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4 Signs It's Time To Change Your Lawn Mower Tires

Image via Flickr by Richard Berg After a few years of cutting grass, your lawn mower's tires could start to show wear and tear. Look for these three signs that it's time for you to replace those tires so you can mow your lawn safely.

Your Tread is Dead
Without good tread, your tires won't get traction on dry ground, let alone wet grass. Check the tread regularly to make sure your not working harder than necessary when you mow your lawn. Common wisdom says that you can check tread by inserting a penny into the groove. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, then you should change the tire. You can also use a tire gauge if you happen to own one.

You Spot Dry Rot
Rubber tires can last for years, but they will eventually get dry rot. If you don't mow very often, then you could get dry rot before the tread thins. Dry rot is a serious matter, especially if you use a riding lawnmower. You do not want to experience a blowout! You should check for dry rot even if you use a push mower. The rot makes them unreliable. You never know when they will fall apart. Check for dry rot by looking at the tire's sidewall and the lowest part of the tread surface. If you see cracks forming in the rubber, then you know it's time to replace the tire.

You Notice that the Lawn Mower Wobbles
Manufacturers design lawn mowers to wobble a little. If your lawn mower wobbles significantly, though, you should check the wheels. You might find that the axle nut needs adjusting, but might also find that one or more of the wheels has become uneven. Without stable wheels, your grass will look like someone with a bad haircut. Replacing damaged wheels could correct this problem.

You Lose Air Pressure Quickly
Considering that you only use your mower during warm seasons, you shouldn't have to put more air in its tires very often. Some air will leak during normal use, but many people find that they don't even need to refill tires every year. Losing air pressure quickly means you have a hole in the tire. If you don't replace it or have it patched, then you'll waste a lot of time filling it over and over. Have you ever left tires on a mower for way too long? Did anything bad happen because of the old tires? Share your thoughts in the comments below.