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How to Repair a Lawn Mower Wheel

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A green, furry natural carpet is probably the first thing one pictures when talking about the yard. A lawn mower is the essential device for keeping it that way. After all, even a weedy and patchy lawn looks more appealing when the grass is cut.

Possible reasons for wheel loss

Sometimes, the wheels of a lawn mower start wobbling, break, or even fall off. Those may be caused by aging, wearing out, or neurotic lawn mower sprints over the uneven terrain, because there`s always a lack of time for mowing for those, who are not particular fans of mowing. The last one is sort of my case 😆 .

We have a simple inexpensive electric rotary mower which absolutely fits our needs (especially when I don’t get time to cut the grass in between the shower rains and it grows like Topsy 😯 ).

On one fine sunny day, while I was light-heartedly dragging the mower back and forwards on the lawn, the front left wheel just fell off all of a sudden. Fortunately, I found the push on washer that was retaining the wheel on the axle and put it back on, but. . . it didn`t help for a long. I even tried to tilt the mower a bit to the side of the broken wheel, while moving (it doesn`t work. And dragging the mower on three wheels on the grass doesn`t work too. Checked).

After putting the snap ring (that small. . . nearly to ring 🙄 that holds the wheel on the axle (that rod the wheels are rotating around)) back for several times, I finally lost it. . . forever. . .

Updated 18.04.2024


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One, of course, can buy a lawn mower hardware replacement kit with a snap ring in it (if you do, I`ll get a minuscule commission at no additional cost to you 😀 ). Here are the Wheel Axle Hardware Kits that would fit the most common lawn mowers in the USA:

XiKe 3/4″x1-3/8 Flange Ball Bearings Kit, Fits Lawn Mower Front Wheel, Compatible Craftsman, Sears, AYP, Poulan, Husqvarna 9040H, 532009040, 532124959, 91334 491334MA, 5920H, 9040HR, 9040N.
  • ✔ Content – ID 3/4″ bearings, e-clips, washers and hub caps.
  • ✔ Bearings – Manufactured by chrome steel sturdy and durable.
  • ✔ Seal – Preserve grease and prevent impurities from entering.
  • ✔ Guarantee – 3 Months warranty services feel free to buy.
  • ✔ Expert – Professional bearing manufacturing began in 1945.
(4 Pack) 532124959 124959 HD Switch Front Wheel Bearing Bushing to Bearing Conversion Kit fits Husqvarna, AYP, Poulan, Jonsered, Craftsman Sears Lawn Mower Garden Tractors
  • HD⚡SWITCH: Engineered Performance
  • ULTIMATE PROTECTION: Synthetic Formula Hi-Temp Grease With Wear-Resistant Additives
  • LONG LASTING: High Temperature Grease Rated to 400F
  • SUPERIOR UPGRADE: Premium HUB CAPS & Heat-Treated Hardware
BOLEWIN Lawn Tractor Front Wheel Axle Hardware Kit,Hub Cap, Washers, E-Clip 104757X428 121749X 532188967 R27434 for Craftsman Poulan Husqvarna
  • Aftermarket Axle Kit Replacement,Perfect Fit Your Original Equipment
  • Contains Snap Ring R27434 812000029; Hub Cap 532104757 21546023 532175039
  • Contains Washer M123254 532188967; Washer 532121749 532171038
  • Designed to Proper Fits & Functions
  • Made of High Quality Material for Long-Lasting Durability

But I decided to fix it once and for all.

With what we had at home, as always.

The angle grinder (this is a good one I`m using) with a metal cutting disc on it, a piece of 1,5 mm (16 gauge) binding wire and safety goggles with work gloves, of course.

Angle grinder, safety glasses & piece of wire
Angle grinder, safety glasses & piece of wire

A hacksaw instead of the grinder will do too, only would it take a bit more time.


Still. . . how to reunite the lawn mower and its wheel?

*Important! Wear personal protective equipment such as safety goggles and gloves to protect against hazards that may be encountered while using hand tools.

1. Unplug the lawn mower, if it is electric like mine, or disconnect the spark plug wire, if it is a petrol-powered lawn mower.

2. First, slide the wheel off the axle (if it is still holding on 🙄 ). Remove the axle off the mower. It can also be simply slid off.

3. Indent about 3 mm (1/8″) from the edge of the axle and cut an approximately 1 mm (3/64″) deep and 1 mm (3/64″) wide notch with the angle grinder or the hacksaw.

Wheel Axle with a notch
Wheel axle with a notch

4. Slide the axle shaft back on its place.

5. Slide the wheel back on its place.

6. Take an about 5 cm (2″) long piece of binding wire (or any hard wire you find at home) and bend it around the notch you made on the axle, applying pliers. I made two turns, because the binding wire is hard and inconvenient to operate, even using the pliers.

Fixed wheel Close-up
Fixed wheel Close-up

*Tip: Don`t apply oil, grease or any other lubricant to the axle, because dirt sticks to those.

The wire sticks in the notch on the axle and doesn’t let the wheel slide off even if you are an absolute hit-and-run lawn mower driver.

Fixed lawn mower wheel
Fixed lawn mower wheel

A little secret to a lush, green lawn

Mow and water your lawn oftentimes, because this is what lawn grass likes and weeds don’t. I discovered that with the leakage of the garden hose. The grass under it obviously was being watered consistently, growing fast and, consequently, I had to mow it time and again.

Pin for later!

Lush green lawn
Lush green lawn

Not a single piece of weed turned up on that patch, and the grass looked and felt like one of those shaggy and fluffy carpets with long fibres.

Kid on the fluffy 'carpet'
Kid on the fluffy ‘carpet’

But, as a lazy gardener, I water the grass at the evening of the day it was mowed and every once in a while after: less watering – slow growing – less mowing.

Lawn in our garden
Lawn in our garden

P.S. This post was inspired by a cousin of mine, who had the same problem and fixed it by this guidance faster than he read it 🙂 .

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