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Since you`ll likely only replace your serpentine belt once during the life of your car, it`s generally recommended to take your car to a professional mechanic. You can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if you drive on the road with an improperly installed serpentine belt.
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.
Whatever you call it, its function is to transfer power from the engine to the transaxles, powering the drive wheels on a zero turn lawn mower. Without this belt, the wheels wouldn`t turn, and that`s why it`s important to check this belt for cracks and other signs of wear often and to replace when necessary.
Lay the belt on a clean, flat surface. Start the tape measure at the hole you use and measure to the end of the belt, where it meets the buckle. Belts are measured in inches and you should round to the nearest inch. If you measure 36 inches, you will want to purchase a size 36 belt.
The first digit indicates an eight-rib belt, followed by “P” to identify metric belt sizing, and a “K” showing that this belt conforms to the SAE standard for rib sizing (3.56 millimeters wide for automotive-type serpentine belts). The final series of numbers is the effective length of the belt, given in millimeters.
An over-tightened belt can burn out any bearing that the belt rotates on, including alternator, power steering pump, A/C compressor, idler pulleys, etc. An over-tightened timing belt can ruin any pulley bearing it is connected with.
When the engine is running, the crankshaft pulley turns, allows in drive belt to turn all of the other pulleys it is attached to. There are two kinds of drive belts: V-belts and serpentine belts.
The belt is what transfers the power from the engine to the blades in order for the blades to circulate and cut your grass. Without a mower belt, the blades will not be able to spin and do their job.
Hold the belt between finger and thumb at this point and move it from side to side. See how much it deflects at the centre of the run. If it moves more than 1/2 in. (13 mm) it is too slack – any less movement and it is too tight.
Where can I find a belt routing diagram for my engine? A: Commonly a belt routing diagram sticker is on the underside of the hood or in the engine compartment. If there is no diagram, make a sketch of the belt and pulleys before removing the belt. This will help you re-route the new belt correctly.
Unexpected noise: A squealing noise often indicates slippage between the belts and the pulleys. A chirping sound could stem from misalignment of a pulley or drive belt, as well as a host of other issues. Tensile failure: A common indicator of misalignment, tensile failure may be due to uneven cord loading.
What Are the Most Used Methods to Align Belts and Pulleys? The most common methods used for aligning belts and pulleys are hand tools such as a straight edge or feeler gauge, a laser pulley alignment tool, or a belt alignment system.
1 Answer. Worth Family no it will not. It will not move but should still start. Check for spark and check for fuel.
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.
The blade drive belt connects the engine pulley to the mower deck pulleys and spins the cutting blades.
To replace the output belt also known as a toothed belt or timed belt, we need to remove the deck from the mower. It`s not difficult to do, and the whole job shouldn`t take more than an hour.
The Math of Pulley Sizing

In the example below, the pump RPM is 1070, for full output, while the motor is 1750 RPM. If the drive pulley on the engine is 4 inches in diameter, we need to calculate 4/. 315 = 12.70. This means that the pump pulley must be 12.70 inches, in diameter, to run the pump at 1070 rpm.

How Long Can A Car Engine Run With A Broken Serpentine Belt? There are a couple of factors influencing the answer to this question, but on average, your car should be able to run between 20-90 minutes with a broken serpentine belt.
There is no specific time length that mower belts need to be replaced. Some belts may last longer than others due to different operating conditions. One thing is for certain though, the more the mower is used, the sooner you will need to consider replacing the mower belt.
Removal of the deck would be extremely helpful when replacing any belt on the lawn mower. On some models you may not have to for the two lower belts, but it would still make the replacement procedure quicker and easier.

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Hi trying to put a new motion belt on a poulan pro 300 ex… have an instruction manual but it’s not clear if the diagram is shown top down or from the bottom as you look at it. Any ideas?
ANSWER : On most mowers the drive belt is on top and the blade belt is the lower one.don’t forget to vote for me.thanks

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Diagram for belt replacement on 1988 Toyota Tercel
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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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Drive belt pattern – Husqvarna Lawn Tractor – 54in. Deck, 26 HP, Model# LGT2654
ANSWER : Go on the web to www.milacalawn.com/partsasp they have the factory diagrams for any parts you may need for your Husqvarna tractor and a belt diagram for the deck… Hope this helps…. ;-D

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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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Mower belt diagram – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : You can get a belt diagram from


just follow the leads, and have your model number handy, you will need it.

you can also get this from ayp.com

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Need to know how long the beltis on model no 917273012
ANSWER : Go to www.searspartsdirect.com and type in your model # and it will tell you which belt you need.

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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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