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    bad lawnmower tire

    I'm ticked. ( can I say "ticked" here?)
    About two years ago I had to replace one of the front tires on my rider lawn mower. This season it just won't stay on. Loses air and comes off the rim. Today would have been a good day to mow, I didn't plan anything else and sun is out. But, tire is off again and won't hold air. And, of course, it's a holiday weekend and I can't take to tire place until Tuesday. By then it will probably be raining hard.

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    You need to put some fix a flat stuff in there. Or maybe some of that green slime. I'm not an advocate for the stuff in car tires, but lawnmower tires are a good use for it to me. If you have an air compressor, even a small one, you can get it to air up, if you can coax the tire back on the rim. Get some soapy water as a lubricant, soak the bead that needs to go on, and do a dance while standing on the side walls. You might be able to get it to slip back on. Don't give up yet..unless you really don't want to mow the yard. Jim.
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    Use a ratchet strap to compress the tire. I have to do this to my tiller about once per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I'm ticked. ( can I say "ticked" here?)
    About two years ago I had to replace one of the front tires on my rider lawn mower. This season it just won't stay on. Loses air and comes off the rim. Today would have been a good day to mow, I didn't plan anything else and sun is out. But, tire is off again and won't hold air. And, of course, it's a holiday weekend and I can't take to tire place until Tuesday. By then it will probably be raining hard.
    Frank,
    I had similar problem with my Troy-bilt... kept getting flats on the front tires... I finally had tubes put in the tires for about $11 each/including labor and haven't had a problem since.
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    Great solutions !!
    Now tell me what to do when you run out of gas halfway through the lawn and you find out your kid used all your gas to fill their car and forgot to tell you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Great solutions !!
    Now tell me what to do when you run out of gas halfway through the lawn and you find out your kid used all your gas to fill their car and forgot to tell you
    Break out the push mower and get the kid to finish the job

    Frank, all good suggestion here, I too have used the ratchet strap and WD-40 method on tires, worked well!
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    Can't you turn one out of a big block of wood?

    I have the same problem on mine along with the two wheel dolly.

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    Thanks all. I'm pretty sure I can air it up for temporary use.
    But, I'm now sure it is not the right tire for the rim. A tube or new tire might be only answer. It's a Craftsman mower and I'm concerned the tire/rim combo might be proprietary. Meaning, replacement could be expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Thanks all. I'm pretty sure I can air it up for temporary use.
    But, I'm now sure it is not the right tire for the rim. A tube or new tire might be only answer. It's a Craftsman mower and I'm concerned the tire/rim combo might be proprietary. Meaning, replacement could be expensive.
    Can you get replacement rims from an aftermarket source... mine are only held on with cotter keys, so almost any wheel that fits the axle would work.
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