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In Reply to: How to change a tire on a John Deere Mower Tire on model STX38? posted by Carol Hughes on Saturday, April 14, 2007:
Jack up the tractor wheel that is flat. Put a block of wood or jack stand or something under the axle so it doesn't fall on you. Pry the yellow plastic center cap off the center hub of the wheel. There is a clip on the axle. It is either an E-clip or a snap ring. If it is and E-clip, you can pry it off with a screwdriver. If it is a snap-ring, you will need snap-ring pliers, which is a specialty tool that you can buy at your JD dealer or at the auto parts store. Once you get the retaining clip off, the wheel should pull right off the axle, assuming it is a front wheel. The rear should pull off also, but sometimes if not lubed, the wheel will rust to the rear axle shaft and be a nightmare to remove. Also, the rear axle will have a key (a piece of square steel stock) in it. The axle shaft and wheel hub are both slotted for the keyway. The key locks the wheel to the axle and allows the axle to "drive" the wheel. Don't lose the key! Take the wheel and tire to your local JD dealer, tire shop, or wherever and have them fix it for you.
Now, my suggestion is this. If you had to ask me this question, then you shouldn't even be trying to attempt this task without someone teaching you how to do this at least once. Call your JD dealer (or lawn and garden repair shop) and have them come out and do a service call. It might cost a few bucks more, but you'll be glad you did! Depending on what is wrong with the tire that caused the leak, if the mechanic is any good at all, he may likely be able to fix it right on the tractor without removing the wheel and tire.
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