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How to Remove the Wheels on a Riding Mower

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Riding lawnmower wheels are mounted on a spindle and held in place with either a cottar pin or a retaining ring. With use, lawnmower tires wear thin and need to be replaced. Removing the wheels from the riding lawnmower is the first step. No matter w

Riding lawnmower wheels are mounted on a spindle and held in place with either a cottar pin or a retaining ring. With use, lawnmower tires wear thin and need to be replaced. Removing the wheels from the riding lawnmower is the first step. No matter what make or model of riding lawnmower you own, the removal process will be similar. Once the wheel is off the mower, repair or replace the thin tire.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Hydraulic jackWrenchFlathead screwdriverPliers

Instructions

1 Drive the riding lawnmower to a flat surface. Turn the engine off and set the parking brake.

2 Position a hydraulic jack under the riding lawnmower's frame, next to the wheel you are removing. Lift the riding lawnmower until the wheel is off the ground and can spin freely.

3 Remove the hubcap from the spindle. Some hubcaps unscrew, while others pop off. If yours unscrews, use a wrench to start it, and then finish unscrewing it by hand. If your hubcap pops off, position a flathead screwdriver under the hubcap's lip and pry it forward.

4 Use pliers to remove either the cottar pin or the retaining ring. Once this is removed, the washers in front of the wheel slide off the spindle. If you are removing a rear wheel, slide the square key out of the slot in the spindle. Place the square key in a safe place so you do not lose it.

5 Grasp the wheel. Use both hands, one on either side of the wheel. Pull the wheel off the spindle. Leave the hydraulic jack in place until the wheel is remounted to the riding lawnmower.

Tips and warnings

Some rear wheels are attached to the riding lawnmower using bolts. Use a tire iron to remove the bolts.

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