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

May 1, 2017
Troubleshooting a riding lawn mower blown fuse video.

Test the ignition switch and wire harnesses to find the short.

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 engine won't turn over or click video.

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

April 1, 2017
Riding lawn mower engine clicks but doesn't turn over video.

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

June 1, 2016
Think you need a bigger lawn mower if your grass is really thick?

Don't get taken for a ride! Get the low-down on 3 common misperceptions.

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
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.

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 Smart Switch Ignition password on a lawn tractor video.

See how to unlock the factory default start code so you can set your own passcode.

March 1, 2016
If the deck on your riding mower isn't level, the grass will have an uneven look to it when you cut it.

Mower not cutting the grass evenly? Your mower deck might be the problem.

February 1, 2016
6 weeks to a better lawn.

Do these 5 things this spring for a lawn that's healthier all summer.

June 1, 2015
Why does my lawn tractor cut unevenly?

Following these 7 tips will help you achieve a well-manicured lawn.

April 1, 2015
How to keep grass clippings from sticking to a mower deck.

Prevent your mower deck from rusting by following our advice for keeping grass clippings from sticking.

March 1, 2015
Easy DIY riding lawn mower repairs.

Read about a few of the easy-to-do repairs that you can do yourself on a riding lawn mower or lawn tractor.

Articles and videos for rear-engine riding mowers

February 1, 2015

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

February 1, 2015

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

Symptoms common to all riding mowers & tractors

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

Main causes: dead battery, stale fuel, bad starter solenoid, ignition system problem, bad ignition interlock switch, clogged carburetor
Main causes: punctured tire or inner tube, leaky valve stem, damaged wheel rim
Main causes: damaged tie rods, bent or worn wheel spindle, worn front axle, damaged sector gear assembly
Main causes: faulty battery, bad alternator
Main causes: engine overfilled with oil, leaky head gasket or sump gasket, damaged carburetor seals, cracked fuel pump, broken fuel line
Main causes: damaged cutting blade, worn deck pulley, damaged mandrel pulley, loose fasteners on mower deck components
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: 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.

How to replace a mandrel assembly on a riding lawn mower

Replace the mandrel assembly if the blade shaft vibrates or doesn't spin.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace the air filter on a riding lawn mower

Get your mower running smoothly again by replacing the air filter—it's a quick job you can do yourself, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
February 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower ignition switch

Get your mower started again by replacing the ignition switch—it's a quick job you can do by following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less