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How do I change the drive belt on cub cadet 1042

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  • susandbeau Sep 10, 2009

    thanks, everything went as you directed. question, does the bottom engine pulley [for belt to deck] turn by hand [hard] or do I need to tighten bolt tighter. thanks
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  • susandbeau Sep 10, 2009

    thanks, great advice

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Go to this web site and you can get the manual that shows step by step instructions to change the belt.

http://manuals.mtdproducts.com/mtd/public/list.jsp?BrandCode=10051

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    Craig Butler Sep 10, 2009

    Do not over tighten. It could load the bearing in the pulley. It will turn by hand, just make sure it is tight and belt tension is good. The belt should deflect and inch or so when you push in on it with a finger.It is important to not over tighten any of these as it will 'pre load' the bearings.

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For this, you need to remove the deck, preferably put the front wheels up on blocks or stands, unplug the PTO power (directly under the engine, which can be a pain ), use an impact wrench (you need the speed of the impact wrench because the engine will turn) and a 5/8" socket and reverse the bolt out of the PTO. If you don't have an impact wrench take a spark plug out and push rope into the hole. This will bind the cylinder and keep the drive shaft from turning. Remove rope and replace plug when finished. Battery and/or spark plug wires should be removed for this process for safety.

The PTO may be stuck on there so you may want to tap it with a hammer and a block of wood carefully to release it. Loosen old belt from tensioner pulley. Lower engine pully on drive shaft, below pully "keys". It may be difficult to remove. Spray with "PB Blaster" or similar bolt loosener spray. Remove old belt from engine pulley first, transmission pulley last. Remember how belt goes around pulleys before doing so, draw a map if needed.

You'll need to put the belt on the transmission pulley first then thread the belt up to the engine pulley. Thread your belt back through the pulleys and tensioner (make sure your spring is strong enough to tension the belt or buy a new one).

The PTO is "keyed" on the shaft. Replace bolt and washer. Torque bolt to 38-50 ft. lbs. using the rope meathod as described before. Put your deck back on and you're ready to mow again. Give yourself an hour for this one.

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