Besides the blades and their motor, lawnmowers also rely on their tires. Even the smallest push mower can come with a set of tires that you need to maintain. And when they do break, replace them.
But replacing mower tires isn’t the easiest thing to do. While it doesn’t require a mechanical degree or a lot of experience, you might have a hard time figuring out the best way to do it.
However, don’t worry. We know what you need to do to remove a faulty mower tire from the machine and then install a new (or more) one.
So, is it worth changing the tires on your lawnmower? Then continue to scroll.
Steps 1 – Get it locked
Start the mower and apply the parking brake to prevent it from rolling and to hold the tire in place while working on it. Try to leave the tire on the axle, as this will give you all the influence you need for the job and considerably decrease the time it takes to complete it.
Step 2: lift off the ground
Like your car, be sure to place the jack under a cross member or frame member to prevent damage. Turn the jack to lift the tire off the ground. For your own safety and that of your pleasant lawnmower, do this on level ground, preferably stone or concrete. Next, engage the safety latch on your jack.
Step 3: Before removing the tire
Mowers may vary, so your front tires may be on axles. If so, you will need to remove the black rubber boot covering the end of the shaft. With a pair of pliers, grab the entire boot and slowly pull it out. Be careful not to break it.
At this point, you will see that the tire is secured with a small metal C-clip. Use a flat blade screwdriver to pry. At this point the C-clip has a tendency to fly and is easy to lose, so be careful.
Some rear tires will have a wrench to hold the tire and axle together, which must be removed before making any repairs. First, you will need to remove the hubcap or axle cover with a pair of slip-joint pliers. Pulling and spinning together should work without too many problems.
Grasp the retaining ring with a pair of needle-nose pliers and pull it out, followed by the washers that you can remove by hand. This will give you access to the key, which you can then remove with your pliers to remove the wheel.
Step 4 – Break the accounts
You will now have access to the valve core. Gently release the air from the tire by unscrewing the valve core, and then putting it back in place.
Then break off the inner and outer beads with an iron rim. Be careful not to hit the edge. Then take away the internal tube if your mower has one. Knit the outer bead on the outside of the edge, doing the same with the inner bead below.
Step 5 – Fit the new tire
Lubricate both beads of the new tire with penetrating lubricant or tire lubricant. Then place the tire on the tire at an angle of about 45 degrees and force the tire into the tire as much as possible. Use the tire iron once more to work the bead approximately the rim. Now is the time to insert the inner tube if you have one. in conclusion, use a ratchet strap to protect the tire beads.
Once the tire is back on the tire, reverse the process you used to remove it to secure it back to the axle.
Step 6: inflate the tire
If you are using a tube rim or a spindle wheel with a standard rim, you will need to find an air compressor and refill accordingly.
Remember to put the inflation valve in the right place to avoid any problems. Try to find the correct pressure in PSI before you start. Also, use a PSI meter.
Then just connect the air hose to the wheel valve and let it inflate. Check that the PSI is at the correct level. If so, then you are done. Otherwise, inflate or deflate as necessary.
Step 7 – Pump
Connect the air hose to fill the tire and voila!
Step 8: test the mower
You are almost ready. Just verify that the mower is operating as required.
Lower and then remove the jack, bracket or pad under the mower.
Straighten the mower and move it as needed.
Make sure the mower does not move or move uncomfortably.
If the mower starts to work as it should and moves smoothly over the grass, then you have successfully changed your tires.
Causes of a puncture
Not all flat tires are the same. Sometimes a floor caused by a very slow leak or simply because of the weather can be re-inflated. And it will last a long time until next time. But sometimes a puncture causes the tire to pop off the rim and this requires a more complicated repair. And in the worst case, with a damaged or worn tire, you will need to replace it.
No matter if your tire has come off the rim or needs to be replaced, we’ve got you covered. Here is our step-by-step guide to repairing a floor on your lawnmower. Steps 1, 2, and 3 are required for both fixes. After that, we split the instructions depending on whether you are going to put it back on the rim (steps 4a to 7a) or if you are changing the tire (steps 4b to 10b).
The rear tires have a square wrench that you will remove when you remove the rim from the mower. Align the notch on the rear tire with the notch on the axle when reinstalling, and remember to press the square wrench into the notch.
Place a flat square plank between the ground and the jack if you are lifting the mower in the yard. This will prevent the jack from “sinking” into the ground while the mower is raised.
Replacing the tires on your mower is essential to its efficiency. Therefore, learning to change them will be a good thing. If you have a lawnmower or any model with tubular or tubeless tires, following this guide will help you immensely.
Follow our tips and advice to make the process easier, save time, and possibly money.