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Sears Craftsman riding mower V belt getting chewed

Just replaced riding mower V belt. It immediately started smoking and getting chewed up - frayed along the edges. The belt and pulleys felt hot. Anyone have an idea what we did wrong? thank you very much
Its a Craftsman 18 Hp 42" Deck Lawn Tractor
917.273398

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I believe you may have the belt over one or more of the belt retainers next to the pulleys. They are 5 or 6 inches long and about a 1/4 inch in diameter. You have to loosen them when you put the belt on then adjust them to where they are just barely touching the back of the belt. They keep the belt from jumping off.

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