wheels can cause steering, suspension, axle, transfer case or power transfer unit failure. Follow the Ford recommended tire inflation pressure found on the Safety Compliance Certification Label (on the door hinge pillar, door latch post or the door edge that meets the door latch post, next to the driver seat), or Tire Label on the B-Pillar or the edge of the driver door. Failure to follow the tire pressure recommendations can cause uneven treadwear patterns and adversely affect the way your vehicle handles.

Only use snow chains on rear wheels. Install snow chains in pairs. Do not use self-tensioning snow chains.

Only use snow chains on the following specified tire sizes:

  • 255/60R18
  • Only install chains that are 10 mm or less.
  • 255/65R18
  • Only install chains that are 10 mm or less.
  • 265/60R18
  • Only install chains that are 10 mm or less.
  • 255/55R20
  • Only install chains that are 10 mm or less.

We recommend you use steel wheels of the same size and specification if snow chains are required because chains may chip aluminum wheels.

Follow these guidelines when using snow tires and traction devices:

  • If possible, avoid fully loading your vehicle.
  • Purchase snow chains from a manufacturer that clearly labels body to tire dimension restrictions.
  • When driving with snow chains do not exceed 30 mph (50 km/h) or the maximum speed recommended by the chain manufacturer, whichever is less.
  • Drive cautiously. If you hear the snow chains rub or bang against the vehicle, stop and tighten them. If this does not work, remove the snow chains to prevent vehicle damage.
  • Remove the snow chains when they are no longer needed. Do not use snow chains on dry roads.
  • If a temporary spare wheel is mounted on your vehicle, do not use snow chains on the axle with the temporary spare wheel.
  • Use snow chains that fit against the sidewall of the tire to prevent the chains from touching the wheel rims or suspension, see following illustration.

If you have any questions regarding snow chains, please contact your authorized dealer.

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