Hello and welcome to Just Answer,
To replace the belt you need to remove the electric clutch and pulley from the bottom of the engine. If you have air tools that is the best way to get the bolt out of the bottom of the pulley. Unplug the wires first. Once you have those off press the brake pedal in and set the parking brake. That will put tension in the belt. Remove the belt from the idler pulleys and the drive pulley on the top of the transmission and then install the new belt as shown in this picture. Put the pulley back on and then the clutch and then plug in the wires.
Can you please tell me what numbered parts are what? I need to know
if I'm taking apart the right pieces you are talking about. If you can do
that for me, I think I can probably do this, but I don't have a parts book
to know which parts you are talking about.
So #'s 6, 9 and 11 are the only parts I need to take off, is that correct?
If that is the case, I might just be able to pull this off.
Thank You Again, but please answer,
Thank You very much for all your help. I will gladly accept your
answer, but I may have to re-contact you if I have problems, ok?
I should be able to do this, but there are always problems in
doing this kind of stuff. That I have learned over the years.
Thank You Again,
This is a follow up question for JR as he just helped me with a
problem. JR, there is a rod that comes from the bottom of the
mower and passes through a plate and connects to a larger
gear with a smaller gear on the end of the rod. That belt can't
pass through that rod. Also, item #20 at the back of the belt
will not allow the belt to come off. Can that be adjusted to get
the belt off?
The steering shaft has a plastic retainer on the bottom of the mower where
it comes out and on the end of the shaft about the plate where the steering
gear is. Do both of these need to be loosened? I did get that item #20 out,
but it was not easy. I also took the nut off the bottom of the steering shaft,
but those plastic retainers don't allow it to move up or down.
JR, I got the belt off and replaced and put the mower deck back on.
Now I have another problem.........the mower deck belts are turing
even without me engaging the PTO on the top of the mower. I'm
sure I have everything right, but apparently not. The mower will
not run and move with just the drive belt, all the belts are moving
and the PTO is not engaged. Very confused...................
The deck belt or the drive belt? Which sounds like it is wrong? The mower
won't even start now so something is very wrong and it feels very rough
when it did run. That drive belt can only go on one way, right? I assume the
"V" should face in towards the pullys, the only exception would be on the
one idler pully. I never touched deck belt so I do not believe that could be
a problem but now I am very concerned because the mower will not start.
I just took off the deck to see what would happen. The drive belt
works fine and the mower started just fine, but, that big main
pulley in the from, the bottom one, is spinning like a top and that
should not be correct? I will take it off to make sure I did put
in on the right way. I cannot find any wire that seem to be wedged
or unplugged. I think the problem may be in this from pulley.
I will check to see if it is on the right way
JR, The pulley is on the right way and still spinning like a top, but it would
almost have to in order to turn with the drive belt right? The question is,
why is it turning the deck belts also? I rechecked the drive belt and it is
routed the way it has to be, nothing is loose or out of place. This is getting
very frustrating and confusing.
Hey JR, let me throw this at you......that drive belt is new and not streched out.
Could it be the deck belt is to tight and causing those pulleys to turn? If this
sounds resonable, how would I loosen or readjust the deck belt?
If the deck belt is too tight it can make the pulleys spin all of the time. Check the belt routing. The owners manual will also tell you about the deck as well. Here is a link to it.