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How do you replace drive belt on a hydrostatic transmission craftsman riding lawnmower that has slipped off or my be broken.

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    Brad Locke Oct 19, 2015

    Take a look under the left foot rest,there is a belt diagram,on how to place the belt onto the pulleys.

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Its not a hard job just push in clutch and lock it, remove mower belt then replace drive belt and then put mower belt back on and release clutch.

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