How-To Video: Installing Snow Chains On Tesla Model S


Tesla Model S With Snow Chains

Tesla Model S With Snow Chains

It’s that time of year where snow tires and even snow chains are getting installed in preparation for winter.

Though listed as “sold out” right now, these Trak Sport snow chains are the approved chains for the Tesla Model S.

Video description:

“This video will show you how to install the Trak Sport snow chains on a Tesla Model S.”

“You can purchase them from Tesla here

Here’s the info on the Trak Sport chains sold by Tesla (note: chains are currently sold out):

$ 400.00

Sold Out

TESLA PN: 1052776-00-A

The Trak Sport snow chain provides excellent traction and durability in snowy conditions. New, upgraded design simply requires one fixing point on the outer side of the drive wheels rather than complex attachments to the inner side.

Features chain construction with 3 mm diameter cross-section links in high alloy steel.

Comes packaged in an easy-carry nylon protective bag with Tesla installation guide for the perfect fit.

Chains should only be installed on the rear wheels of the Model S and only on 19″ tires.

The use of non-recommended tire chains has been shown to cause suspension and other vehicle damage.

*Note: The snow chains include one pair of chains for two wheels.

This item can only be shipped to customers with a North American address.

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7 Comments on "How-To Video: Installing Snow Chains On Tesla Model S"

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Gee, on a Tesla I expected this to be simpler: just be a toggle on the touch screen that controls chains on/off.


The Thule Easy-Fit snow chains are much quicker and easier to put on and take off. Does anyone on here use these snow chains?

Used a set of wire tire chains that were previously sold for $95 on Tesla’s web site to get across the Sierras from Reno to Sacramento last week on Christmas Day on our MS85 with 19″ wheels.

The chains were a bit loose, so used a pair of tire chain tensioners (which are a big rubber o-ring with hooks to attach to the chains) to pull the chains tight.

The tensioners are sold by Glacier Chains (Stock #100) and about $5 for a set.

Without the tensioners the chains were hitting something on the underside of the car.

Hmm…I also have those old chains…they are alleged to have eaten into (and through!) some aluminum suspension components on some cars – but they say not to use tensioners. In spite of that warning, you may have found the solution for using them safely…

The tensioners were recommended by a tow truck operator in the area. Keeping speed below 25 mph is also important.

Snow chains are terrible, damage the roads. Why the hell do people not use snow socks instead?

You’re joking, right?