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Flat tire on MTD 31A-32AD762

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I have a MTD 31A-32AD762 snowblower with a flat tire. When I try to remove the bolt that appears to be holding it on, the whole axle and the wheel on the opposite side turns at the same time.

Is the idea to keep that other wheel from turning with another 1/2" wrench, or is there some other trick?

This is a tubless tire, correct? So if I just work to keep the tire on the rim while inflating it, it should be okay, right? Or will I need a new tire?
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hold the tire while loosening the bolt or put the transmission in gear to lock up the Axle, then loosen the bolt
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hold the tire while loosening the bolt or put the transmission in gear to lock up the Axle, then loosen the bolt
I managed to get it. I didn't expect it to be so tight throughout the whole process of loosening it.

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Some of those MTD axle bolts have thread locker on them. Most modern tires are tubeless. You can still add a tube if you want though. If you look up bead seating on youtube you can find various tricks for getting the tires started. Usually they involve a rope / belt or ratchet strap tied around the circumference of the wheel. There is the starter fluid trick too, but that can cause the tires to blow up in your face.

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Some of those MTD axle bolts have thread locker on them. Most modern tires are tubeless. You can still add a tube if you want though. If you look up bead setting on youtube you can find various tricks for getting the tires started. Usually they involve a rope / belt or ratchet strap tied around the circumference of the wheel. There is the starter fluid trick too, but that can cause the tires to blow up in your face.

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I'll try to muscle a tire onto the rim if I can and use a ratcheting tie down around it to try and expand it to seat too but there are times I end up with a can of starting fluid.

Lay the assembly on the ground, just barely hit the nozzle for a fraction of a second sending a little spritz of fluid between the rim and bead into the tire and then toss a match at it. DON'T hold the match and take it to the wheel !!

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I have a dog cage that my boy Max no longer uses.I put tires in the cage when using the explosion method. If you have something like that, and have to use the fire method, be safe. Think inside the box.
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Here are my tips hope they help. Also after doing many tire on rim mounting I've found that the more pry bars the better. I use four. The flatter the bar the better. First one is held by my foot. Second one further away then after that pry by inch or or less increments. Over pry with to big of a bite and you can put a dent or gouge in the rim and have yourself a slow leak. I also clean the inside bead of rim. It will most likely be porous with rust and dirt. Also a tacky coat of spray paint works excellent as a bead sealant.
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you can also try slapping the tire on both sides while somebody else adds air
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Thanks everyone for your help. I got it working by using the ratchet strap method, which was quite easy.

I first tried the starter fluid/match method. The first attempt resulted in a big poof, and almost got it, but not quite. The subsequent times just resulted in the tire slightly catching fire, lol.
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