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How do you replace a belt to a riding lawn mower?

My belt the moves my blades to the riding lawn mower has broken. I would like to repair it myself. How do I do this?

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  • old fart58 May 11, 2010

    What kind of mower is it? Some models can be involved.

  • Dwain Pippen May 11, 2010

    You have to post the model number under the seat. There are too many different configurations on decks.

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Basically, it is not a big job.
First thing to do is take the key out of the ignition Switch.
Secondly, Lower the deck to it's lowest position. Look for a belt that runs from the motor pulley to the deck. Now have someone move the lever that engages the blades.
A set of pullets should move when the lever is moved.
You need to get these pulleys unhooked from the cable or lever or both. Now you should be able to remove the worn belt.
Installation is the reverse of this. With the belt removed you should check the pulleys for wear on the bearings, especially the ones that the blades mount to.

You can also go to You Tube and search for lawnmower belt remove. There are about 1,000 or so there.
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Hi,
You will need to get some information from your mower. Click on this link to get started:

http://www.outdoordistributors.com/MTD/MTDpartslists.html

Good luck!

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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Maintaining Riding Mowers Regular maintenance can reduce repairs. pagetools_04a.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
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Components of a typical riding lawn mower. (click to enlarge)
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A riding lawn mower is a gas-powered machine for cutting grass. The engine turns a rotating blade that cuts the top off the grass blades to a specified height. The operator sits atop the mower on a tractor-type seat with speed and height controls nearby. Riding mowers also can be used to pull small utility carts for other yard jobs.

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  2. Place scrap lumber under the front and rear of the deck.
  3. Use the deck lever to lower the deck.
  4. Remove attachments from the deck.
  5. Remove the blade drive belt from the front pulley.
  6. Remove the front and rear deck fasteners, following instructions in your owner's manual.
  7. Use the deck lever to raise the deck.
  8. Remove the scrap lumber.
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  4. Loosen the adjustable idler pulley and move it slightly toward the rear of the mower to tighten it[md]or move it toward the front to loosen it—and retighten the pulley.
  5. Replace the belt.
  6. Check belt tension and readjust as needed.

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