2017 Ford F-150 Owners Manual - Using Snow Chains

Using Snow Chains

WARNING   WARNING:  Snow tires must be the same size, load index and 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 control, vehicle rollover, personal injury and death. Additionally, the use of non-recommended tires and wheels can cause steering, suspension, axle, transfer case or power transfer unit failure. Follow the Ford recommended tire inflation pressure found on the Safety Compliance Certification Label (on the door hinge pillar, door latch post or the door edge that meets the door latch post, next to the driver seat), or Tire Label on the B-Pillar or the edge of the driver door. Failure to follow the tire pressure recommendations can cause uneven treadwear patterns and adversely affect the way your vehicle handles.

Note:   The suspension insulation and bumpers will help prevent vehicle damage. Do not remove these components from your vehicle when using snow tires and chains.
The tires on your vehicle have all-weather treads to provide traction in rain and snow. However, in some climates, you may need to use snow tires and cables. If you need to use cables, it is recommended that steel wheels (of the same size and specifications) be used, as cables may chip aluminum wheels.
Follow these guidelines when using snow tires and chains:
  • If possible, avoid fully loading your vehicle.
  • Conventional link type chains may contact and cause damage to the vehicle's wheel house and/or body.
  • Do not install chains on the front tires as this may interfere with suspension components.
  • Only certain snow cables or chains have been approved by Ford/Lincoln as safe for use on your vehicle with the following tires: 245/70R17, LT245/70R17, 265/70R17 and 265/60R18.
  • You should install snow cables or chains that have been rated as SAE Class S.
  • Install chains securely, verifying that the chains do not touch any wiring, brake lines, or fuel lines.
  • Do not exceed 48 km/h or less if recommended by the chain manufacturer while using snow chains.
  • Drive cautiously. If you hear the chains rub or bang against your vehicle, stop and retighten the chains. If this does not work, remove the chains to prevent damage to your vehicle.
  • Remove the tire chains when they are no longer needed. Do not use tire chains on dry roads.
  • Purchase chains or cables from a manufacturer that clearly labels body to tire dimension restrictions. The snow chains or cables must be mounted in pairs on the rear tires only.
If you have any questions regarding snow chains or cables, please contact your authorized dealer.

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