How to Change Mower Tires

Overview

Riding mower tires can become worn or damaged during regular use. While some minor damages can be repaired with a tire sealant, if a tire has extensive damage or is worn, it will need to be replaced. When changing the tire on a riding lawnmower, be sure the mower is turned off and parked on a hard, level surface, such as a driveway.

Changing a Front Tire

Step 1

Wedge two wooden blocks on each side of the rear tire on the same side as the tire being changed.

Step 2

Place a floor jack under the front of the lawn tractor. Raise the the tractor until the tire comes 1 to 2 inches off the ground. Place jack stands under the tractor to hold it up and lower, and remove, the floor jack.

Step 3

Rotate the tire until the valve stem sits in the 5 o'clock position. Remove the tire hardware. This includes the hub cap, clip ring and washers.

Step 4

Slide the tire off the spindle. If the hard washer has come off with the tire, remove it and place it with the other hardware.

Step 5

Clean the grease fitting on the new tire with a cloth. Replace the hard washer onto the spindle.

Step 6

Install the tire hardware onto the end of the spindle. Replace the washers, clip ring and hub cap, in that order.

Step 7

Place the floor jack under the front of the tractor and raise it until it supports the weight of the tractor. Remove the jack stands and lower the floor jack. Remove the wooden blocks from the rear tire.

Changing a Rear Tire

Step 1

Wedge two wooden blocks on each side of the front tire of the same side as the tire being changed.

Step 2

Place a floor jack under the rear of the lawn tractor. Raise the tractor 1 to 2 inches from the ground and place jack stands under the rear of the tractor. Lower and remove the floor jack.

Step 3

Remove the tire hardware. This includes the hub cab, e-ring and washers.

Step 4

Slide the tire off the axle, along with the hard washer and spacer. If the axle key has come off with tire, remove it from the tire, wipe off the old anti-seize and set aside with the other hardware.

Step 5

Apply fresh anti-seize to the rear axle. Use your finger to spread it evenly over the axle.

Step 6

Install the hard washer and spacer back on the axle. Slide the new tire onto the axle and rotate the tire to align the axle key slots on the axle and tire. Insert the axle key into the slot.

Step 7

Install the washers, e-ring and hub cap back onto the end of the axle.

Step 8

Place the floor jack under the rear of the tractor and raise it until it supports the tractor's weight. Remove the jack stands and lower the floor jack. Remove the wooden blocks from the front tire.

Tips and Warnings

  • When removing the tire washers, note how they are facing when on the spindle or axle. Set them down with the outside facing up. This will ensure you replace them in the proper way.

Things You'll Need

  • Two wooden blocks
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Cloth
  • Anti-seize (for rear tires)

References

  • Manage My Life: Fix Your Lawn Tractor Tire

Who Can Help

  • Bob Vila: How to Care for a Riding Lawn Mower
Keywords: changing mower tire, riding mower tires, replace mower tire

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