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I bought a montgomery ward riding mower 1980's. it worked fine while testing. So i purchased it, i got half my own lawn mowed then started to smell a burning rubber smell, stopped and looked around. didnt see anything, so got on it again. Then it stopped moving, still running but not moving. If you put it into a higher gear it wants to move, you can hear it shift and rpm moter high but wont go. im guessing by the looks of it that it looks like the belt was grinding or burning and it looks like the pully in back stopped moving. Cant move by hand . Could it be the pully system or what else could it be? Sounds like trany is working but not able to move and you could see were belt was ginding on body creating the burning smell. Fluids fine,mower realy old, but ran good before. If it is the pully were can i find another i cant find mongomery part anywere. Universal mabye? Please help i spent to much on this and cant loose the money to get another. previus owner stated he replaced clutch but did all other maitnance regularly. Could the clutch be the isse or clutch pully.

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  • mikeandjen4e Oct 10, 2010

    once this is complete and if it still doesnt run what else could it be

  • mikeandjen4e Oct 10, 2010

    if its not the pully what else could it be

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Pulley bearings sieze up all the time. They are universal and easy to change, but you could probably take the old one apart and just clean and grease it as well. Just make some wood ramps so you can get under neath to work on it. Might be best to change the belt by this point.
Clutch is not likely an issue since it was working at the beginning you were not really using it much while you were mowing.

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    Kirk Augustin Oct 10, 2010

    The pulley could be spining freely and still be the problem if the belt is slipping. There is usually a spring that pushes the tensioning pulley, to keep it tight.

    But another problem could be the brake being stuck on.
    The clutch could also be slipping because the linkage could be binding in the down position.
    Or the transmission could have one of those infinite ratio friction drives, where a rubber ball is squeezed between 2 plates at 45 degrees.

    The thing is to see if the input shaft to the transmission is being turned.
    That can be a little dangerous, so make sure the back wheels are off the ground, and nothing can touch the belt.

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