Riding mower & lawn tractor articles

From helping you troubleshoot why your riding mower won't start to how to level a mower deck to get an even cut, these articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect help you get the most from your riding mower or lawn tractor. For additional DIY advice, check out our riding mower and lawn tractor repair help section for common symptoms and step-by-step repair instructions.

Riding Mowers & Tractors

Articles and videos common to all riding mowers & tractors

June 1, 2022
Introduction image for Riding Mower Common Parts article.

Learn about the most common parts that you'll need to replace on your riding mower or lawn tractor.

August 18, 2021
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.

March 25, 2021
Keep gas in your lawn mower from going bad.

Keep your lawn mower fuel fresh following these easy tips.

August 6, 2020
How to use a lawn mower blade removal tool.

Learn how a blade removal tool makes replacing the blade easier and safer

May 2, 2019
Riding lawn mower engine clicks but doesn't turn over video.

Check the starter solenoid, starter motor, wiring, battery and engine.

April 9, 2019
Riding mower parts and supplies to stock up on.

Keep these 6 things on hand to keep the mower season running smoothly.

May 1, 2017
You can often fix a small hole in a riding mower tire with sealant.

Learn when you can use sealant to fix a flat tire.

April 1, 2017
Jump-starting a riding lawn mower battery video.

Learn how to connect cables safely to jump-start your mower’s battery.

April 1, 2017
Riding lawn mower won't turn over or click.

See how the starting system works and how to pinpoint the problem.

October 1, 2016
Storing your lawn tractor for winter.

Take these steps before storing your lawn tractor for the winter to save you time when yard care season comes around again

June 1, 2016
How to mow a lawn for healthier grass.

How often and tall you mow your lawn has a big impact on its health. Check out these 3 rules.

March 1, 2016
Learn how to charge a battery in a riding lawn mower.

Learn how to use a battery charger if your mower battery is dead.

March 1, 2016
How to change the oil in a riding lawn mower video.

Learn how to drain the old oil and add new oil to your mower.

June 1, 2013
Riding mower and tractor common questions.

You might find the answers to your questions about your riding mower or lawn tractor in this list of frequently asked questions.

January 1, 1970
Riding mower fuse

Learn how to tell whether a fuse is blown

Articles and videos for rear-engine riding mowers

February 1, 2015
When to maintain a zero-turn lawn tractor.

Learn what you can do to keep your zero-turn lawn tractor cutting well.

February 1, 2015
How to check the safety interlock circuits on a zero-turn lawn tractor.

Learn how to check the safety interlock circuits on a zero-turn mower.

January 1, 1970
Riding mower fuse

Learn how to tell whether a fuse is blown

Articles and videos for garden tractors

January 1, 1970
Riding mower fuse

Learn how to tell whether a fuse is blown

Articles and videos for front-engine lawn tractors

January 1, 1970
Riding mower fuse

Learn how to tell whether a fuse is blown

Symptoms common to all riding mowers & tractors

Choose a symptom to see related riding mower and lawn tractor repairs.

Main causes: punctured tire or inner tube, leaky valve stem, damaged wheel rim
Main causes: worn or broken ground drive belt, bad seat switch, transaxle freewheel control engaged, transaxle failure, dirty carburetor
Main causes: shift lever needs adjustment, neutral control needs adjustment
Main causes: worn or broken blade belt, broken belt idler pulley, blade clutch cable failure, bad PTO switch, damaged mandrel pulleys
Main causes: damaged cutting blade, worn deck pulley, damaged mandrel pulley, loose fasteners on mower deck components
Main causes: engine overfilled with oil, leaky head gasket or sump gasket, damaged carburetor seals, cracked fuel pump, broken fuel line
Main causes: clogged carburetor, damaged flywheel key, dirty spark plug, stale fuel, improper valve lash, engine needs a tune up
Main causes: faulty battery, bad alternator
Main causes: unlevel mower deck, dull or damaged cutting blades, worn mandrel pulleys, bent mower deck, engine needs tune up

Repair guides common to all riding mowers & tractors

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your riding mower or lawn tractor.

January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower rear tire

Your mower can’t run on a damaged rear tire. Here’s how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower blade

If a blade on your mower is dull or bent, replace it following the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower fuel filter

Help your mower run better by replacing the fuel filter during your riding mower's annual tune-up.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less