How do I put chains on a Toyota Corolla?

I moved to Boise for a new job, but I never thought about how harsh the winters are. I want to go hiking in the snow, but to get to more remote areas, I need to put snow chains on my car. How can I put chains on my Toyota Corolla?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Although a
Toyota Corolla
lacks four-wheel drive and isn’t exactly a snow beast, it’s still formidable enough to tackle some snowy terrain if you have snow chains.
To put chains on a Toyota Corolla, follow these steps:
  • Since your Toyota Corolla is front-wheel drive, the chains go on the front tires.
  • Make sure the car is in park. Pull the emergency brake just to make sure.
  • Untangle your chains by holding them from the plastic coating on the outer edge.
  • Make sure the hooks on the chains are facing away from the car so they don’t damage the tires.
  • Lay the chains on the ground and push them behind the tire.
  • Once you center the chain, grab both ends of the chain and bring them up over the tire.
  • Connect the cable at the top.
  • Connect the hooks on the edge of the chain to the central parts of the chain. Typically, both the hook and the link you connect it to are a vibrant color.
  • Run the bottom portion of the chain through the chain guide and pull to tighten.
  • Once the chains are secured, drive forward about 20 feet to settle the chains in place.
  • Tighten the chains as necessary.
Practice makes perfect when you’re putting on snow chains, so you might want to practice in your garage before you head out into the wilderness.
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