Whether you need to replace a front tire, or just repair it, you'll need to remove it from the lawn tractor. Unlike taking a tire off a car, a tractor tire is simply slid onto the axle. It's then secured with a snap ring. That's all there is to it. So, all you need are some tools to remove the tire. Even if you don't know all the mechanics of a lawn tractor, you can still perform this task in just a matter of minutes.
Put on a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes. Look underneath the front of the tractor with a flashlight or a trouble light. Locate the front hanger bracket which is in the middle of the tractor, behind the front frame piece.
Place a jack underneath the John Deere lawn tractor at the end of the front hanger bracket. Raise the jack up until the front tires are just off the ground.
Place a jack stand under each side of the front frame where the axle connectors are attached.
Place a block behind each rear tire to prevent the John Deere lawn tractor from moving and sliding off the jack.
Use a flat-blade screwdriver to carefully pry the plastic center cap off the front wheel. Use the pliers to remove the snap ring from the end of the axle. The tips of the pliers fit into the holes on the ring so you can pull it off.
Slide the tire off the axle of the John Deere lawn tractor.