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I change the deck belt about 6 times the mower will cut the belt and the belt slip off the track, also the tension spring keep broke 3 timas.

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Most likely problem something is bent on the deck or a cracked support holding one of the pulleys that the belt is traveling on, if the keep is breaking the spring might be pulling the pulley out of alignment or the bearing is heating up and burning thru the belt

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