Re: [MV] Tire chains on a 5 ton or a 2 1/2 ton

Joe Foley (
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 16:19:44 -0800 (PST)

---Dr Deuce 264-0909 wrote:
> The rears on an American mil 10 wheeler are in all wheel drive all
the time.
> The 8 tires (or the 4 that are touching the ground) should be of
the same size
> to within 1/4" diameter as I recall from the manual. Puting chains
on one axle
> would be a mistake IMHO.
You raise a valid point for a truck driven on hard surfaces or dry
pavement where there is no slippage between the wheels. But if chains
are neccessary then this may not be a concern.

Running chains on the middle axle may be better than running them on
both rear axles if the road surface is alternating between packed snow
and bare pavement because the rear-rear axle can slip more without the
chains on it.

This is a matter of operator judgement to decide what is required.
And to match his ability and equipment to the conditions, which can
vary by the hour.

Of course, that's the difference between a good operator and a driver.

Joe F.

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