Riding Mowers & Tractors: How do I fix a flat tire on my riding mower?

Check your tractor tires regularly. When a tire goes flat, you can often repair it with tire sealant. You can also sometimes install an inner tube to repair leaks that you can't fix the leak with tire sealant. Replace the tire if you find too much damage to repair.

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THESE REPAIRS MAY HELP SOLVE YOUR RIDING MOWERS & TRACTORS PROBLEM

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Replace the riding mower front tire

Riding lawn mower tires are durable, but like all tires they wear out over time or can be punctured. Replace a damaged front lawn tractor tire with a new one that's the same size as the other front tire.

Riding mower front tire

Find the required part specific to your product.

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January 1, 2015By Lyle Weischwill

How to replace a riding lawn mower front tire

If you can't repair a flat front tire on your riding lawn mower, it's time to replace it. Follow the step-by-step repair guide and video to install a new front tire on a riding lawn mower.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
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Replace the riding mower rear tire

Rear tires on a riding lawn mower need deep tread for good traction to move the mower through the grass when mowing. Replace a worn or damaged rear tire with one that's the same size as the other rear tire.

Riding mower rear tire

Find the required part specific to your product.

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January 1, 2015By Lyle Weischwill

How to replace a riding lawn mower rear tire

If your riding lawn mower's rear tire is beyond repair, replacing it is an easy DIY task. This repair guide and video explain how to install a new rear tire on a riding lawn mower.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less

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

Articles and videos common to all riding mowers & tractors

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your riding mower or lawn tractor.

August 6, 2020

How to remove a lawn mower blade using a removal tool

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

April 9, 2019

Riding mower parts and supplies to stock up on video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

January 1, 1970

How to tell if a fuse is blown

By Lyle Weischwill

Learn how to tell whether a fuse is blown