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I keep eating deck belts even after replacing the pully bearings. Is there another reason? Thanks Ron

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Is it the inside or the out side of the belt? This will give you a clue as to where to look for a problem.The belt path can be a little confusing. Some pulley's take the inside of the belt and others take the out side. You can get them reversed "easily" . Another thing to look for is a belt wobble stop bar on the "out feed" side of the engine pulley , if you get on the wrong side of this guide the belt will wobble and throw its self around. If you have changed the bearings then you must have inspected the pulley's for damage . Sharp edges Ect. Good luck Ron

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