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Drive belt comes off the rear pulley.

Craftsman 42 inch riding mower 8 years old. This was a problem since new. I only wish I would have returned this lemon right away. The drive belt jumps out of the rear drive pulley and gets jambed up underneath the pulley. I have to remove the bagger and then take off the rear plate to get at the belt. I end up cutting the belt off and replacaing it with a new one. This happens every season. The Sears tech who came out the first time said they had problems with the drive belt jumping off the rear pulley. I wish I could fix this.

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Hi, this is a easy solution. on your drive pulley, there should be three belt keepers to keep the belt from coming off. ( belt keeper is a 1/4" dia. rod that goes over the pulley)

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If the bearings and pulleys are in good shape, alignment should be checked. Though with alignment problems you ran into bearing and even pulley problems also.

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