Riding Mower Tire Repair

Overview

A tire low in air can have an impact on the way your entire lawn appears. Flat or leaking tires cause the mower deck to sit at a slanted angle. This causes lawn scorch and burn during mowing. Inspect the tires before each mowing session to prevent this unnecessary burn and damage to your lawn. Keep an eye out for cuts and nicks in the tire as well as tires that are low in air. Replace worn out tires with new ones or patch those with a pesky leak for an economical way to keep your mower running its best.

Step 1

Park the mower on a flat, level surface. Engage the parking brake to prevent the mower from moving during repair. Place a jack under the mower, lifting the tire that needs repaired. Follow the directions for the jack, placing a block of wood under the mower on each side of the jack as a safety precaution.

Step 2

Remove the rubber boot covering the center of the tire. Grip the boot with pliers and pull it from the tire. Place a flat-blade screwdriver against the uncovered C-clip in the center of the tire. Grip one end of the C-clip with the pliers to prevent it from flying once it is pulled off. Pry the C-clip loose with the flat-blade screwdriver, removing the C-clip from the tire.

Step 3

Pull the tire from the spindle. Have the tire patched and repaired at a local auto or lawn service station.

Step 4

Replace the tire onto the spindle. Re-attach the C-clip, pushing it into place in the tire center. Replace the rubber boot onto the C-clip. Push firmly until the entire C-clip is covered.

Step 5

Remove the wood blocks from under the mower. Lower the jack, allowing the tires to touch the ground. Roll the jack from under the mower and store away.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • 2 wood blocks
  • Pliers
  • Flat-blade screwdriver

References

  • John Deere: Product Manuals
  • Lawn Mania: Lawnmowers Tires, Types and Tips
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About this Author

Christina Wheeler has been a professional freelance writer since 2007. She lends her expertise in animal care, gardening and home improvement to online publications such as Garden Guides and eHow. Wheeler studied business management at Ohio University.