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    Default FWD 2012 Chevy Captiva & Chains - "Traction Aids"

    So I learned I bought one of these Front Wheel Drive Chevy Captiva LT's while I was overseas contracting in Iraq earlier this year.
    We were looking for something to replace our 2006 Nissan Altima. I was hoping for something AWD like a Volvo or Subaru and something that we could trade the Altima for and pay cash for the balance - used. The wife went car shopping and bought this fantastic vehicle - got 9K for the Altima and another car payment. I learned about it after the fact...

    What am I'm gonna do?

    I guess if anyone asks me the question... is that rental car? I'll say...

    "it sure is!"


    Now that I'm home I've been driving this car (ute) around south central Missouri and find it handles pretty good on pavement.
    Good acceleration with the V6, comfortable, handles the curves and hills well, I like the leather heated seats, and the sunroof.

    That was all fine a good till we got Snow & Ice.

    We got gravel county roads, hills, and lots of curves here in the Ozark Mountains. Went to Christmas party off a gravel road in the valley of 2 mile + long hills.
    There was snow and ice on the ground and we were unable to get up the hills in this Fantastic FWD Chevy Captiva. Friends of ours had to tow us up to the paved highway with their 4x4 Toyota Tacoma.

    Our experience was very similar to this:


    So the question is...

    What chains will fit this useless 2012 Front Wheel Drive Chevy Captiva?

    I note the the owner manual says not to use tires chains instead it recommends "Tire Traction Devices."
    That's not very helpful. What's a tire traction device?

    Looking on-line, I think I'm going to buy a pair of these S-Class minimum tire clearance snow chains:

    http://www.etrailer.com/Tire-Chains/...id=20121239485

    Wheel wells be damned we got hills in these parts.

    Any thoughts?

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    I think the tire "Cables" are what they want you to use, I dont see a problem with chains though.
    2012 Chevy Captiva Sport LT V6 (The Spanish Prison)

    MODS:

    Cobra 19 Ultra II CB and some generic CB antenna.
    55W 10000K HID High Beams (just to remind the wonderful citizens of Hampton that their High Beams are on)

    Upcoming mods:

    [_] Exhaust [_]Subwoofers [_]More HID's [_]LED's [_]MORE LIGHTS!!! [_]Carr Light Bar w/ 3 or 4 in round off-road lights. [_]Black out Badges [_]Black out exhaust tips [_]Black out imitation skid plates on front and rear [_]Hopefully find a way to keep fogs, low beams, and high beams on at the same time

    Jason

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    I ordered a pair of cables.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Knowing how things like this go, I'll never need them again. Going with better to have and not need than need and not have.
    Then again look at Atlanta.

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    Havent had too many issues here since the white death came. Slid around a little bit, but you just have to have your witts about you. speed up on long downhill straights so you can get up the next hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaro69car View Post
    Havent had too many issues here since the white death came. Slid around a little bit, but you just have to have your witts about you. speed up on long downhill straights so you can get up the next hill.
    That was the problem I was starting out at the bottom of the mile long hill. I'd recommend anyone that owns one of these FWD Mini-vans, in an area that might get snow, invest in some chains or cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drobs View Post
    Wheel wells be damned we got hills in these parts.
    I'm glad this is the way you feel, because I suspect you will lose a fender liner.

    Keep in mind, that front drive assemblies are not as strong as rear drive diff. I suspect diff, or axle damage maybe in your future.

    Have you considered snow tires with studs?
    Ray

    '09 Avalanche LTZ - Black
    '05 Envoy XL (sold)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayVoy View Post
    I'm glad this is the way you feel, because I suspect you will lose a fender liner.

    Keep in mind, that front drive assemblies are not as strong as rear drive diff. I suspect diff, or axle damage maybe in your future.

    Have you considered snow tires with studs?

    From this recent learning experience, if there is snow on the ground, we're taking the Nissan 4x4 Frontier. Screw this useless mini-van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drobs View Post
    From this recent learning experience, if there is snow on the ground, we're taking the Nissan 4x4 Frontier. Screw this useless mini-van.
    Haha, good choice, we do the same with Mrs RayVoy's front drive Saturn. It stays home, the truck goes out.

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    Here's the Captiva's front recovery point for anyone that's interested:
    Think I'll add a trail hitch to get a rear point.


    While checking out the spare tire area. I found this handy dandy divider net with buckles that fit those tracks in the cargo area.




    And a car picture:

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    SCC Z6 SZ143 cables installed:


    Bottom of hill:


    Top of hill:


    Still have to turn off the traction control. Not sure what the point of that is.

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