How to Change a Tire on a Craftsman Lawn Tractor


Craftsman has been a trademark of Sears since 1927. Its earliest tool production was geared toward the farming industry. Today, Craftsman has expanded its line of tools to include lawn care equipment such as lawn tractors. Craftsman lawn tractors are popular among home owners and commercial lawn companies alike. Most lawn tractors have a tire size between 20 and 24 inches, depending on the size of the machine. Changing the tire on a Craftsman lawn tractor is similar to changing a tire on an automobile.

Step 1

Park your lawn tractor on a hard, level surface such as a driveway or parking lot. Engage the break.

Step 2

Position the floor jack beneath the frame at the rear of the mower and center it.

Step 3

Place a properly sized socket on the impact wrench, and slightly loosen each lug nut on the tire being removed.

Step 4

Use the floor jack to raise the rear end of the mower until the tire is approximately 3 inches off the ground.

Step 5

Use the impact wrench to remove each lug nut. Carefully pull the tire off the mower.

Step 6

Mount the new tire onto the hub by lining up the holes in the rim with the threaded studs on the hub.

Step 7

Replace the lug nuts, and hand-tighten each one by turning it clockwise.

Step 8

Using the impact wrench, briefly tighten each lug nut. Lower the mower to the ground by releasing the floor jack. Tighten each nut snugly in a crisscross pattern using the impact wrench.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not get under the mower while it is jacked up.

Things You'll Need

  • New tire mounted on rim
  • Floor jack
  • Impact wrench
  • Appropriately sized socket
  • Lug nut wrench


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