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How to replace a rear wheel that wobbles on a walk behind Craftsman mower

Craftsman walk behind mower rear wheel part number informaiton and picture

The Craftsman walk behind mower developed a slight wobble last year and my short cut solution was to add a couple of large flat washers to fill in the space where the plastic was broken.

Turns out it was not such a great idea. The wobble got a little bit worse each time I used it and for some reason I got stuck on upgrading both rear wheels to a more sturdy pneumatic version and forgot the simple route of looking up the part number and ordering the original wheel from Sears.

It's hard enough to push this thing through heavy grass and weeds and over uneven terrain without making it harder with a wheel that wobbles. Take my advice and replace a wobbly wheel sooner than later. Our Craftsman walk behind mulching mower rear wheel part number ended up being 151155 and after shipping it cost about the same as an engine cable.

Update:I got the part number wrong-It's 189159 and it comes with 2 metal bearings.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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No one could say you didn't try to be resourceful, at least you didn't throw out the whole mower like some people would. Great shot of your garden area too, glad to see everything is falling in place for the both of you.
Comment by Zimmy Wed Apr 27 12:26:51 2011
Actually, Mark has the mower running even better this year! I started it with one very girly pull last week. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Apr 27 14:50:51 2011

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