WHEN TO USE SNOW TIRES OR CHAINS
Snow tires or chains are recommended when driving on snow or ice.
On wet or dry roads, conventional tires provide better traction than snow tires.
SNOW TIRE SELECTION
If you need snow tires, select tires of the same size, construction and load capacity as the originally installed tires.
Do not use tires other than those mentioned above. Do not install studded tires without first checking local regulations for possible restrictions.
SNOW TIRE INSTALLATION
Installing snow tires on the front wheels only can lead to an excessive difference in road grip capability between the front and rear tires which could cause loss of vehicle control.
When storing removed tires you should store them in a cool dry place.
Mark the direction of rotation and be sure to install them in the same direction when replacing.
Do not use snow tires other than the manufacturer's recommended size, as this may cause dangerous handling characteristics resulting in loss of control. Otherwise, an accident may occur resulting in death or serious injuries.
• Do not drive with the snow tires incorrectly inflated.
• Never drive over 120 km/h (75 mph) with any type of snow tires.
TIRE CHAIN SELECTION
Use the tire chains of correct size and type.
Use SAE Class "S" type radial tire chains except radial cable chains or V-bar type chains.
Regulations regarding the use of tire chains vary according to location or type of road, so always check local regulations before installing chains.
Install the chains on the front tires as tightly as possible. Do not use tire chains on the rear tires. Retighten chains after driving 0.5—1.0 km (1/4—1/2 mile).
When installing chains on your tires, carefully follow the instructions of the chain manufacturer.
If wheel covers are used, they will be scratched by the chain band, so remove the covers before putting on the chains.
• Do not exceed 50 km/h (30 mph) or the chain manufacturer's recommended speed limit, whichever is lower.
• Drive carefully avoiding bumps, holes, and sharp turns, which may cause the vehicle to bounce.
• Avoid sharp turns or locked-wheel braking, as use of chains may adversely affect vehicle handling.
• When driving with chains installed, be sure to drive carefully. Slow down before entering curves to avoid losing control of the vehicle. Otherwise an accident may occur.
Do not attempt to use a tire chain on the compact spare tire, as it may result in damage to the vehicle as well as the tire.
WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR WHEELS
If you have wheel damage such as bending, cracks or heavy corrosion, the wheel should be replaced.
If you fail to replace a damaged wheel, the tire may slip off the wheel or they may cause loss of handling control.
When replacing wheels, care should be taken to ensure that the wheels are replaced by ones with the same load capacity, diameter, rim width, and offset.
This must be observed on compact spare tires, too.
Correct replacement wheels are available at your Toyota dealer.
A wheel of a different size or type may adversely affect handling, wheel and bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer/odometer calibration, stopping ability, headlight aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance, and tire or snow chain clearance to the body and chassis.
Replacement with used wheels is not recommended as they may have been subjected to rough treatment or high mileage and could fail without warning. Also, bent wheels which have been straightened may have structural damage and therefore should not be used. Never use an inner tube in a leaking wheel which is designed for a tubeless tire.
Do not use wheels other than the manufacturer's recommended size, as this may cause dangerous handling characteristics resulting in loss of control. Otherwise, an accident may occur resulting in death or serious injuries.
Aluminum wheel precautions
• When installing aluminum wheels, check that the wheel nuts are tight after driving your vehicle the first 1600 km (1000 miles).
• If you have rotated, repaired, or changed your tires, check that the wheel nuts are still tight after driving 1600 km (1000 miles).
• When using tire chains, be careful not to damage the aluminum wheels.
• Use only Toyota wheel nuts and wrench designed for your aluminum wheels.
• When balancing your wheels, use only Toyota balance weights or equivalent and a plastic or rubber hammer.
• As with any wheel, periodically check your aluminum wheels for damage. If damaged, replace immediately.
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