The Simplest Steps Ever For Changing A Lawn Tractor Tire

It would be great if the tires on lawn tractors could last forever, but unfortunately that is not the case. If your tires are bald, stringy, or have been experiencing more flats than usual, it’s time to get a new set. Changing the tires on a lawn tractor isn’t difficult if you know what you’re doing, have the right tools, and maybe a little bit of determination. With some time and effort, you can fix just about anything by unscrewing and yanking on a few screws here and there.

Here, I’ll show you the quickest and simplest way to change the tire on your lawn tractor. To avoid being thrown off balance in the middle of things, it’s best to be prepared. Now, let’s get down to business.

Tools Required to Change the Tire on Your Lawn Tractor

  • Gloves
  • Lawn mower jack
  • For those unfamiliar with the term, a tire spoon resembles a giant flat-head screwdriver without a handle. A big screwdriver or a long, thin metal rod will do in a pinch.
  • Hammer
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Valve stem puller
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Air compressor
  • Some liquid soap
  • Your entire strength and might


Step-by-Step Instructions for Changing the Tire on Your Lawn Tractor

1. Lift Your Lawn Tractor

Get started by using the lawnmower jack to raise the end of the mower opposite the tire you want to replace. Take care to keep your machine from moving around or toppling over as you remove the wheel.

2. Remove the wheel’s dust cap.

Its dust cover is positioned smack dab in the middle of its circumference. Using a flat-head screwdriver, gently prod the cap’s base until it rises enough to be pryed off. This process is analogous to removing the pressed-on lid of a metal tin. Especially if your lawn tractor is getting on in years, you should take extra precautions here so you don’t break the caps.

3. Remove the Snap Ring

The snap ring, which aids in retaining the shaft, follows closely behind the dust cap. It’s worn at the tip of the shaft through a tiny hole and looks like a tiny metal semicircle. Pinch the snap ring with the needle nose pliers and gently slide it off the shaft. This part is similarly fragile and requires special handling.

4. Remove the Washer

In the absence of the snap ring, the washer can be easily removed. Using the needle-nose pliers, remove the ring from the pole’s pole. The washer is easy to identify after the snap ring because it looks like a full ring when worn on the shaft and settles directly on the rim of the tire.

5. Get the wheel off the shaft.

Take the tire wheel off the metal axle and set it on a flat surface; it should come free without any trouble. Note the stress on “flat ground,” as whatever comes next will necessitate the most level surface possible.

6. The Tire Needs To Be Deflated.

To release pressure in the tire, unscrew the valve core with the valve stem puller. When you let go of the valve, the pressure inside could cause it to shoot out and hit you.

7. Break the Bead

A newcomer might be perplexed by this meaning. After endlessly circling the wheel in a circle, the tires eventually become stuck to the rim due to the pressure of the air inside. Now comes the tricky part—removing the tire from the rim without damaging the unit.

To make things easier, put a bead of liquid soap along the rim’s edge and tap that spot with a hammer. It may take several blows to break the seal. After that, you can loosen the two with the tire spoon by inserting it into the rim line and working your way around.

You could also go into cave mode, where you use whatever means necessary to break the seal and keep pressing down until the tire holds loosely around the rim. Do the same thing on the opposite side of the tire.

8. Remove the tire from the rim.

Insert the tire spoon into the newly created gap between the tire and the rim, secure the tire in place with your foot, and apply pressure to the tire spoon until the rim pops out far enough for removal. The tire can be removed in one of two ways: either by grabbing the rim and wiggling it off the tire, or vice versa.

9.Change The Tire With The New One

Place the new tire on the ground and insert the rim until it clicks into place. Due to the requirement that the rim’s outer edge be visible from outside the tire, a tussle becomes inevitable. In order to remove the rim, you will need to flip the tire over and press the sides around the center. This will require the use of every limb you have and a lot of persistence.

Once you’ve located the rim’s edge, you can use the tire spoon to gently poke around it until the tire is completely worn down to the rim.

10. Pump In Air

Make sure the bead is properly sealed around the rim by filling the tire with air to a pressure higher than the manufacturer’s recommended maximum. Then, using the tire pressure gauge, deflate the tire to the correct PSI before lifting it onto the shaft. The valve core, which prevents air leakage, is also replaced at this stage.

11. Install the Tire on the Shaft and Plug in the Unplugged Items

Do you still have the washer, snap ring, and dust cap? To finish the replacement, just unscrew the old screws and screw in the new ones. When you’ve finished, you can remove the jack and put the machine back to ground level. Get yourself a drink, because you deserve it.

What To Do If Your Tire Refuses To Mount The Rim?

The toughest part of mounting is usually getting down on all fours. Now that you’ve made it this far, I hope you’re not freaking out. It might be a good idea to get some help. A team of two is ideal for this situation because one person can apply pressure to the section of tire that is under the rim, while the other uses the appropriate implements to wiggle the remaining portion of the tire under the rim.

In some situations, no blame can be placed on you when this occurs. Tires often come in slightly smaller than the specified size because they were made to be too small or because they shrank while being packed at the factory. You can either contact the tire manufacturer’s customer service to lodge a formal complaint, or you can bring your tire and rim problem to a repair person for assistance; doing either of these things won’t set you back very much money.

To Sum Up

Even though the instructions are straightforward, you’ll need to be very careful when handling certain parts of the unit. This is especially true given that you’ll be using fairly sharp tools and that you’ll be using your hands quite a bit. In any case, it’s not going to hurt you because your skin is bulletproof.
The need to change the tire on a lawn tractor can arise at any time. It’s not fun, but it’s necessary for everyone’s well-being and a good time on the mower. We wish you the best of luck on your journey.