How to Remove a Stuck Lawn Mower Wheel
Are you facing the problem of the stuck wheel in your lawn mower? You start mowing and you feel your lawn mower wheel is moving slowly and hard, which means you might face a wheel stuck problem soon. The stuck wheel is very annoying and sometime may create a hindrance in your work. To address this common issue I will discuss how to solve the stuck wheel problem at home easily without visiting and calling the repairmen or technician from the company to avoid time wastage and money.
Why Lawn Mower Wheel Get Stuck?
The answer to this question is very simple, the rotary parts of any machine get stuck due to many reasons. One of the reasons behind the stuck lawn mower wheel is the dirt debris in the wheel and the bearings of the wheel go defective due to corrosion and dirt inside it. This issue is ordinary and by following simple steps you can easily solve this problem at home. To resolve the stuck wheel issue at home follow these useful steps:
Tools And Equipment Used For Addressing Stuck Wheel Problem
Your home toolkit contains sufficient tools to address the problem. However, I write down the tools which are used during the work.
Before commencing any repair work at home always use the safety gears and do not compromise on safety. Mandatory gears are:
- Overall (in case you have no overall use the tight clothes which may not hang during work)
Note: Make secure that no one Turn ON the mower while you are working secure the keys, in case of gasoline or petrol mower disconnect the spark plug if it is easy to disconnect and not sealed inside the mower.
METHOD 1: USE OF OIL AND MALLET
After ensuring these safety tips and upon the availability of tools start working and follow these steps:
STEP 1: PARK THE MOWER IN A STRAIGHT AND DRY PLACE ON YOUR LAWN
Firstly, you need to park the mower in a suitable place you don’t start work on the slopes and dis-balance place so that you do not get injured during work. Always park the mower in the plane, clean, and dry place in your lawn.
STEP 2: LIFT THE MOWER FOR REMOVING THE WHEEL
Secondly, lift the mower by using a hydraulic jack at a suitable height to remove the wheel. Be careful while lifting the mower and fit the jack correctly so that your mower does not come down or disbalance and make you injured.
STEP 3: REMOVE THE HUBCAP AND BOLTS
After lifting the mower, start removing the hubcap by using a screwdriver, and then start to remove the bolts by using a wrench, lose all the screws equally, and remove and store in a safe place. It is recommended to place the bold in the rubber mat near the working place and place all the removed items there.
STEP 4: SPRAYING AND OILING WHEEL AREA
In a case, your wheel is badly stuck and cannot be removed after opening the bolts, you spray the oil completely in every corner of the wheel shaft and wait for 30 minutes to 1 hour so that the dirt and corrosion debris get weak from the oil spray.
STEP 5: DISMANTLE THE WHEEL BY USING A MALLET
In the last step use a mallet to dismantle and remove the wheel from the shaft. In the start use the mallet with less force in case it’s not removed easily use the mallet hard to dismantle the wheel. After this process, your wheel remove from the shaft.
STEP 6: CLEANING THE SHAFT AND WHEEL FROM INSIDE
In the last, start cleaning and removing dirt and corrosion debris from the shaft and inside the wheel. Check the bearing condition if you noticed a defective bearing you can change the wheel bearing. In case the tyre is punctured you may fix the puncture by visiting the near puncture shop.
After cleaning thoroughly again fit the wheel in the shaft and hence your wheel stuck problem gets solved easily at home.
METHOD II: USE OF HEAT AND WAX TO REMOVE THE STUCK LAWNMOWER WHEEL
In addition to the method, as mentioned earlier, you may try the heat and wax method for removing the stuck lawnmower wheel. Follow these steps to remove the stuck wheel using the wax and heat method:
STEP 1: APPLY WAX
The first step is to apply wax to the rim and axle of the stuck wheel. Before applying wax, it is mandatory to clear the dirt and mud debris from the rim and axle using some fabric. Additionally, use latex gloves to avoid any allergy before applying wax using your hands. Apply the wax to the whole rim and axle.
STEP 2: HEAT UP THE RIM AND AXEL
In the second step, use the propane torch to heat the rim and axle of the stuck wheel. Apply the heat gently so that the wax is thinner because of heat and penetrates inside smaller gaps, and helps to remove the stuck wheel. Heat the rim and axle carefully. Do not apply too much heat so that it cannot damage the axle and rim of your lawnmower.
STEP 3: REMOVE THE WHEEL
In the third step, after cooling down the heated rim and axle, use the force back and forth, and your stuck wheel will be removed easily. You may use a mallet as described in the first method, and the wheel becomes loose and removed easily.
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS (FAQs)
In the last, I advised you to clean and service your lawn mower every month to avoid this kind of problem. Store the lawn mower in a safe place and cover it with the cover so that dirt and other elements might not approach the mower. To learn how to store the lawnmower in your garage read my other article “How to store lawn mower in the garage”. In a case, you have any questions you may email us at our official email address.
About Naveed A Hashmi
In my childhood, I used to see my parents while working in the land, for these reasons today I have been serving the same as our own tradition and culture. I thus love to stay in it, because I want to learn something advanced and new so that I may improve my farm’s contour and help others with my experience.