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Missing springs on deck pullies need diagram of deck for springs

I have replaced the belts twice and because there is a missing spring or two on the pullies they bind up when engaged and burn up the belt at the pto pully. I can not locate my service manual that came with the mower. Thank you for any help on this matter. Robert Matott

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  • Dwain Pippen May 11, 2010

    What is the model # under the seat?

  • Jane Stanley Aug 24, 2013

    we replaced the belts but in the manual it does not show where the springs go to the 46 inch huskee lawn mower

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Go to www.managemyhome.com and download the owners manual.
After that I would go to www.searspartsdirect.com and look at the pictures of your mower deck (again you need the model #). Once you figure out what you  need then all you have to do is order then from sears.
Good luck!

Posted on May 21, 2009

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