Chains broke while driving.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by chmpbt, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

    Nov 14, 2017
    I can not understand the thinking on super singles, every skinny tire I ever had has cut through the snow or rain while giving traction, when I tried them fat tires because they were cool I hydroplaned so much I tore those back off and decided not to be cool. Then having nothing beside when things go south or bad seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
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  2. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    We had the same experience with super singles. The drivers said that they were miserable to drive on snow. We never tried them on our off-road trucks, just the highway rigs.We ran a couple of sets for awhile and went back to duals.

    As far as chains go we've been using Pewags for several years. They're expensive but they last better than anything else we've tried.
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  3. Toomanybikes

    Toomanybikes Road Train Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Quality snow chains never break from being to tight. Chinesium?

    You most likely have a twist bound and broke the chain. Don't store them right, and singles, super or not, will twist up bind and break. Many drivers don't make the effort to untwist them before putting them on.
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  4. ladr

    ladr Road Train Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Chains? Snow? Ice?

    You fellars keep on talking dirty and I will be forced to report y'all. :p
  5. Grubby

    Grubby Medium Load Member

    Aug 30, 2016
    Fostoria Ohio
    This thread makes me all warm and fuzzy feelin, just cause I aint gotta throw iron in the miserable cold snow!
  6. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    california norte
    Apply the bungies *between* the crosslinks. If you put the bungie *in line* with the cross links the chances of a chain breaking go astronomical.
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  7. Oxbow

    Oxbow Road Train Member

    Nov 24, 2015
    Assuming that they are not twisted speed is the biggest problem. Getting and keeping them tight is next.

    It is hard to run 25 mph for 50 miles, but chains just won't last long at higher speeds. As previously mentioned, most of the time chains are required one ends up running on bare roads some, and the beating of the cross links against the pavement causes tremendous wear on the metal. Add loose chains and the wear is accelerated.
    In my opinion you cannot get chains too tight.
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  8. J Man

    J Man Light Load Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    Middle of nowhere
    Chains break. And a super single vs a regular single means more metal length in the crosslink, so more metal under strain and more metal whipping around when it breaks. It is likely you didn't do anything that caused it to break but here is some advice I was given on chains, all of which has probably already been mentioned:

    - Keep them tight, not flopping around, and avoid spinning them if you can help it. And hook your tails down so they don't bust up your fenders. ;)
    - Once you have the chains on the tire and you are ready to fasten the hooks, make sure you tug and shake the chains around a bit. Sometimes you'll have links that are bound up on each other or twisted or caught and they won't shift when you tighten them up but as soon as you hit the roads they straighten out and now you have loose chains.
    - Check them for signs of wear after use and when they do wear down either toss them or replace the worn parts. Once they start wearing they will continue to wear down quicker.
    - Keep your speed down if you can. Anything over 20 - 25 mph on most roads makes short work of chains.
    - This is debatable but I try to run them on a cushion of snow instead of bare road when possible/practical. On flats where one lane is plowed I'll run in the non-plowed lane if I'm chained up as long as it is safe to do so, before running them on bare road.
    - Store them on a chain hanger if you have one so you can keep them dressed and easy to put on. I hate pulling out chains that are in a pile or bag. It turns a 10 minute job into an hour job fighting tangled chains.
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  9. J Man

    J Man Light Load Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    Middle of nowhere
    Drove a heavy duty body mount with massive front tires. Like driving on balloons. In snow/mud you could only steer in reverse and when going over mud you could hear the air getting trapped under the tires and smacking loudly as it finally made it out from under them. Was happy to get out of that truck. I'll take skinny tires thanks.
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  10. RedRover

    RedRover Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2016
    Corsicana, TX
    Did you exceed 20-30mph?
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