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How to replace a riding lawn mower front tire

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January 1, 2015

By Lyle Weischwill

This step-by-step repair guide explains how to change a front tire on a riding lawn mower if the old tire is damaged beyond repair. Replacing the front tire is fairly easy; you just need a few tools and a manufacturer-approved riding mower part.

Follow the steps in this repair guide and video to replace the front tire on Craftsman, Husqvarna, Toro, Troybilt, Ariens, Poulan, MTD, Murray, Snapper, Yard-Man, John Deere and Weed Eater riding mowers and lawn tractors.

If you'd rather use tire sealant to repair the tire, the video How to Repair a Riding Lawn Mower Tire shows how.

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Tools required

Floor jack or bottle jack

Jack stand

Slot screwdrivers

Pry bars


Valve stem core removal tool

Liquid detergent


Wood blocks

Work gloves

Safety goggles

Compressor air supply

Repair difficulty

Time required

60 minutes or less

Repair difficulty

Time required

60 minutes or less

Replacing a front tire on a riding lawn mower

This video explains how to replace the front tire on a riding lawn mower.


  1. 01.

    Disconnect the spark plug

    Park the riding mower on a level surface and set the parking brake.

    Turn the ignition switch off and remove the key.

    Wear work gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles to protect your eyes.

    Lift the riding lawn mower hood and disconnect the spark plug wire.

    Lower the tractor hood.

    Tip: Disconnect both spark plug wires if your engine has 2 cylinders.

    PHOTO: Disconnect the spark plug.

  2. 02.

    Jack up the riding mower

    Block the rear tires to keep the riding mower from rolling.

    Position the jack under the frame and jack up the riding mower to raise the front wheel.

    Place a jack stand under the frame to support the riding mower.

    Remove the jack.

    PHOTO: Block the rear wheel.

  3. 03.

    Remove the front wheel

    Pull off the axle cover.

    Remove the retaining ring and then pull off the washers.

    Pull the tire off the axle.

    PHOTO: Remove the front wheel.

  4. 04.

    Remove the tire

    Remove the valve stem cap.

    Remove the valve stem core, which lets any remaining air out of the tire.

    Break the tire bead and pry the tire off the wheel rim on one side.

    Pry the tire off the rim on the other side.

    PHOTO: Pry the tire off the rim.

  5. 05.

    Install the new tire

    Clean the wheel rim.

    Set the new tire flat on a work surface.

    Lubricate the top tire bead with liquid detergent.

    Pry the rim into the top side of the tire.

    Flip the rim and tire over.

    Lubricate the tire bead with liquid detergent.

    Pry the remaining side of the tire onto the rim.

    Warning: Use blunt tools to pry the tire to avoid damaging the new tire bead.

    PHOTO: Lubricate the bead.

  6. 06.

    Seal the bead

    Fill the tire with air to seat the tire bead.

    Reinstall the valve stem core.

    Fill the tire fully with air.

    Tip: If the tire didn't fill with air, install a ratcheting tension strap around the center of the tire tread, tighten the strap to force the beads outward, and fill the tire with air to seat the tire bead. Carefully release and then remove the strap.

    Tip: If the bead doesn’t seal, check the rim and replace it if you find damage.

    PHOTO: Shoot air into the tire.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the wheel

    Slide the wheel on the axle.

    Reinstall the washers and snap the retaining ring onto the axle.

    Push the axle cover onto the wheel.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the wheel.

  8. 08.

    Lower the riding mower

    Push the jack under the frame and raise the riding mower, and then pull out the jack stand.

    Lower the riding mower to the ground.

    Remove the wood blocks from the rear tires.

  9. 09.

    Reconnect the spark plug

    Raise the tractor hood.

    Reconnect the spark plug wire and lower the hood.

    Tip: Reconnect both spark plug wires if your engine has 2 cylinders.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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How to Replace the Tires on a Yard-Man Lawn Mower | Home Guides

By Andrew Tennyson

Yard-Man's push mowers and self-propelled walk-behind mowers have wheels that combine the tire and rim in one piece. As such, to change a tire on a push or self-propelled model you must purchase a replacement wheel. How you go about replacing tires on a Yard-Man riding mower depends on whether you want to replace the wheel-and-tire combination or just the tire.

Push Mowers and Self-Propelled Mowers

  1. Disconnect the spark plug wire from the mower's engine and flip the mower over. Consult the lawn mower's documentation for the location of the spark plug wire. The location and disconnection procedure may vary depending on your Yard-Man model.

  2. Loosen and remove the hex nut or cotter pin holding the wheel to the mower and set it in a secure spot. You may need a small wrench or a pair of pliers.

  3. Slide the wheel assembly off the mower.

  4. Collect the washers between the tire and the mower and set them aside. Depending on your Yard-Man model, there may be one washer per wheel. Some models do not use washers.

  5. Replace the washer or washers, and slide the new wheel on the axle.

  6. Replace the hex nuts or cotter pins and flip the mower over. Replace the spark plug wire on the plug.

Riding Mowers -- Replace Full Wheel

  1. Remove the key from the mower's ignition and engage the parking brake.

  2. Jack up the front or rear of the mower, depending on the location of the wheel you want to remove. Place jack stands underneath the elevated end for support. Do not work around an elevated mower that is not supported by jack stands.

  3. Remove the dust cap, if one is present, then use a wrench to unfasten and slide off the nuts fastening the wheel to the axle. If your Yard-Man mower uses cotter pins instead of nuts, slide the pins out of their respective holes with pliers. Keep the nuts or pins in a safe place.

  4. Slide the wheel off the axle and replace the entire wheel-and-tire assembly with a new one.

  5. Replace the nuts or pins, remove the jack stands and lower the jack so the mower is once again on the ground.

Riding Mowers -- Replace Tire

  1. Remove the wheel as outlined in Section 2, then lay the removed wheel on the ground.

  2. Remove the valve stem cap and use a valve core removal tool to let all of the air out of the tire.

  3. Remove the tire from the rim. To do this, work around the edge of the rim using two large flat-head screwdrivers. Slide the tips of the screwdrivers between the rim and the bead of the tire. Gently push down on the handles of the screwdrivers to break the seal between the tire and rim. Once you've broken the seal all the way around, pull the tire off the rim.

  4. Lubricate the bead of the new tire with dish soap to make it easier to put the tire on the rim.

  5. Pry the new tire onto the rim, once again using two large flat-head screwdrivers.

  6. Inflate the tire and reinstall the wheel on the axle of the mower.


  • MTD: How to Change a Mower Wheel on a Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
  • Sears: How to Replace a Front Tire on a Riding Lawn Mower
  • Sears: Yard-Man 21" Rear-Discharge Lawn Mower Model 445 Operator's Manual


  • Always inflate tires to the recommended pressure.

Writer Bio

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

Instruction for women. How easy is it to change a wheel on a car?

Replacing a damaged wheel is not difficult - everyone can do it!

On the road, many can boast of their driving skills, but when fate puts us in front of the next difficulties in the form of a broken wheel, not everyone will be able to cope with such a problem on their own, including women. But the most important thing is not to give up and to come out of this difficult situation as a winner with dignity. And how - we will tell you now.

It is quite easy to determine whether a wheel is punctured in motion. If you accidentally notice that the car began to behave strangely, it began to tilt in different directions, it began to bounce a little, make noises of unknown origin, and indeed all the comfort of a calm movement disappeared, then be sure that what you were so afraid of happened - the wheel was pierced .

What we need to replace:

  • First, of course, the spare wheel.
  • Secondly, these are working tools: a jack to hold the car at the required height and a balloon wrench to unscrew the wheel nuts.
  • Thirdly - specialized wheel stops for fixing the car, or, if there are none, you can use improvised means - cobblestones, bricks, etc.
  • Fourth - gloves. Safety regulations dictate the use of gloves in any such work, but common sense already tells us to use them

Tip: if the wheel nuts are difficult to unscrew, then they can be lubricated with a special tool - WD-40 oil spray or other numerous analogues.

What to do at the very beginning

First you need to turn on the alarm, turn off the engine and set the warning triangle at a safe distance (15 meters from the vehicle within the city and 30 meters outside it). By doing this, you will warn other drivers that something is wrong with your car and it is better to go around you.

Next, you need to install stops on the wheel located diagonally with the damaged wheel - in front of and behind it.

And of course, prepare all the necessary tools and, in fact, a spare wheel.

On this we can consider the preparations completed.

Changing the wheel

1. Before installing the jack, you need to unscrew the bolts and nuts of the wheel to be replaced with a wheelbrace half a turn;

2. Next, you need to raise the car with a jack so that the wheel to be replaced rotates freely, and you can install a spare in its place.

3. Then you need to unscrew the nuts holding the wheel on the hub and put them in one place so as not to lose them.

4. Remove the damaged wheel and carefully install the spare.

5. Next, you should carefully and slowly tighten the nuts in this order: first we tighten the top nut, and then all the others crosswise. It is important to spin them in this order so as not to disturb the alignment of the wheel, which can later be very dangerous on the road, as it is likely to lead to emergency situations.

6. After what has been done, you should lower the car to the ground, tighten all the wheel bolts to the maximum.

7. Next, you should measure the pressure in the replaced wheel, for this we use a pressure gauge. The usual indicator is 2 kgf, if less, pump up the wheel.

8. Now you need to twist the nipple and carry out a leak test - to do this, moisten its tip, if there are no bubbles, then everything is fine.

9. Do not forget to remove the wheel supports, the warning triangle and the damaged wheel in the trunk.

With a similar set of tools from the ARCEHAL brand, changing a wheel is easier than ever!

Using the tool of the trademark "ARSENAL"

"That's all?" - you ask. Yes - everything is extremely simple! But, despite the elementality of the whole event, many experience difficulties when faced with it in practice, and in order to avoid them, it is important to clearly follow the instructions, as well as have a good working tool that can help out in difficult times. These include products of the domestic trademark "ARSENAL". The company's hand tools are made of heavy-duty Taiwanese steel, cast at the China Steel plant, which has practically no analogues in the world.

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