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Is it true Metris vans can't use tire chains? I read this in the OM a couple years ago which stopped me from buying one (BTW... dealer did not mention this when trying to close the deal... I had to tell him!) Maybe things have changed?
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You are mistaken, you can use snow chains and as usual in any case only on the rear wheel drive
Page 270 In Owners Manual
Snow chains
WARNING
If snow chains are installed to the front
wheels, they may drag against the vehicle
body or chassis components. This could
cause damage to the vehicle or the tires.
There is a risk of an accident.
To avoid hazardous situations:
Rnever install snow chains to the front
wheels
Ralways install snow chains in pairs to the
rear wheels.
G WARNING
If you drive too fast with snow chains mounted,
they may snap. As a result, you could
injure others and damage the vehicle. There is
a risk of an accident.
Observe the maximum permissible speed for
operation with snow chains.
Observe the country-specific laws and regulations
for operation with snow chains.
! Check the snow chains for damage before
mounting them. Damaged or worn snow
chains may snap and damage the following
components:
Rwheel
Rwheel housing
Rwheel suspension
For this reason, you must use only snow
chains that are free of defects. Observe the
manufacturer's mounting instructions.
! Vehicles with steel wheels: if you mount
snow chains on steel wheels, you may damage
the hub caps. Remove the hub caps from
the relevant wheels before mounting the
snow chains.
Snow chains increase traction on roads in wintry
conditions.
For safety reasons, Mercedes-Benz recommends
that you only use snow chains or traction
aids which have been approved for Mercedes-
Benz vehicles. The snow chains or traction aids
must be of class U or meet the SAE type U
specification.
Information about snow chains can be obtained
from any Mercedes-Benz Commercial Van Center.
When mounting snow chains, please bear the
following points in mind:
RSnow chains cannot be mounted on all
wheel/tire combinations. When mounting the
snow chains, note the permissible tire and
snow chain dimensions. Observe the restrictions
on the use of snow chains under
"Wheel/tire combinations" (Y page 291).
RMount snow chains only in pairs and only to
the rear wheels. Observe the manufacturer's
mounting instructions.
ROnly use snow chains when the road is covered
by a layer of snow. Remove the snow
chains as soon as possible when you come to
a road that is not snow-covered.
RThe use of snow chains may be restricted by
local regulations. Observe the appropriate
regulations before mounting snow chains.
RWhen driving with snow chains installed, do
not exceed the maximum permissible speed
of 30 mph (50 km/h).
RCheck the tension of the chains after a distance
of approximately 0.5 miles (1.0 km).
You may wish to deactivate ESP® when pulling
away with snow chains installed (Y page 64).
This allows the wheels to spin in a controlled
manner, achieving
 

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Well, not exactly mistaken, right?

RE: "If snow chains are installed to the front wheels, they may drag against the vehicle
body or chassis components. This could cause damage to the vehicle or the tires. There is a risk of an accident.
To avoid hazardous situations: never install snow chains to the front wheels..."

Thanks for the clarification, though.
 

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Why would you install chains to wheels with no power to them? Did you ever watch Ice Road Truckers? Did you ever see them put chains on the front, Non Drive Power Wheels? Not. M.B. put that in the manual for liability reasons like a lot of manufacturers have had to do for people who do not know better. Chains are for loss of traction not steering. If you have lived up north for any extended period you would never see chains on the non powered wheels.
 

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This is copy and pasted directly from WIKI if you search "Snow Chains"

Snow chains, or tire chains, are devices fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice. Snow chains attach to the drive wheels of a vehicle
 

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Why would you install chains to wheels with no power to them? Did you ever watch Ice Road Truckers? Did you ever see them put chains on the front, Non Drive Power Wheels? Not. M.B. put that in the manual for liability reasons like a lot of manufacturers have had to do for people who do not know better. Chains are for loss of traction not steering. If you have lived up north for any extended period you would never see chains on the non powered wheels.
if you live up north you have 4x4 and chain on all four :)
 
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