Lawnmower wheel

Old 05-22-19, 08:50 AM
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Lawnmower wheel

I have an old/older troybilt riding lawn mower. The rear wheels are original is my guess. They are cracking everywhere and leaking. I am unable to get the wheel off the axle to change them. I'm pretty limited on what i have equipment wise. I don't have a acetylene blow torch, which many videos suggest. I do have one of the small torches that you can get at Lowes and it self lights. I don't have a truck to load it up on to take it somewhere to get it worked on. I've pounded on it with a hammer and steel rod. I've rented a pulling device form the local car parts store but because the tire was so shallow it was unable work. Can anyone suggest a way to pull the rims off the axle to replace them?
Old 05-22-19, 09:24 AM
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It would be a real bugger of a job but you could try replacing the tire with the rims still on the tractor. Very securely get the tractor/tire off the ground. Then with some tire changing spoons and a lot of awkward grunting and rotating the tire you should be able to get the old one off and the new one on. Sometimes with a ratchet strap around the middle of the new tire you can seat the bead. Otherwise a tire bead seating tank would be really helpful.
Old 05-22-19, 11:27 AM
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I agree, I've done several of these on the mower because the rim rusts on to the shaft and won't come off. Too much force and you can make the entire axle come loose and out of the transaxle. It takes transaxle disassembly to repair that. I don't like the way MTDs rear wheels are designed.
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May be easier to install a tube then to try and change the whole tire.
That way you would only need to take one half of the tire off the rim.

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