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PROBLEM REMOVING LOCKING NUT ON IDLER PULLEY CARRIAGE BOLT

Craftsman lt3000 42" mower deck. replaced pto clutch cable..and installed the new carriage bolt included in the kit, however had a terrible time removing the locking nut from the old carriage bolt and a difficult time tightening that nut on the new bolt. I finally used vise grips to hold the bolt and the pulley guard tight to the idler arm because it didn't matter if the bolt got screwed up...now I want to replace idler arm and brakes and have gotten bolt most of the way off, but can't find a way to hold that bolt and guard close to the idler arm to finish the job...got to be a trick to this, but I haven't found it

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Compare the new pulley to the old one. I think you'll find you have been supplied with the wrong pulley.

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Posted on Jun 10, 2008

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I think your best bet would be a junkyard or used parts like You Pull It.There seems to be no store that has the bolt. there are plenty that have the pully.

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Hello jejodaro:

>>You have to Hold the Shaft on the Blade Side with a Pipe or Strap Wrench or Depending on the Model, you can Block the Blade an Hold the Shaft so the Pulley Nut can be Loosened/Removed.
>>If you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance. Hope this Helps. Let me Know What Happens, Please. May the All Mighty Bless You and Yours. Be Safe and Happy. Thanks.

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Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: MTD Lawn Tractor: Constantly shredding deck belt...

I have the exact same model MTD tractor with same problem. It began when the bolt that extends through the idler arm assembly broke and subsequently damaged the pulley. Upon examination of the broken bolt, I found that the threaded end that extends below the deck is significantly smaller that the rest of the bolt. I got a larger bolt with the same size threads, bored out the hole through the deck and it made the whole idler assembly much stronger. the deck still has some vibration and some unusual belt harmonics, but it appears to be working. Compared to most other tractors of this size, this deck is very complicated.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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Did you obtain the correct replacement belt AND pulley. Double check your part numbers against the parts list for your machine. If you verify that they are correct, double check the belt routing, make sure it didn't get on the wrong side of a belt guide and is in the correct configuration. Look at your idler pulley and make sure the release spring is doing its job pulling it back from the applied position. Make sure that the arm for the pulley moves freely where it is bolted to the deck, it could be bound up with rust or debris. You should have a lot of slack in the belt when it is in the released position. If it does not then either it is the wrong part or improper installation

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