Best Vehicles for Towing

My name is Louis Alexander, and I want to thank you for stopping by my website. I have an active family that consists of my wife Janice, our three children, two dogs, three horses, and me. We needed not only a truck that could tow, but also one that would comfortably seat my family. We are on the road for many hours when traveling to horse shows or on camping trips. We needed a new vehicle. One that would be capable of towing our horse trailer and travel trailer. I did a great deal of research online before venturing out to test drive trucks. I learned a lot about tow capabilities and capacities. I also discovered some differences between trucks that ran on diesel and gasoline. I’m going to share some of the information I found out about trucks and hope you find it of value.

How To Remove A Tire From A Tractor

Automotive Blog

If you have a tractor with a flat or damaged tire, you are going to need to take it off in order to fix or replace the tire. Taking a tire off of a tractor is very similar to taking a tire off a regular vehicle. Here is what you are going to need to do.

Find A Flat Surface

The first thing you need to do is find a flat and even surface to park your tractor on. You don't want your tractor to roll or move when you are working on it, so make sure the surface is stable. You shouldn't try to change the tire out in the field. Even if the ground seems stable, your tractor could sink into the soft dirt when you have jacked up and could cause your tractor to tip over. Drive your tractor slowly back to your workshop or garage.

Secure Your Tractor

Once you have found a flat surface, you need to secure your tractor and make sure that it doesn't move. Place bricks or wooden blocks in front and behind all the tires that you are not going to be changing. This will prevent your tractor from rolling. Since your tractor is a lot heavier than a car or a truck, don't just use one small brick to keep your tires in place. Use a couple of large cinder blocks on each tire. If you are using wooden blocks, use the largest wooden block you have. You need something large and sturdy to keep your tractor in place if it slips for any reason. 

Take Off The Hub-Cap

Next, you need to take off the hubcap that is keeping your tire in place. You are going to need to use a tire iron to take the hubcap off your trailer. You are going to need to put the tire-iron under the edge of the rim, and then work slowly to loosen and pull of the hubcap. Work clockwise to loosen and remove the tire. Since the hubcap on your tractor is larger than that on a standard car, you are going to need to use a little extra force. You may need someone to assist you in order to get the additional leverage you'll need to remove the hub cap from your trailer. 

Take Of All Lug Nuts

Finally, take off every lug nuts holding the tire in place. You are going to need to use a lug wrench in order to remove each lug nut. The lug nuts on tractors tend to be larger than those on your other vehicles; you may need to purchase a larger lug nut to do this job. You may need to rinse the dirt off your lug nuts before you continue if they are covered in mud and dirt from the field.

In order to loosen the lug nuts, you are going to need to turn the wrench clockwise. It is common for lug nuts on tractors to become rusted since they get covered in mud and dirt out in the field. If your lug nuts are rusted, you may need to spray some lubricant on them and let it soak in before you can remove them. Make sure  you place the lug nuts aside so you can use them again.

Place The Jack

Don't use a regular jack; you are going to want to use an industrial jack that is designed to carry a lot of extra weight. If you only have a car jack, borrow or purchase an industrial jack that will be able to support your tractor. Place the jack under the metal frame of your tractor. Place it as close as possible to where your tire will be removed. There should be a specific spot on your tractor for your jack. You can find the spot by looking at your owner's manual. 

Once the jack is in place, crank it up until the tire you want to work on is suspended in the air and can freely spin around. Remove the damaged tire; you may want someone to help you with this step as tractor tires are really large. Then place the new tire on your tractor. You are going to need to first put the lug nuts back on, then the hub cab, before you lower your tractor and remove the jack. If you need assistance with this job you can take your tractor to your local mechanic, such as PDR Automotive Inc.


14 September 2015