Do It Yourself Repair: How To Change A Tire On A Riding Lawn Mower

Riding lawn mowers sometimes need some maintenance, and changing a tire is part of that routine. Find out the basics for changing a hard rubber or air - filled tire by reading this article!

Did you know that, if the cut on your riding lawn mower is uneven, then the mower deck is probably not level? And, the problem could be because one or two of the air - filled tires on your mower are low. The problem is easy to remedy though, as all you have to do is to check the air pressure in each tire to make sure they are filled up to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Most push mowers have hard rubber tires on the front, as well as on the back. Some smaller - sized riding lawn mowers have hard rubber tires, mainly on the front. Hard rubber tires are not filled with air, and they don't require much maintenance. If you pick up a nail, for example, in a rubber tire, it won't hurt it at all. You don't normally have to replace them either, unless the tread is worn down from hours of lawn mowing.

Another difference between air - filled and hard rubber tires is the quality of the ride for the operator of the riding lawn mower. Air - filled tires sort of act like shock absorbers in that they give a little bit. Hard rubber tires, on the other hand, do not have any give.

If you need to change a tire on your riding mower, the process is relatively simple, and it requires only a little time. To change one of the front tires, whether its air - filled or hard rubber, you will need to jack up the front of the mower, just like you do a car. First, put the mower in gear and engage the brake. A small hydraulic jack placed underneath the frame can raise it up to the height you need. For safety's sake, you should block up the front of the mower with two blocks of wood, one on each side of the jack.

Lawn mowers can vary, but oftentimes the front tires are on spindles. To get the tire off of the spindle, you will need to remove a black rubber boot that is covering the end of the spindle. Use a pair of pliers to grab the entire boot, then careful pull it off so you don't tear it.

Next, you will see that the tire is held on with a small metal "C" clip. Use a flat - head screwdriver to pry the clip off. Be careful in doing this, because that small clip will tend to fly off and get lost.

After you have removed the metal clip, you should be able to just pull the tire forward and off of the riding lawn mower. Place the new tire on the spindle, and replace the small metal "C" clip. You will need to put the clip into place, and then use a flat - headed screwdriver to push it back down, and lock it into place. Stretch the black rubber boot over the end of the spindle, and then push it back into place. Remove the wooden blocks, lower the jack, and you are ready to mow your lawn again!

The rear tires are attached to the riding lawn mower in a different manner. They are held onto an axle with bolts. To change a rear tire, you must first put the mower in gear and engage the brake. Again, use a small hydraulic jack under the frame to raise it up to the height you need. Block the mower up, and then use a ratchet to remove the bolts. Pull the rear tire off and slide the new tire onto the axle. Replace the bolts and make sure they are tightened.

It's a good idea to check the air in the tires every time before you use your riding lawn mower to make sure that the tires are properly inflated.

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