How to Install Snow Cable Chains on 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman
2010 MINI Cooper Clubman (non S)
(Will probably apply to all
2nd generation MINI hatchback and MINI Clubman '07+ with same rims and
tires. You will need to verify all information here for your particular
For OEM stock 15" rims and all season radial tires. Size: 175/65 R15 (not RUNFLAT'S)
This instruction may or may not be suitable for other rims or tire sizes. I have never driven on these chains myself.
Check your owners manual, rim size, and tire size, and chain brand/model instructions carefully.
Quality Chain Corp. -Lightning Cable-
Stock Number A1022 Purchased at Autozone for about $60.00 (A1022 Autozone link)
Comes with bag and instructions.
This model will fit several different rim sizes and tire sizes - check first.
These are split type diagonal cable chains. They are nice
because they can be installed without having to roll or move the car
chains during installation.
Cables in bag will fit nicely in the spare tire/ tool tray area of my Clubman. Don't know about the hatchback?
Step 1: Orientation (Drivers side shown)
Note that the cable sets are identical so grab either one to start with.
This is FYI as it is not important to remember. As long as you have them oriented as described above, you will be OK:
- Lay out flat
- The 'split' section of the cable near the center MUST be oriented out toward you.
- Make sure the protrusions on the 'L' shaped connection brackets are
There is also This Side - Tire Side etched on the back side of some of the bracket parts. You should be able to read that (if it's not a dark and stormy night).
If wrong side is up then the brackets will poke into and possibly damage the rim and/or tire.
For the driver side - The long end with the adjustment nubs will be toward the FRONT of the car.
For the passenger side - The long end with the adjustment nubs will be toward the REAR of the car.
Step 2: Positioning
Slide the cable assembly around the back side of the tire, the split section around the contact point.
Step 3: Connect inside cable
Start to pull cables up around the tire.
It was helpful to me to temporarily connect the 'split' cable at bottom front side.
Connect the inside cable connector
Step 4: Adjustment and connection
Work cable around the tire evenly
- Connect upper and lower cables to the 'L' brackets.
- Adjust as tight as you can by pulling the top cable though 'L' bracket as many notched as you can.
Step 5: Install tensioner
Slide the small clip over the end of the excess cable to keep it from whipping around.
Attach tensioner to each of the 7 cable sections
- Completed Install - Drivers side
Passenger side install is same as Driver side - Only difference is
that when you first lay out the cable assembly, the long cable end with the adjustment nubs will be towards the rear of
the car instead of the front.
Just remember 'L' brackets go down and 'split' section out.
(If the cable is installed with the 'L' Bracket protrusions up then they will dig into the tire and/or rim)