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Re: rear wheel removal from craftman riding mower
Do you have the rim and tire off and you want to remove the hub?
I believe every rider mower and tractor I've had and worked on had the rear tire attached to the hub as in a car, with lug nuts or lug bolts. Check to see if there are four or five lug bolts that hold the rim onto the hub.
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Usually there is a spring clip on the axle. These little clips fit in a groove on the axle and are not very noticable. Look up circle clip. A screw driver (fairly large for a mower) can be used to slide them away from the axle. You may have to pull (tap) the wheel to get it off the axle as the last bit of axle sometimes develops some rust and the wheel does not want to slide off freely.
To take off the rear wheel, you are going to need to remove the rubber boot. You can pull it off with a set of pliers. Then see what is holding the wheel on, it could be an E-clip or an external snap ring. To remove the E-clip use a straight screwdriver under the clip and rotate it to loosen. Then pull off the washer(s). The wheel will slide straight off, watch for the key, that is the metal piece that goes into the groove that locks the wheel and axle together for rotation. The external snap ring requires a snap ring pliers.
there is a cap over the end of the axle, it snaps off. with the rear end jacked in the air remove the C-clip which you find under the cap. the wheels will then pull off. make sure you put them back on correctly, there is an inside and an outside. If you reverse it, you will rub a groove in the tire and it will go flat and have to be replaced and they cost more than car tires. And do not pull the wheel off in the lawn or in a gravel driveway. when the wheel comes off a small key will fall to the ground. you will need to re-install this key when you put it back together or the wheels will not move. if you lose the key into the grass or gravel you will have to go to a real hardware store or small engine repair shop to buy another.
there is a key keeping the wheel and axle in sync. make sure this did not fall to the ground when you removed the wheel. fits in the slot on axle and wheel. if you lost it you can buy another at a small engine parts store. another possible problem is that you slid the wheel on backwards and it is rubbing against the mower frame.
The wheels usually have a rubber cover in the center, remove that and there is an e-clip that can be removed with a flat blade screw driver, or pliers. The axle beam, spindles and wheels can all be serviced separately.
You should find little clips holding them in place. Take a screwdriver and find where the hoop (clip) has a notch in it and put pressure against it...it should pop out (wear eye safety gear). Once clip is off....tire will pull off www.nnyparts.com
pull off plastic axle cover in the center of the wheel, remove large e-clip seen on the end with small screwdriver and large washer. take care not to let it fly off somewhere. lift tractor with a jack, pull off wheel then note the location of the square shear pin and save it for reverse assembly
First Raise the mower and set the draw bar on a block or jackstand or something. Now pull off the black plastic cap it might be harden from age so pliers will help here. Now take a screw driver and stick it in that small grove in that E-clip and turn the handle to prize off the E-clip. Now remove the large washer there may be two. Pull and rock that tire back and forth there is a steel keyway in the axle. It all could be rusty so spray it with oil and use a hammer on the back side if needed.
Here is what my manual says. It is for a 14 hp 42" mower deck. 6 sped transaxle.
Block up axle securely.
Remove axle cap, retaining ring and washer to allow wheel removal (rear wheel contains a square key. Do not lose).
Repair the tire and reassemble.
On rear wheels only: align grooves in rear wheel hub and axle. Insert square key.
replace washers and snap retaining ring securely in axle groove.
Replace axle cap.
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