How to Remove Lawn Mower Tires

Overview

Lawn mowers make quick work of mowing your lawn. During an average summer, you'll use your lawn mower twenty hours or more, depending on the size of your yard and the climate you live in. Whether your lawn mower is gas powered or electric, service it every spring for years of reliable use. Most mowers need regular cleaning and lubricating. Sharpen the blade at least once every season. Lubricate the wheel gears if required at least once per season, and replace wheels when they become worn. Store your lawn mower in a dry shed when not in use.

Step 1

Turn off the mower and allow the blade to stop spinning before attempting to remove the wheel.

Step 2

Turn the lawn mower on its side on a flat, level surface.

Step 3

Slide the screwdriver under the cap covering the bolt (if the tire has one) and carefully pop it off.

Step 4

Loosen the nut on the inside of the tire by turning it in a counterclockwise motion with the crescent or box wrench. Remove the nut and put it in your pocket for safekeeping.

Step 5

Slide the bolt off the axle and put it in your pocket as well. Slide the tire off the axle and set it aside.

Step 6

Replace the tire on the axle. Reassemble by sliding the bolt through the wheel. Place the nut on the bolt on the interior side of the tire and tighten with a crescent or box wrench.

Step 7

Turn the lawn mower over to the other side to access the other wheels if necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear shoes and long pants when operating your lawn mower. Pick up sticks and rocks from your lawn before operation. Don't put hands or feet near the wheels of the lawn mower while the machine is operating. Stay aware of children's whereabouts when using your lawn mower. Instruct them to stay away from the lawn mower.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Crescent or box wrench

References

  • Manuals Online: Craftsman Mulching Mower
  • Manuals Online: Toro 22 Inch Recycler Lawn Mower

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University Horticulture Department: Mowing
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About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.