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I have a John Deere LA150 that will not go steep

I have a John Deere LA150 riding mower that will not go steep grades. The mower is a 2007 and this is the first summer that we've experienced this problem.

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I have the same problem same year, same model. I changed the drive belt and it still won't go up steep hills that it used to easily climb. I don't see any way to adjust tension and it doesn't cover that in the operator's manual. What did you find out with yours?

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Most common problem is belt tension. Your owner's manual will show the simple way to adjust the drive belt tension.

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