16 hours ago
Sunday, September 5, 2010
It is a sad state of affairs when the highlight of my day is installing a new tire. I don't think I can equate that to country living, just my own shift in personal interests. The low part of my day was forking over fifty bucks at the tire shop in Jasper to get a new one and have them put it on the rim. It will be nice to be able to mow without having to turn on the air compressor.
Thankfully, changing a mower tire is a lot easier than changing a car tire. If you have something stable enough to slide under the back you could simply lift the back end onto a block, but I use a car jack to lift it up. The shaft goes through the rim of the tire and is then held on by retention ring. The most important thing is that when you take the old tire off you don't lose the Key. The Key is a square strip of metal that goes into that notch on the top of the rim. The shaft has the same notch and when you slide the key in it connects the two.