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Old 18 January 2013, 15:13   #1
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For A 2wd Passat. We live at the top of a hilly area so I need something that will get me the couple miles down to the nearest main road.

I dont want to spend loads as they will get used rarely. Any recommendations..?
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Others will know better...but only use on snow & make sure they are the correct size that's what I have been told.
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Get the low profile tyres off the car and fit winter tyres
They don't look as good but you will be able to get about in all but the worst weather
Chains wreck alloys and tyres, they are a nightmare to fit and if its snowing you will get soaked!
Just get a set of winter tyres and steel wheels and get them fitted in November and removed in April
Oh one other tip learn to drive on the snow it's not that hard just use highest gear possible light throttle and only use brakes gently
Don't rely on the electronics they won't stop you any better in the ice or snow
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Lidil had them for 20.00 just before Christmas, all sizes.
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For A 2wd Passat. We live at the top of a hilly area so I need something that will get me the couple miles down to the nearest main road.

I dont want to spend loads as they will get used rarely. Any recommendations..?
Get yourself some snow socks for the car.
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Old 18 January 2013, 16:04   #6
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be careful as some insurance companies are a bit funny about chains.
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I bought tin of this last year - but no tested since living in Scotland we don't get much snow !

http://www.wintertyregrip.co.uk/
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Get the low profile tyres off the car and fit winter tyres

Oh one other tip learn to drive on the snow it's not that hard just use highest gear possible light throttle and only use brakes gently
Like this you mean

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Get the low profile tyres off the car and fit winter tyres
They don't look as good but you will be able to get about in all but the worst weather
Chains wreck alloys and tyres, they are a nightmare to fit and if its snowing you will get soaked!
Just get a set of winter tyres and steel wheels and get them fitted in November and removed in April
Oh one other tip learn to drive on the snow it's not that hard just use highest gear possible light throttle and only use brakes gently
Don't rely on the electronics they won't stop you any better in the ice or snow
Chains are a P.O.P. to fit and if you have the correct size and done the fit properly will not touch your alloys.
If you need to get down hill fit them on your fronts, obviously getting back up you need them on the rears, ideally all four.

Once you get the hang of it should only take a minute per wheel once you've rolled onto them.

They're cheaper than a NCB or somebody's side of car.

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Erm... he has a 2WD Passat - the chains need to be on the drive wheels for uphill (which is the front on a 2WD Passat I believe) and the breaking wheels on decent (wich will also be the front)

Modern chains don't need to be driven onto, you apply them around the tyre.
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