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Can not get mower belt on

The electric clutch on engine and blade tower bearings are good shape but the idler belt tension pulley seems to be out of line and belt came off and will not stay on

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Is the belt the right length for the mower? Make sure the belt is correct for your mower and that it fits the pulleys correctly.

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Replacing Riding Lawnmower Blade Belts.


I discovered on a Craftman Riding 3 bladed mower that there is an easy way to replace the belt for the blade pulleys.

The mandrel cover of the Left side blade is the only part you need to remove to replace the belt. You can insert the belt under the right side mandrel cover and onto the clutch pulley before finishing on the left side of the mower.

The tensioner or idler pulleys will contract when you pull on the belt. When you get to the left blade pulley you can turn the pulley with one hand and guide the belt with the other hand. The belt will walk right up onto the pulley. Attach the cover and you're done.

I like my method because you can stay away from a hot engine and replace the belt without waiting for the motor to cool off. You are also not fighting the mower clutch or drivebelt with my method.

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