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Are tire chains allowed on my vehicle?

bgrigg722

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Hello all,

Owner of a 2019 Ram Laramie 1500. Tire size 285/45/22.

No where in my owner's manual does it state anything about installing chains on my vehicle. Does anyone know if it's allowed or not due to clearance/brake components etc? I even brought my truck to a pep boys /Firestone and received varying answers. I'm surprised this info isn't in the owners manual even if it isn't allowed..it should state that.

Any help would be much appreciated. I leave for a snow trip in a couple of weekends.

Thanks. Brian
 

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07ADB51B-DE92-4848-9972-1AB3DDCA114D.png From my owners manual 19 bighorn. There should be something in yours even if it says not to use them.
 

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View attachment 78557 From my owners manual 19 bighorn. There should be something in yours even if it says not to use them.

Thanks 19 North.
 

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Just a follow up on this. I reached out to RAM and they stated tire chains are not recommended given my tire size and respective model/trim level. Just additional info for everyone.

*** RAM's response ***

Tire Chains (Traction Devices)

Use of traction devices require sufficient tire-to-body clearance. Follow these recommendations to guard against damage.

- Use “Class S” chains, or other traction aids that meet SAE Type “S” specifications.
- Traction device must be of proper size for the tire, as recommended by the traction device manufacturer.
- On 4x2 and 4x4 1500 model trucks, the use of class “S” snow chains is permitted on the rear wheels only of trucks equipped with 275/65R18 or 275/55R20 tires.

NOTE: DO NOT use tire chains on the rear wheels of 1500 model trucks equipped with 285/45R22 tires. There may not be adequate clearance for the chains and you are risking structural or body damage to your vehicle.


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Brian
 
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Thanks. This helps. The Dealer I bought my 2021 Ram 4X4 from in CA asked me to sign a statement that I could not use snow chains on my truck. When I asked to see the reason why, they said oh sorry we thought you had the 22” rims.
 

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Just a follow up on this. I reached out to RAM and they stated tire chains are not recommended given my tire size and respective model/trim level. Just additional info for everyone.

*** RAM's response ***

Tire Chains (Traction Devices)

Use of traction devices require sufficient tire-to-body clearance. Follow these recommendations to guard against damage.

- Use “Class S” chains, or other traction aids that meet SAE Type “S” specifications.
- Traction device must be of proper size for the tire, as recommended by the traction device manufacturer.
- On 4x2 and 4x4 1500 model trucks, the use of class “S” snow chains is permitted on the rear wheels only of trucks equipped with 275/65R18 or 275/55R20 tires.

NOTE: DO NOT use tire chains on the rear wheels of 1500 model trucks equipped with 285/45R22 tires. There may not be adequate clearance for the chains and you are risking structural or body damage to your vehicle.


Thanks,
Brian
Thanks -- this is great info. Seems like there are some roads in Oregon (maybe other states too?) where even 4WD vehicles with snow tires are required to carry chains, even if they aren't required to install them. Or they can have studded tires installed. Good to know beforehand that they only go on back wheels.
 

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