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My LTX 1045 blades stop turning the lower the deck goes. It…

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My LTX 1045 blades...

My LTX 1045 blades stop turning the lower the deck goes. It has 35 hours its roughly 6 years old and I just changed the belt.

Mechanic's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?

2 months

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

It depends on the work involved.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Is your new belt an OEM belt or an aftermarket belt?
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
OEM I believe. Also I need to be sure what I'm being charged for this.
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I didn't join some recurring membership did I? Typing is fine by me rather than calling.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
I am not sure about the charges. Our customer service department can assist you with questions about charges.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
The phone call is only optional.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
You and I can work without the phone call.
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Ok let's chat about my mower problems.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Awesome!
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
It is very likely that your spindle pulleys are worn.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Although your belt is new, it will not be tight enough if your pulleys are worn.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Also, if your pulleys are worn, your belt will ride deeper in your pulleys v-grooves, causing your belt to slip.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Check your idler pulleys for loosen or worn bearings. Check your spindle pulleys for wear.
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Ok can you estimate what a bunch of pulleys cost and if I can fix it myself?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Sure, you can fix this yourself. This repair is not very difficult. You will need to remove your deck. I will need the model numbers from under your seat, in order to look up your pulleys.
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
918-04865A
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
The numbers you posted are part numbers. I need your model numbers. They are located under your seat.
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Sorry here you go, 13WX91AT056.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
Thanks!
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
I will pull up a diagram of your deck.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

You have two idler pulleys and two spindle pulleys. Also, check the double pulley under your engine for wear.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
sounds and looks expensive
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

You can possibly save 50% if you purchase your pulleys from eBay.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
thanks
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

You are very welcome! If your idler pulleys are okay, I would only replace both spindle pulleys and the pulley that volts to your crankshaft.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Looks like a complicated job.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

If you decide to make the repairs yourself, I suggest that you take pictures and make notes as you remove parts. This will make reassembly much easier.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Is this a common problem with this model?
Its had 35 rough hours/6 years. The blower doesn't work well. The tube thats goes to the bags isn't sealed well enough.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

I wouldn’t say common, but I will say that after six years of use, it is very likely that your pulleys are worn to the point of needing to be replaced.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

Do you have an impact wrench?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
no
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

It will be easier to remove the nuts on your spindles, if you could use an impact wrench.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
ok thanks
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

You’re welcome. Your deck is fairly easy to remove.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Yeah I've had to remove a few times. I'm thinking that maybe I will look into replacing the whole mower. One with a better bagging system.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

Take your time when shopping around for mowers. You will find a suitable mower that will meet your needs.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks for the help and advice.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 months ago

You are very welcome! I hope all goes well for you. When you have an opportunity, please take a moment to rate my assistance. Thanks again!

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