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I have a 36" ride on mower. I've replaced the blade drive belt three times and I'm still have problems with the belt burning out while I'm driving the mower (not actually mowing). It seems to be burning out at the pulley attached to the engine. It is the same belt listed on the parts listing. I'm not looking forward to purchasing another mower. Does anyone have a good solution to fix this problem? Thanks

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bad pulley bearing or seized pulley making the belt "slide" over the pulley and burning or a seized "load" somewhere on the belt run. if everything is turning the belt won't burn. the burn is usually at the drive point meaning the load pulleys are not turning allowing the belt to move

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Replacing Riding Lawnmower Blade Belts.

I discovered on a Craftman Riding 3 bladed mower that there is an easy way to replace the belt for the blade pulleys.

The mandrel cover of the Left side blade is the only part you need to remove to replace the belt. You can insert the belt under the right side mandrel cover and onto the clutch pulley before finishing on the left side of the mower.

The tensioner or idler pulleys will contract when you pull on the belt. When you get to the left blade pulley you can turn the pulley with one hand and guide the belt with the other hand. The belt will walk right up onto the pulley. Attach the cover and you're done.

I like my method because you can stay away from a hot engine and replace the belt without waiting for the motor to cool off. You are also not fighting the mower clutch or drivebelt with my method.

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I would check to make sure that that the belt isn't pinched somewhere around the pulleys. See if they are movable with mower disengaged and off. If they are hard to move, they most likely have pressure keeping them from moving.
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First, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You'll need a wrench, work gloves, mower blade clamp, drain pan and fresh fuel. Check your owner's manual for the correct belt to your specific lawn mower. Belts that are not specifically designed for your mower will not fit properly and may wear down prematurely. Next, remove the spark plug wire. This is a safety precaution to prevent the mower from accidentally starting.
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Hello. REmove the deck from your mower so you can easily get at the belt and the blade. Make a drawing of how the belt is installed so you can install the new one the same way, loosen the idler pulley and remove the belt. Generally you have to remove a couple of parts to get the old belt off in one piece and get the new one on. You will need a set of socket wrences. To replace the blade use a block of wood to hold the old blade stationary and a large socket wrench to loosen the nut holding the blade in place.

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Here's what I have run into many times when all adjustments are correct. If it is not an original equipment belt after market belts vary in length. Which means most times they are usually a bit short. In this case you have two outs. One is to live with it which is not always safe and two get an original equipment belt from a dealer or the manufacture.Good luck.

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