How to change a farm tractor tire

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How to change a farm tractor tire
Tractors will occasionally require new tires (Tractor image by Arne Bramsen from

Farm tractors are regularly driven over rough terrain that contributes to tire damage. Replacing a tractor tire can be tricky because of the weight of both the implement and its tires. People experienced in changing tractor tires must follow correct procedures to complete this task safely and effectively.

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Things you need

  • Replacement Tire
  • Heavy-duty Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Tire Iron
  • Bricks

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    Park the tractor on a solid and even surface. Place bricks in front of the forward wheels if a rear tire is being changed. Place bricks behind the rear wheels if a front tire is being changed. Ensure that the tractor will not roll forward, backward or side-to-side when the tire change is taking place.

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    Situate the heavy-duty jack underneath the part of the tractor's metal frame nearest to the tire being removed. The tractor's user manual will provide exact details on jack positioning.

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    Crank the jack until the tractor tire has been lifted from the ground. The tire should spin freely when this has been achieved.

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    Remove the hubcap using tire-irons designed for the purpose. Place the tire-irons under the bead at the top of the hubcap's rim. Slowly work the hubcap away from the tire in a clockwise direction.

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    Locate the lug nuts. Place the lug wrench on the lug nut at the highest point on the tire. Turn the lug wrench in a clockwise direction until the nut is loose and can be removed. Do the same for the other lug nuts. The tire can now be freely removed from the tractor.

  1. 1

    Roll the new tire as close to the wheel as possible. Align the tire with the exposed wheel bolts. This may require a small amount of lifting, or a small adjusting of the jack. The latter is the safest option if carrying out the task alone.

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    Thread the lug nuts onto the bolts by hand; secure them firmly using the lug wrench. It is vital that these nuts are tightened or the tire may come off while the tractor is moving.

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    Return the tractor to the ground by lowering the jack. Remove the jack after the tire is completely on the ground.

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    Align the hubcap with the tire, applying pressure by hand to ensure that it is firmly in place. Remove all of the bricks that braced the tractor. Ensure that all of the tools used have been removed from the tire-change area before driving away.

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