Don’t be with­out your ve­hi­cle chains this win­ter

When shop­ping for chains, it pays to con­sider the fol­low­ing...

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Where are you driv­ing? What fits your ve­hi­cle? How easy are the chains to fit? Sho­tover En­gi­neer­ing stocks two types of chains and can find some­thing to fit al­most any ve­hi­cle. Each set of chains sold are fit­ted to the ve­hi­cle to dou­ble check they are the cor­rect size and the cus­tomer is shown how to cor­rectly fit them too. For the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple driv­ing in the lo­cal area and ac­cess­ing the ski fields, we would rec­om­mend our Pewag quick­fit di­a­mond pat­tern chain. They are easy and quick to fit and the di­a­mond pat­tern of chain across the tyre pro­vides an al­most con­tin­u­ous point of con­tact be­tween the chain/tyre and road. This min­imises the slip and then grip that can be ex­pe­ri­enced with a straight cross­bar chain. Th­ese chains come in two weights to suit ei­ther cars or utes. Pewag is a qual­ity Aus­trian brand and Sho­tover En­gi­neer­ing has been sell­ing them with con­fi­dence for 15 years. Some ve­hi­cles have min­i­mal clear­ance be­tween tyre and car body and will need a slightly dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ist chain. The Ice­breaker lad­der chains are ide­ally suited to deep snow ( and/or mud) e.g, un­ploughed roads or farm work. Al­though the chain is chunkier and gives the ap­pear­ance of be­ing heavy duty, it is softer chain than used on quick­fits and will not last as long if driven on roads. Th­ese chains come in vary­ing thick­nesses and take a lit­tle more time and ef­fort to fit. The price of chains can seem pro­hib­i­tive to some peo­ple but when com­pared to your in­sur­ance ex­cess or a bill from the panel beat­ers, it’s re­ally a no-brainer. Don’t be caught un­pre­pared, come in and see us early! If you al­ready own a set of chains, now is the time to get them out, check them over and fa­mil­iarise your­self with how they fit. Bet­ter to do this at home, be­fore you are kneel­ing in the snow try­ing to re­mem­ber how to fit them and then dis­cover that your new tyres are a dif­fer­ent size…. Sho­tover En­gi­neer­ing is the long­est serv­ing en­gi­neer­ing work­shop in the Wakatipu Basin and stocks a wide va­ri­ety of spare snow chain parts. The work­shop also car­ries out re­pairs to snowchains.

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