At some point, with any tractor, you’re going to need to change a tyre. There are many reasons you may need to change a tractor tyre. If the tyre is burst, its tread is worn or it has a puncture, you will have to do something. Changing tyres is also a great way of maintaining tractors over time. With the right tyre, you can use your tractor to mow more easily and evenly, and also improve how well the tractor can tow objects.
Although changing a tractor tyre is different from changing a car tyre, it isn’t impossible. The first thing you need to do is to gather the right tools and follow the correct method. But what are they?
How To Change a Tractor Tyre
Here are the steps towards changing your tractor’s tyre:
1. Remove the Old Tyre
Park your tractor on a flat surface that is even. This allows you to use a floor jack to lift your tractor. Follow the directions on your jack, so your tractor is lifted and secure in the air. Once you have done this, it’s crucial to never remove the beads of an inflated tractor tyre from the rim. The tyre bead is the edge of a tyre where the wheel sits.
While you shouldn’t remove the tyre beads, you must remove the valve core. First, ensure the tractor tyre is completely deflated. If your tyre has removal notches, you can detach the beads from the tyre. When you’re removing a tractor tyre with a puncture, lubricate the rim seats and tyre beads. This will reduce the risk of any damage occurring to the tyre beads.
Remember, use the correct tools and you will make the job much easier and safer. Once you remove the old tractor tyre, it’s time to fit the new tyre.
2. Fit The New Tractor Tyre
There are many types of agricultural tyres. Make sure your new tyre is the right fit for your tractor. Ensure it’s:
- Suitable for the tractor.
- The rim seat’s diameter matches the seat of the tyre you’re fitting.
- Check the tractor manufacturer’s documentation to know if you can fit the tyre to the rim.
Once you have done these steps, ensure the tyre rim is clean and still in good condition. If the rim of the tyre is dirty, use a wire brush to thoroughly clean it. It’s essential to not fit a new tractor tyre if there are any signs of dirt or damage. Such as corrosion, pitting, substantial distortion, and cracks are some examples of damage.
After you’ve checked for dirt and damage, it’s time to begin fitting the tractor tyre.
- Place the valve/valve hole at the bottom of the tractor wheel.
- Position the bead breaker window away from the valve. This will ensure the valve doesn’t damage the tyre bead.
- Place the tyre onto the rim. This should mean the tyre beads are on the edge of the rim. You can use a lever or a similar tool to push the tyre bead over the edge of the rim, then push it into the deepest rim well. Once you have inserted the tyre onto the rim, you need to fix the valve. You can do this by lightly tightening the wheel nut.
- If you’re fitting an inner tube inside the tyre, inflate it and place it inside the tyre once all previous stages are completed.
3. Inflate the Tractor Tyre
You must safely inflate your tractor tyre. Otherwise, you run the risk of hurting yourself or damaging your tractor or tyre. Use a safety cage to secure the tractor tyre in place. Wear goggles, any necessary protective shoes, and clothing, and ear protection.
Stand as far away from the tractor’s rims as possible when inflating your tyre. If something goes wrong, this massively reduces the risk of injuring yourself. Another way to decrease the risk to yourself is by using an inflation gun.
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