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How To Reseat A Lawn Mower Tire? Our Guide Here!

Written by William
Last Updated on April 12, 2022

It is recommended that you check the manual for your lawnmower to see how to reseat the tire.

The first thing you should do is take off the wheel cover. The next step would be to remove the old tire.

Next, you should clean the inside of the rim with a rag or paper towel. Then, it would help if you lubricate the inside of the rim with grease or soap.

After that, you should insert the new tire onto the rim. After that, you should tighten the lug nuts and reinstall the wheel cover.

How To Seat A Garden Tractor Or Lawn Mower Tire Bead

Tires go flat because there is a hole in them. You can fix this by pumping the tire with air or seating the tire back onto the rim.

To seat a lawn mower tire bead, you need to use a bead breaker tool. This tool will help you break up the rubber on the tire to be reseated.

You can buy a bead breaker at any auto parts store. If you don't have one, you can make one yourself using a hammer and a piece of wood.

First, you should loosen the lug nut around the rim. Next, you should lift the tire off of the rim.

Then, it would help if you placed the tire down on a hard surface such as concrete. It will help if you put some weight on top of the tire while doing this.

Next, you need to hit the tire with the edge of the hammer. It would help if you continued hitting the tire until you heard a crackling sound coming from the tire.

This means that the bead has been broken. Now, you should turn the tire over and repeat the process on the other side of the tire.

Once you have done this on both sides, you should replace the lug nut and reinstall the tire. 

Several Methods for Seating Tire Beads on a Lawn Mower or Garden Tractor

Tire beads should be reseated by inflating them up with air.

The fire shouldn't be used unless you're experienced with it. A rope or string is needed to increase the pressure.

A tire pump is also an option. But, if you choose to use a pump, you'll want to make sure that the tire isn't too low on air.

The Risky Way to Place a Tire Bead With Fire

I don't recommend using this technique because of how dangerous the outcome could be. Try not to take the risk when using this method. All you'll need is starter fluid, and a means to set it on fire (such as a lighter).

Spray the fluid in the gap of the tire bead and ignite it. The pressure of the fire will bounce the tire bead back into place.

Don't go over the PSI limit when filling up your tires. Hot air coming out of the tire could burn you.

This method requires a lot of effort and time. You should be prepared for anything. A fire extinguisher is needed if there is an emergency.

The Safe Way to Seat a Tire Bead With Air Pressure

It would help if you used your muscles to lift the tire off the ground. This task may take some time, depending on how heavy the tire is.

You must first place the flat tire onto a flat surface to do this. Then, you must stand behind the tire and push down as hard as possible.

Once the tire is lifted off the ground, you must roll the tire over a short distance. Finally, it would help if you lowered the tire back into position.

Choosing Your Tools

Tire ties should be made out of rope or strap. Elasticity is important. Sturdiness is also important.

You can purchase these tools at most hardware stores.

Tying the Tire Down

Make sure the rope is centred before pumping air into the tire! If the rope is not centred, the tire won't stay inflated properly.

Use a level to ensure that the tire stays even during inflation.

When inflating the tire, make sure to keep the air valve closed. Otherwise, you might get a burst of air.

When removing the tire, make sure that you pull straight up. If you pull upward at an angle, the tire might pop off. 


A screwdriver is a tool used to tighten screws. Wedging it under the knot makes the rope tighter around the tire. This increases the pressure inside the tire, making it harder to drive.

Remove the Valve Stem

This step is optional but still recommended. Removing the valve stem will allow the air to fill the tires easily without any obstructions. When you're not restricted by anything when filling the tires with air, it makes them easier to fill.

Use the Air Compressor

It would help if you filled your tire with air before driving because you may need them later.

Fill up all four tires to the optimum tire pressure allowed by your vehicle's manufacturer.

Take care not to exceed the PSI limit. Doing so can cause tire damage.

Put The Valve Stem Back on

The valve stem prevents the pressure from escaping the tires. A tire with pressure could escape, the wheel bead loosens around the rim. You don't want this to happen again.

Remove the Rope

When filling the normal tire, make sure you don't overfill it. Don't be careless about the pressure, or you might get injured by the explosion.

Be careful when adding optimum tire pressure on your tires.

Fire method

Tractor tires are larger tires and heavy, so tying them up isn't easy. You need to use the fire method to get rid of them. Squashing tires and using explosives work together. There's no pressure inside the tire, so you won't be able to wrap the rope around it.

Wrap Around Method

You can use this method to repair tire wear if you have limited space. It requires less space than other methods, but it does burn up some gas. It's best for smaller tires.

Tire Bead Damage: What Should You Do?

When a tire is damaged, you must buy a new tire. You can't repair the damaged or worn-out tire because there is no way to get the tire back into shape.

If you notice that the tire has been damaged, you should call the auto shop immediately. They'll help you replace the tire.

Why Is Your Tire Losing Air?

You can tell if your tire is losing pressure by looking at the treads. Normal tires have grooves, but the rubber gets worn down when you go over bumps or potholes. If you see many flat spots, you need new tires.

Wheel damage

There could be a problem with these tires. The valve releases too much air, and this causes the tire to lose pressure. The wheels may be damaged or bent. The tire doesn't fit tightly around the wheel, and this causes the pressure to leak out.

Tire damage

Tire damage is caused by nails and other sharp objects that cut into the rubber. Loose nails or other sharp objects may also puncture the tire. A small tear may allow air to leak out. If there is any problem with the beads, air could leak out of the small opening between the tire and the wheel.

Beads aren't important to tires. You can remove them without causing any damage. When you put them back in place, they should stay there.


Well done! You have fixed the tire and are ready to go back to your lawn. We hope this guide was helpful to you. Whether you put your tire back on or replace it completely,

Please let us know what worked best for you if you've tried these methods.

If you haven't tried any of these methods yet, please tell us which method you plan to try. We'd love to hear about your experiences!

About the author
Written by William
I have always had a passion for gardening and that with a background in selling lawn mowers for the past 10 years, I have become very knowledgeable in all types of gardening tools. The site was created as a hub where I can review and write about all of the tips around gardening.
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