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Removal of rear wheel on cox stockman ride on mower

The rear wheel has a nut and washer to remove but after removing them how does the rim come away from the shaft. No sign of a wood ruff key evident or even a spline on the shaft?

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These wheels are usually just held on with a Key way, ALOT OF TIME they offer resistance because they are rusted insode the rim and are needing a mallet to hit them from the inside pretty hard.

Turn it as you can usually a lever on the back side of the mower can be pulled out without the brake on to slip the transmission into nuetral. Turn the tire. I have used a small peice of 2x4 as well because a hammer dont fit well. Good luck I will watch this post and search my Diagrams to see if i have this rider tmrw at work.!

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

  • auscanav Apr 05, 2011

    The rear wheels fitted to the Stickman series Rear Axle/Driven gear sprocket assembly are both keyed and and taper fitted to the shafts . The wheel is soft aluminium and the hub can be damaged by too much hammer & drift use. The retention nuts & washers tend to squash the wheel onto the axle threads. I cleaned that area with a vey small dremel tool bit and a scriber. Then applied heat from the outside to the hub, around the axle, with a Bosch heat gun. Feel the inside of the wheel hub axle boss - when you can fell its hot thats enough. While hub is hot. Switch off heat gun & Use Loctite freeze on the shaft only. If that is not available use Penetrene ( Penetrating Oil) on the shaft /wheel hub joint from inside and outside the hub. have patience and use only moderate hammer and drift force on the inner hubs. If you have to use a puller -Do not use one that applies force to the wheel rim. Bruce Ramsay-Victoria Australia

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