Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Removing wheel


I have a homelite 12/39 ridem mower.  Trying to remove the rear wheel to fix a flat tire.  I have removed the clip on the axle but the wheel doesn't want to come off.  I don't want to pound too hard and wreck anything.

You Tube video on removing a stuck on wheel.

You can drill a couple of holes near the center of the rim and use a puller.  Do NOT drill too high on the rim as you can drill a hole in the rim housing that will leak air.

Try the oil first...soak, soak and soak.  You can use a light hammer and punch and tap around the center of the wheel to help the oil soak into the axle/rim.  The vibration from the light tapping can help the penetrating oil break up the rust.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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