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Could be a few things, (1) is the belt designed for use on mower, car fan belts are not the same material (2) was new belt installed to tight to begin with if so it will stretch out and slip ( 3) is mover over used to it's designed purpose , I once new a guy that used his craftsman mower to move his 22 foot boat/trailer around he went thru lots of drive belts
and last but not least that cheaper belt might not be the best deal when getting replacement parts , all mine have 30 dollar kevlar belts (yes the bulletproof stuff) installed on them and i've no problems with belts

Posted on May 16, 2014

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SOURCE: Older model Ariens ride around lawn mower - drive belt slips off

it could be the belt has streched
check tensioner if has one and check all nuts and bolts tight

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: My deck belt on my 54 inch craftsman mower keeps

have you solved your problem yet? was the belt bought from sears or somewhere else? do you have a diagram for the belt instillation? these are a few thing i would ask you. i belive your belt is a 196103 style belt the problem with this is that there several manufactures that call there belts a 196103 some ar 11/16 other are 5/8 wide and the range in length from 147-1/4 up to 148-1/4. next if you reverse the install order around the center spindle and tensioner it will have too much slack if these two things aren't your problem i would look for worn pulleys especially in the shaft of the bearings or a misaligned/bent pulley

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

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there is a belt which drives the deck/blades, and another belt which transfers power to the transmission to move the mower. you do not specify which belt, but as they both have a tensioner, you need to locate the pulley which removes the slack from the belt and replace it and the spring which provides the tension. you had to release this tension in order to install the belt so you know exactly where it is. oftentimes a close examination will reveal that the belt was not put back on correctly. if it was slipping already, you replaced the belt and it is no better then replace the tension spring. if it was working fine and the belt broke due to wear and now it is a new belt and slipping i would closely examine the path of the belt all the way around and make sure it is in right. often times there are small dowel shaped steel keepers and guides which are supposed to hold the belt in but the belt has inadvertently been routed around them which makes it slip.

good luck

Posted on Apr 13, 2011

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