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 replacement 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.
This video explains how to replace the front tire on a riding lawn mower.
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.
Disconnect the spark plug.
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.
Block the rear wheel.
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.
Remove the front wheel.
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.
Pry the tire off the rim.
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.
Lubricate the bead.
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.
Shoot air into the tire.
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.
Reinstall the wheel.
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.
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.
These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your riding mower or lawn tractor.
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