snow chains for a 2003 VUE

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by cathy, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. cathy

    cathy Guest

    I have a 2003 VUE, 6cyl AWD. I need to get snow chains but the owners
    manual says "If your Saturn has P235/65R16 size tires, don't use tire
    chains. Use another type of traction device...."

    Well, I checked and that's exactly what size tires I have on my VUE.

    So what is the type of "traction device" I need to get for my VUE?
    What is the proper name and where do I look for it?

    cathy, Nov 6, 2003
  2. cathy

    Jeff Guest

    They call them something like spider grip or something like that they mount
    on the center of the hub and have plates with traction nubs on them you can
    get them or at least the name of them at the dealer
    Jeff, Nov 6, 2003
  3. Why would some one want chains on a AWD vehicle? Where do you live?

    Paul Dougherty, Nov 7, 2003
  4. cathy

    cathy Guest

    I live in Southern California. BUT I have to drive to Seattle next
    week. I will travel up the I5, which goes through the Cascades in
    Southern Oregon. There are several hight mountain passes that get a
    lot of snow in the winter, most spectacularly the Siskiyou Pass.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation has warnings posted that
    travellers on the I5 must carry chains or traction tires under the
    current weather conditions. They don't differentiate between a
    passenger sedan and an AWD vehicle. They simply say "must carry

    cathy, Nov 7, 2003
  5. Here in San Diego, and at certain times of the year, the Highway Patrol will
    not let you in certain mountain communities without chains regardless if
    your rig is AWD or not.
    Jonnie Santos, Nov 8, 2003
  6. Oh I see. Thanks. Did not know about that. Never been to an area like that.

    Paul Dougherty, Nov 9, 2003
  7. Paul Dougherty, Nov 9, 2003
  8. Well I'm clueless on the VUE, however pre-VUE, S and ION we could not use
    chains on S Series Saturn's.

    So this is a new one on me and thanks for the link - typically S Series use
    something called 'Spiders' and are more expensive than conventional chains.
    I'm not sure what the dealer carries, and I found this link too:
    Jonnie Santos, Nov 9, 2003
  9. Do studded snow tires count as "traction tires"?
    Jeff McDonald, Nov 10, 2003
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