Removing lawn mower tires can be a pain. The process is fairly straightforward. A Craftsman riding lawn mower's tires are tubeless which mean they can be removed much like a car's tire. However, the bead of lawn mower tires often become stuck to the rim. But with a little elbow grease and determination even stubborn lawn mower tires can be successfully removed.
Park the Craftsman riding lawn mower on a flat, concrete surface. Turn the engine off and remove the key from the ignition.
Lift the tire off of the ground a few inches. Place a jack near the tire that you intend to remove. Before you lift the mower, check to make sure that the jack makes secure contact with the bottom of the mower's frame.
Unscrew the axle cover. Then slide off the retaining ring and the washers. If you are removing the rear tire, you will also need to align the grooves in the hub and axle and insert the square key that came with your Craftsman riding lawn mower.
Pull the rim and the tire off the axle and place it on the ground with the outside of the rim facing upward.
Release the air from the tire. Use your finger or your flat head screwdriver to press against the side of the valve until all of the air escapes.
Pull the tire off of the rim. First, separate the bead from the rim of the tire by pressing down on the bead with your flat head screwdriver around the circumference. Then, attempt to pull the top bead over the rim lip. If this is difficult, use the screwdriver to give you some leverage. Finally, pull the bottom bead over the top rim lip.