Question about John Deere D130 22HP V-Twin Foot Pedal Hydrostatic 42 Riding Lawn Mower
How tight should belts be on mower deck and drive
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: john deere 316 belt
I am so far from expert...me answering this surprises me. However, I can...JD Small Engines has plenty of diagrams for the 316. Here's how a old single lady changes the belt on her 85 316. There is a bolt running from side to side of a black metal box...on the very front at the bottom of the mower below the grill. If you pull that out, just the front of the mower deck separates from the mower..slip the belt in and around the rear central pulley. Put the pin back in with the belt now around the back pulley and outside the part where the pin goes back in. Get a pneumatic tire jack and jack up the right (your left as you face the front of the machine) front pulley..try to catch the pulley armature or bolt so you don't torque the pulley. This releases the tensioner...thread the belt on the right pulley and reach up under the grill and put the belt over the front engine pulley....now all that's left is to get the belt over the left pulley. At this point, I remember having to either lower the deck to the ground or raise it up all the way...to the ground, I think as it wasn't already in the correct position. Once you start fussing with the left pulley, you will see it is spring loaded and easy to force the belt over if the right pulley is still on the jack. Really important to get the belt inside all the belt guides and lowering the deck before you frustrate yourself with getting the belt over the last pulley. When all is done, release the jack and everything tightens right up.
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Actually this is a fairly easy looking one to replace. If you go to John Deere parts and do a search for your tractor, in the parts listing it gives a pretty clear picture of the routing and configuration of the belt as it should go on, you might want to print it out to have nearby while you are working on it. You will need to remove the mowing deck to get at it and possibly some large blocks to elevate the tractor to give yourself room to work.
Look closely at the old belt if it is still on the tractor to get an idea what is involved BEFORE you start, comparing it with the picture. You will need to loosen and move or remove the belt guards and do be careful of the nylon fan on top of your transaxle
Posted on Oct 11, 2009
They wear out. How old is the mower? Mine just gave out this week in the peak of hay season. (my grass) The wire can be unhooked from the PTO clutch and a 12 volt jumper can test it, if it jumps, it is good, if not, it is shorted out, they are expensive, I found 3 of them all the wrong size for mine. Try to find the same one. Ebay has a couple on there right now. Check it out.
Posted on Jun 10, 2010
I have found the manual at JD's website. Click the link and scroll down in the left column until you find the heading for replacing the belt. I contains big, clear photos. Here is the link:
You can copy it into your browser window or type it in. I sure hope this helps you out. If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know:)
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
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