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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.
A bypass lever is located on the back of the frame, pull out on the lever to move the mower and push it back in before mowing.
A loose drive belt will often be noisy, squeaking a bit, or emitting a high-pitched squeal. The most obvious sign of a loose drive belt, though, is in its appearance and tension. A loose belt, simply stated, looks and feels loose.
Put it to the Flex Test

Your serpentine belt should be bendable without creating creases in the belt. If you have the belt off the engine, flip it so the toothed-side is exposed and bend the belt. If you see even minor cracks or stretches, it is time for a new one.

Burned or Glazed Side Wall: As the mower belt continues to get used, the belt will wear down. As a mower belt wears down, the side wall of the belt will begin to look burned or glazed. This is another sign that your belt is worn and needs to be replaced.
The signs of a loose mower deck belt include the mower belt slipping, the belt coming off the pulleys, a stretched belt, excessive vibration of the deck belt, a high pitched noise, rapid signs of wear and tear, and a shiny and glazed belt, among others.

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Need to find out whitch way the drive belts go on the mower ? its a 5 speed sit on ride mower my son took the drive belts off and didnt take note how the came off !!
ANSWER : CAN YOU SEND ME THE MODEL AND SER# AND ILL SEND YOU A COPY

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What size for a 611 deutz allis 42 in deck – Mtd Drive Belt 42"
ANSWER : Go to simpletractors.com they may have the answer for you !

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Need the mower deck belt size for a allis chalmers t-811 lawn mower
ANSWER : 42″ deck 1/2 x 120 P/N 1668066SM
48″ deck 1/2 x 126 P/N 1703466SM

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Why the engagement belt keeps falling off – Ariens 42" 19HP Lawn Tractor
ANSWER : Your idler pulley spring broke or come unhook.

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Wont blow the snow
ANSWER : Most of the time this is because of a worn belt or tensioner out of adjustment.

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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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Why doesn’t the shifter on my 42″mtd mower not effect the trans?
ANSWER : If the tractor has a hydro-static transmission. There is a rod at the back to make tractor roll easy for pushing. Rod out for neutral.Rod in for drive ingaged.

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Blower does not go forward
ANSWER : Check drive belts and pulleys. replace as required.

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