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Every time I lower my mower board my mower stops or slows down. I just replaced the mandrel and also the belt. When my mower board is raised up all the way the mower works good.

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Lower the deck without it running and see if anything is making contact with the mower belt that shouldn't be. Sure sounds to me like you have the belt in a bind when you lower the deck, possibly by not routing the belt in the correct position when you replaced the belt.

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Replacement of v belt


Instructions1 Place the riding mower on a level surface and set the emergency brake. Open the engine or tilt the seat back to gain access to the battery. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket. Turn off the main fuel petcock valve from the tank to the carburetor. Set the attachment clutch in the "Disengage" position. Set the motion control lever to neutral. Place the mower deck lift lever in its lowest position to drop the deck.
2 Pull the belt against the engine drive pulley, then pull upward on it and slip it off the pulley. Unclasp the small clutch retainer spring from the pulley bolt. Detach the big retaining spring and then slide the collar sleeve off. Shove the housing guide out from the br
3 Pull the retainer springs off that hold the rear suspension arms to the rear mower deck bracket. Disconnect the front link arms that hold the front of the mower deck to the chassis. Pull the lift lever to put the suspension arms at full height.
4 Slide the mower deck out from the bottom of the tractor. Tilt the mower deck and prop it up with wood blocks. Use a stiff cleaning brush to remove all mud, twigs and grass clumps. Wipe the top of the deck and undercarriage with a rag.
5 Un-thread the belt from around the idler and mandrel pulley. Place the new belt around the mandrel pulley and idler pulley first, then stretch it up to the drive pulley and loop it into the pulley grooves. Make sure the V part of the belt rests inside the pulley.
6 Use the lever to raise the suspension arms on the deck. Push the deck back under the tractor. Lower the suspension arms and replace all the retaining springs in reverse or the order in which you removed them. Slide the sleeve back into position and secure it with the spring. Reattach the spring to the anti-sway bar. Shove the housing guide back into its bracket.
7 Raise the mower deck with the lever. Reconnect the negative battery cable with a socket. Turn on the fuel petcock valve. Start the engine and engage the main drive lever. Test-drive.

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How to remove shaft assembly from mandrel housing of a husqvarna yth2348


It's much easier to do on the tractor.
1. Leave deck installed.
2. Jack tractor up and lower deck.
3. Run a heavy wire through the mandrel pulley's tie down hole.
4. Raise deck and tie wire around the deck.
5. Lower deck and remove top nut.
6. Raise deck and remove shaft.
You can modify this procedure to loose the nut if you don't have a jack and remove it once the deck is off. Retorque nut to 35 ft. lbs during install.

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How do I change the madrel on a craftsman Lt 2000 42" 17 hp? The star bolt is worn down


remove the deck from the mower, take off the blade, take off the deck drive belt, take out the bolts which hold the mandrel to the deck. put new mandrel in, reverse the whole order. do yourself a favor and take lots of before pictures so you do not have to ask how to put the belts back on. mandrels can be obtained at small engine and mower repair shops. you may just want to replace all of them while you have it apart as they are all the same age and wear.

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How to Replace v belt drive


For the YTH2246 only...

1. All you need for this job is a small 1/4" ratchet and a 3/8" socket to install/replace the 1/2" X 106" V-belt [(no. 68 in the mower deck schematic for this tractor) Husqvarna part # 532 40 51-43, Sears part # 33156, Rotary Outdoor Power Equipment Service Parts part # 912106 (12-7549)] ($36-$42)

2. Total time for this DIY job: about 15 minutes.

3. Lower the deck by moving the manual height adjuster to the lowest position (position 1).

4. The only screws you really need to remove are the rear retaining 3/8" hex-head screw of the LH cover mandrel and both from the RH mandrel cover. Just swing the left-side cover out to get access to the LH pulley.

5. Slightly pull from pulleys the legs of the keeper belt mandrel LH/RH to remove/insert the belt. Did I mention you don't need to loosen/remove any screw other than the ones mentioned above?

6. For more assistance, take a look at the schematic in the owner's manual or online at http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/HOUS/HOUS2006/HOUS2006_O0602060.pdf

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Mandrel on right side has broken 3 times have only done 7.3 hours


It sounds like your blade is hitting the ground when you are mowing.If you have high spots in your yard the blade will cut into the ground and the mounts on the mandrel will break. Make sure the mower rake adjustment is set correctly,the mower blade should be level or a maximum of 1/4 inch lower in the front.This adjustment is done with the adjuster bolt that runs from the front of the mower to the frame under the muffler, it may have one or two rods connecting the mower at this point. Also make sure the wheels are set down far enough so they can prevent the deck from scalping,they have five different mount holes,if they are up in the highest they will not do anything.Unfortunately these mower mandrels will not take a lot of punishment and they can break when the blades contact anything like dirt or tree roots. Your ultimate action may be just to mow the grass a little higher to keep from scalping. Hope this helps.

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I have a crftmans rider ltx 1000 , i was cutting the lawn picked up a cable which wraped itself arouf the mandrels for the blades and stopped the mower , got cable removed started right up no problem ,...


Yes, if you jammed something in the blades and the belt stopped, the engine pulley wore a thin spot in the belt.Every time that thin spot runs around a pulley it rides deeper in the pulley making it vibrate.Take the belt off and you should be able to see or feel the spot where the engine pulley burnt it. Replace the belt and it should fix it.

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