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On what tires do you put chains for an all-wheel

On what tires do you put chains for winter driving in an all-wheel drive VW Passat?

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I would say the front , IF I was putting chains on. Not that I EVER would , I live in Canada , and we get lots of snow here. I have NEVER seen a car with chains on. (not even those useless cable chains) Winter tires , or Good all seasons are a far better solution.

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