You Tube To The Rescue

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202024

The other day it wasn’t quite as hot, and I took advantage of that to replace the tire and wheel on the Husqvarna riding lawnmower. As I wrote before, the original tire had several punctures in the sidewall and was not salvageable. It was cheaper to buy a pair of tires already mounted on wheels from Amazon than it was to buy a single tire and have it mounted on the old rim locally.

I’ve changed more than a few car and pickup tires in my life, and at one time in my misspent youth I worked for Goodyear, maintaining and replacing tires at a bus garage. I quickly learned that I’m too lazy for physical work like that. But how hard could it be to change a riding lawnmower tire?

The first thing I noticed was that there were no lug nuts. No problem, YouTube is my friend, and I found several videos on how to do the job. It was actually pretty easy. The first step was to remove the rubber dust cap over the axle, then I had to remove a metal retainer clip that held the wheel in place, along with a washer.

Then it was a simple matter to pull the old wheel off, being careful not to misplace the long metal key that fit into slots on the axle and wheel.

Once I had it off, all I had to do was slide the key into the slot on the new wheel and make sure it lined up with the slot on the axle, and then slide the wheel on. The hardest part was replacing the spring steel metal clip. It had a little tab that also went into the same slot on the axle, as well as having to fit into a recessed circle on the axle. It took me several attempts to get it in place because it kept wanting to pop out, but I finally got it done and put the rubber cap back on and I was finished.

I want to replace the tire and wheel on the other side with the other new one I bought, and I’ll do that the next time it cools down a bit, whenever that might be

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her Northstar Angel’s series. It’s a contemporary Western romance about a woman who returns to her roots, desperate for the tranquility of the secluded valley and plagued by memories of her dead boyfriend and the advances of an obsessive former friend. When her over-protective uncle sends Patrick O’Neil “on vacation” to keep an eye on her she is annoyed, but finds herself irresistibly drawn to the haunted man with a kind smile and sad eyes. He may just be the best thing to ever happen to her…if she can convince him to stay.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This seems like a rather brutal way to deal with the problem if you ask me.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes the bad times in our life put us on a direct path to the very best times in our life.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “You Tube To The Rescue”

  1. hold off – you may have to use it on the one you just fixed!

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