Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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The wheel has a bushing in the center of it. It sounds like the bushing from the old wheel is stuck on the axle or shaft. You will need to remove the bushing from the axle or shaft in order to fit the new wheel back on properly. Sometimes you can do this with a set of channel lock pliers and twist or turn the old bushing as you pull on it to remove it. You can also grip the old bushing with a set of vise grips just be careful to not clamp onto the old bushing too tight because you can actually crimp it and make it almost impossible to remove. You may try even just a little bit of heat from a hair dryer or a heat gun even to help free it.
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