How to Remove the Front Wheel From a John Deere Gator


John Deere Gators are small, gasoline-powered, all-terrain utility vehicles that have four to six wheels with inflatable rubber tires. They often have a rear bed similar to a pickup truck. Due to the uncertain terrain on which the Gator travels, flat tires are not uncommon. Like a car or truck, a Gator should not be driven on a flat tire if it can be avoided, and the tire should be changed as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Snap ring pliers
  • Park the Gator on a flat, solid surface and engage the parking brake. Turn off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.

  • Place a jack under the frame of the Gator on the side of the damaged tire.

  • Lift the Gator using the jack following the manufacturer's instructions, then slide the jack stand under the frame. Lower the Gator onto the jack stand, then remove the jack.

  • Pull the yellow cap off of the center of the wheel axle using your fingers.

  • Insert the two prongs on the end of the snap ring pliers into the two holes on the snap ring, located on the axle.

  • Squeeze the pliers, then remove the snap ring.

  • Slide the wheel off of the axle.

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  • Ian Gutoskie, Service Manager; Central Florida Power Equipment; Kissimmee, Florida
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