How to Maintain Lawn Mower Tires


Caring for lawn mower tires will increase the life of your lawn mower. The types of tires depend on your make and model of the lawn mower. Most common are rib ties that are designed to minimize damage to the turf of the landscape. Another popular choice is the classic TX which has more traction and used in a heavier duty lawn mower or lawn tractor. Both the classic TX or rib ties lawn mower tires require the same level of care and maintenance.

Step 1

Rotate in an X the same-sized tires. Remove the lug nuts, jack the lawn mower up and remove the tire.

Step 2

Place the tire on the other tire post using a X-rotated system, the bolt pattern will point in the opposite direction as when you originally removed it. Use the lug wrench to tighten the tire in position and lower the lawn mower from the jack. This tire rotation should be done at 250 hours or when the tread is at 50 percent wear.

Step 3

Check the condition of the tires during idle periods, such as winter. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure in the tires and deflate or inflate based on the specifications for that type of tire. The air pressure specifications are usually on the side of the tire.

Step 4

Use the air compressor to bring the tire pressure up to the specified levels, as stated on the side of the tire or in the owner's manual. If the pressure is at the right level, inflating or deflating is not necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful when jacking up a lawn mower. The tire just needs to clear the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Air compressor
  • Tire pressure gauge


  • The Mower In Winter

Who Can Help

  • Lawn: Mower Tire Types and Tips
Keywords: lawn mower, tire care, riding lawn mower

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