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James W, Small Engine Troubleshooting Expert
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how do you replace a drive belt on a bolens riding lawn mower

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how do you replace a drive belt on a bolens riding lawn mower the belt broke and i have bought a new one and now i can't get this one on can you help?

James W :

Greetings, My name isXXXXX and I am here to help the best I can. My goal is 100% satisfaction. Let's get started.

James W :

Your bolens tractor was made by MTD

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often the insstructions for chaning the belts are in the owners manual

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but I think your model says

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see a DEALER

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This is not acceptible to me

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here is a complete service manual for your tractor

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all in one part or in pices

Customer:

yes it says see dealer

James W :

Idiotic

Customer:

how do i replace the belt

James W :

This Section of the DEALER ONLY Service manuakl will guide you through it all

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with full color pictures

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let me know if you have specific questions about the process

Customer:

is it a set screw in the nut that holds the pulley

James W :

Yes, but which pulely

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please load this manual part and look at it first

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I am not going anywhwere

Customer:

the big one under the battery

Customer:

this is the drive belt not the deck belt

James W :

OK

James W :

I knew that

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I wanted to make sure I sent you the right section of the manual and I did

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it only applies to the TWO drive belts

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I know of zero set screws

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should be a KEYED shaft

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and the pulley slides off the shaft if the bold in the bottom is removed

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BUT pay strict attention to the Adjustments for tension on the linkage

Customer:

the socket wont fit the bar is in the way

Customer:

the nut is a 7/8

James W :

So then you have to move to an open ended wrench

James W :

socket wrenches are wonderful

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but can not always use the same tool

Customer:

there is only three pulleys for the drive and no other way to get in there

Customer:

am i turning it to the left like we would always do to loosen or to the right like some do?

James W :

Is this the one where the instructions said to take the battery out to get to it?

Customer:

yes

James W :

And you took out the whole battery TRAY?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

i can see the big pulley but there isn't enough room to put in socket

James W :

And no pedal or lever moves this bar?

James W :

Then you may have to use an open ended wrench, or a special open ended wrench that has an angle to it.

James W :

AND, this may be why MTD said to see a dealer because

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not everyone will have these tools

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they have made to 700 series tractors for years

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but they have made modifications to them

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without updating the service manuals

Customer:

i don't know i moved the hieght bar and it squished the pulley closer to the gaurd have't tried any other levers

James W :

sometimes ANGLES and cosmetics is all the changes

James W :

but the access holes get harder to reach

James W :

Worth a LOOK

James W :

Might be better if the pulley was further from the guard

Customer:

yeah!

Customer:

i'm gone to check it out back after a few

James W :

OK

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