Types of Lawn and Garden Tires and How To Change Them
1. Wheelbarrow Tires
Wheelbarrow tires come in two types. Some have inflatable inner tubes while others are made of solid urethane. Regardless of what type of you have, you can typically follow the same directions to change the tire.
- Take off the old tire by locating the wheel nut and removing its pin.
- If the tire doesn't want to come off easily, use a crowbar to gently pry it off.
- Select a replacement tire that will give you adequate height. Otherwise, your wheelbarrow could drag on the ground.
- Adjust the new tire so that it is centered. Some wheelbarrows have spacers that will hold the tire in its proper position.
- Replace the pin in the wheel nut.
- Check the tire for sturdiness.
2. Lawn Tractor Tires
Lawn tractors usually have tires with inflatable inner tubes. Replacing them, therefore, is much like replacing a car tire. Luckily, your lawn tractor doesn't weight 4,000 pounds or more.
- Remove the wheel from the lawn tractor and take it to a workspace.
- Release air from the tire so that it is easier to remove from the rim.
- If the tire does not come off easily, use a screwdriver or crow bar to lift it away from the rim.
- Before putting on the new tire, use dish soap to lube the beads.
- Work on of the tire beads over the lip of the rim.
- If you are using an inner tube, install it inside the tire so that the valve stem is properly placed.
- Work the other tire bead on the rim and inflate.
3. Lawn Mower Tires
Like wheelbarrows, lawn mower can come with either type of tire. Assuming that yours has an inflatable tube, follow these directions. Otherwise, it's similar to replacing a wheelbarrow tire.
- Remove the valve stem.
- Break the tire bead on both sides with a hammer and remove it with a screwdriver.
- Insert a new valve throw the rim's hole and replace the stem.
- Coat both tire beads with dishwashing liquid and work them onto the rim, using a screwdriver if necessary.
- Inflate the tube and put the wheel back on the mower.