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Something underneath your unit is frozen or locked up. Make sure all pulleys are turning before mounting new belt and make sure belt routing is correct and no binding on a guard or something of that nature. Good Luck…

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A common cause of belt breakage is excessive grass clippings on the deck. Grass clippings can work their way under pulleys and deck covers, causing series problems. Make sure to clean off your deck after every mower use and follow manufacturer recommendations.
Whenever the blade is engaged, it rotates on a crankshaft to cut the grass. But if there is interference in this rotation, the engine can overload and shut off or lose power. Check the crankshaft connection to see if it rotates freely. Inspect the connecting hardware for damage or rust.
A perfectly tight mower belt can rotate without slipping off but not cause the engine to over-exert and overheat. If the belt does not slip off while working and is not producing unfavorable sounds that indicate wearing off of the belt, then that is the perfect tightness for it.
Spin burn can be cause by worn or damaged pulleys, and incorrect tensioning, which can wreak havoc on your belts causing damage and ultimately, premature failure.
Improper belt tension is an obvious cause of slippage, which generates unwanted heat. Less obvious causes include misalignment, worn sheaves, or foreign material such as dirt, oil, or water. Unusually severe operating conditions or improperly designed drives also cause high belt temperatures.
A: Your mower has two belts. Both play a role in making the blades turn. The “Deck Belt” goes around the pulleys right above the blades on the deck and then to a double pulley. The “Drive Belt” on your mower goes from the transmission, around an Idler pulley then over to the double pulley I mentioned before.
Improper Tension of V-Belts

If a belt is not tensioned properly, it will ride too loose or too tight on the pulley. A belt that`s too loose on a pulley will cause slippage, which leads to heat build up from friction. This heat will damage your rubber belts and cause the belts to crack and break.

A squealing or noisy belt is one of the most common symptoms of a slipping or worn serpentine belt. Squealing can be more pronounced when you`re climbing a hill and running your heater or air conditioning at the same time. Squealing can also occur after you drive over deep puddles or have an undercarriage car wash.

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Need a diagram for craftsman 44″ riding mower drive belt. Mine threw belt and cannot locate original manual.
ANSWER : If you can find the model number of your mower, you should be able to find your manual here. I hope this helps.http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

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I have a Craftsman 18hp Kohler engine. What is
ANSWER : There is no clutch drive belt needs replacing cost of drive belt $20.00

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Drive belt Have replace drive belt but mower still has no forward movement. Mower is only 2 years old but its already had to have another drive belt installed by the dealer last year. wanted to do it myself but when i install belt theres hardly any tension so mower doesnt move. Checked and rechecked the diagram and is installed correctly. Cant find a tensioner adjustment if it has one.
ANSWER : I don’t have an answer for you, but Do you have a diagram of the Drive Belt?

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Need to replace drive belt.Never replaced. 42′ Craftsman riding lawn mower. How difficult is this. How do you access rear drive pully
ANSWER : Take a look at how the belt is installed. Then you will have to remove the mower deck and belt from the pulley on the engine. There is probably something by the engine pulley that you will have to remove so the belt will come off. It might be a shoulder bold or a rod with a bolt holding it on. Same with the rear pulley. Then you just have to put the belt on one pulley and watch your fingers so you don’t pinch them and turn the other pulley and the belt should go on. reinstall any bolts you removed and install the deck.

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What would cause my craftsman lt 1000 to chew up ground drive belt?
ANSWER : A bad pulley – bent- binding bearing-loose belt guides

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Runs but blades wont activate – Craftsman 21 Hp 42" Deck, Ys 4500 Lawn Tractor
ANSWER : The drive belt on my YS 4500 keeps coming off. You need to put it back on, by hand, if it’s not too hot. You just need to find the route of the belt.

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Drive belt popped off by limb i ran over need drive belt diagram
ANSWER : I’ve got a manual. Can I fax to you copy of diagram? Send your info to my fax no. 209-394-0868.

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I have problem with pulles an my craftsman 17 hp 42in
ANSWER : YOU MUST USE SEARS BELTS ! THERE A ODD SIZE

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