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How to Remove the Wheel on an MTD Yard Machine

Updated April 17, 2017

The MTD Yard Machine has two different size tires---smaller tires on the front and larger tires on the rear. They are fastened onto the axle differently, so there are two different procedures to complete this task. There are two main reasons for removing the tires. Although the ground speed of a lawnmower is only 5mph, the tires still wear over time. As the tread wears, the mower can start to slide when turning. In addition, sharp objects hiding in the grass can puncture the tire. Replacing a tire requires only about five minutes of work.

Park the lawnmower on a level surface, set the parking brake and remove the key from the ignition.

Slide the jack under the front of the frame and raise the mower off the ground, slide the jack stands under each side of the frame in front of the wheels. Lower the jack onto the jack stands.

Remove the cap from the wheel with a flathead screwdriver. This will expose the cottar pin that helps secure the wheel to the axle.

Remove the cottar pin with the needle-nose pliers. Slide off the washer and the wheel.

Park the lawnmower on a level surface, set the parking brake and remove the key from the ignition.

Slide the jack under the front of the frame and raise the lawnmower off the ground. Slide the jack stands under each side of the frame in front of the wheels. Lower the lawnmower onto the jack stands.

Remove the cap in the centre of the wheel with the flathead screwdriver. Remove the bolt holding the tire to the rear axle using a 1/2-inch wrench. Slide off the washer and the tire.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 1/2-inch wrench
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Based out of Orlando, Fla., Yvonne Grant has since 1997 done everything from designing and outlining company handbooks to preparing reports for the IRS. She maintains a popular interior design blog where she gives advice and design tips. Grant has bachelor's degrees in both business and interior design from the University of Central Florida and the International Academy of Design and Technology.