Remove a mower tire so you can cut the grass and get back to family time.

Cub Cadet LT 1045 Tire Removal

by Keith Dooley

A riding mower is preferred by many people with medium to large lawns. The Cub Cadet LT 1045, for example, helps take the strain out of grass cutting. When a flat tire interrupts your grass cutting, remove the wheel and tire for repair. You will save time and money by doing the job yourself.

Park the Cub Cadet mower in an area of the yard where the ground is level, with firm ground to support raising the mower with a jack. Consider parking the mower on a driveway as an alternative. Turn the mower off, leave the transmission in gear and set the parking brake for safety.

Raise the engine hood, locate the spark plug wire with the rubber boot on the end and pull it from the spark plug tip for safety.

Set a jack on the ground under the front or rear of the mower frame, based whether a front or back tire needs to be removed. Position the jack so it is in the center of the frame at the front or back of the mower for stability.

Raise the jack following the manufacturer's instructions. Insert the jack handle into jack and raise the jack until it contacts the mower frame. Continue raising the mower, and then slide a masonry block under the frame. Lower the mower frame on to the block for support while working.

Remove the bumper cap from the end of the axle when removing a front tire. Use pliers, if necessary to help remove the cap, and then pull the cotter pin from the front axle. Pull the wheel and tire assembly off the axle.

Remove the hubcap on the rear axle, if a rear wheel is being removed. Loosen and remove the hex head bolt with a socket wrench and 5/16-inch socket. Turn the bolt counterclockwise to loosen and remove. Pull the bell washer and flat washer off the rear axle. Slide the wheel and tire assembly off the axle.

Obtain a replacement wheel and tire assembly from a mower repair shop, or have a damaged tire repaired at a mower repair shop or service station. Place the wheel and tire assembly back on the axle.

Place the flat and bell washer on the rear axle and secure it with the hex bolt. Place the cap on the end of the axle. Secure the front tire in place with the washer and cotter pin, followed by the hubcap. Use pliers, if necessary, to push the cotter pin back through the axle.

Raise the mower with the jack and remove the masonry block. Lower the mower to ground with the jack. Connect the spark plug wire back to the spark plug.

Items you will need

  • Gloves
  • Jack
  • Masonry block
  • Pliers
  • Socket wrench with 5/16-inch socket


  • Use caution when working around the mower even when supported by the jack or masonry block.

About the Author

Keith Dooley has done work in the field of landscaping and design for more than 10 years. He has implemented his own designs, as well as pulled from techniques learned through studies, creating many landscapes for others to enjoy.He has also maintained lawns, athletic fields, town parks, large gardens and game fields.

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