Can I use snow tires or tire cables and chains on my Ford vehicle?

In some climates, you may need to use snow tires or cables. Follow the guidelines below when using snow tires and traction devices.

Tire Chains and Cables

  • It is recommended that steel wheels (of the same size and specifications) be used, as cables and chains may chip aluminum wheels.
  • If possible, avoid fully loading your vehicle. Refer to your Owner's Manual for information specific to the load capacity for your vehicle.
  • Purchase chains or cables from a manufacturer that clearly labels body to tire dimension restrictions. Refer to your Owner's Manual for information specific to the tires on your vehicle.
  • Attach snow chains and tires to the appropriate axle(s). Refer to your Owner's Manual for information specific your vehicle.
  • Install cables securely, verifying that the cables do not touch any wiring, brake lines, or fuel lines.
  • When driving with tire cables, do not exceed 30 mph or the maximum speed recommended by the chain manufacturer, whichever is less.
  • Drive cautiously. If you hear the cables rub or bang against the vehicle, stop and tighten them. If this does not work, remove the cables to prevent vehicle damage.
  • Remove the cables when they are no longer needed. Do not use cables on dry roads.

If you have questions regarding the usage of tire cables or chains, contact your Ford Dealer. They can recommend which device to use for your vehicle depending on local driving conditions.

Snow Tires

Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease. Always keep your tires properly inflated and measure them regularly for optimal tire pressure.

https://www.fordservicecontent.com/images/imagen/imagen2.dll?id=warning_owner&s=PNG&t=PNG  WARNING: Snow tires must be the same size, load index, 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 vehicle control, vehicle rollover, personal injury, and death. Additionally, the use of non-recommended tires and wheels could cause steering, suspension, axle, transfer case, or power transfer unit failure.

If you have questions regarding the usage of snow tires, contact your Ford Dealer. They can recommend which snow tire to use for your vehicle depending on local driving conditions.

Additional Information

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