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How to Replace a Tire on a Riding Mower

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Overview

Lawn mowers use two types of tires. Walk-behind mowers typically have solid rubber tires, while riding lawn mowers have soft rubber tires pressurized with air--like car tires but much smaller. After the mower cuts your lawn numerous times, the tires will begin to show wear and tear just like car tires. Eventually they must be replaced. It's generally easier--and faster--to replace a tire on a riding mower than a car because of the mower's smaller tire size and equipment.

Replacing Back Tires

Step 1

Turn off the riding lawn mower. Place it into gear and engage the brake.

Step 2

Put blocks or bricks under the mower tires you won't be changing. Use the lug nut wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the tire to be changed.

Step 3

Place your jack under the lawn mower and jack it up to raise the tire off the ground. Jack the mower up until the tire is a few inches off the ground. Put the jack under a structural part of the riding lawn mower so nothing is bent or damaged.

Step 4

Loosen the lug nuts the rest of the way and take them completely off. Remove the tire from the lawn mower.

Step 5

Place the new tire on the wheel axle and screw on the lug nuts. Tighten them as far as they will go with the lug nut wrench.

Step 6

Lower the jack until the lawn mower and tire are firmly on the ground and remove the jack. Tighten the lug nuts until they are snug.

Step 7

Remove the blocks or bricks from under the other tires.

Replacing Front Tires

Step 1

Turn off the riding lawn mower. Put it into gear and engage the brake.

Step 2

Put blocks or bricks under the mower tires you won't be changing.

Step 3

Place your jack under the lawn mower and jack it up to raise the tire off the ground. Jack the mower up until the tire is a few inches off the ground.

Step 4

Remove the black rubber boot covering the spindle if the front wheels use this method of suspension. Take the rubber boot off by grabbing it with a pair of pliers and pulling it off gently.

Step 5

Take a flat-headed screwdriver and pry off the "C" clip that holds the tire to the spindle.

Step 6

Pull the tire off of the spindle. Place the new tire on the spindle and push it on.

Step 7

Place the "C" clip back into position and push it on with a flat-headed screwdriver.

Step 8

Stretch the black rubber boot over the spindle and maneuver it into place.

Step 9

Lower the jack until the riding mower tires are back on the ground. Remove the blocks or bricks from under the other tires.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Wood blocks or bricks
  • Lug nut wrench
  • Pliers
  • Flat-headed screwdriver

References

  • Lawn Mowers 123: Changing Lawn Mower Tires
  • Essortment: How to Change a Tire on a Riding Lawn Mower
Keywords: replace tire on riding mower, lug nut wrench, mower maintenance, change mower tire, wheel axle