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I have very recently purchased a 125/38" MTD. Not sure how old but appears in reasonable condition. I have used it for about total of 4 hours over past two weeks. Today I have a problem... the large belt driving the blades keeps disengaging as soon as I set the blade depth. I don't have a manual or much experience with ride ons so would appreciate any advice. By the way I have been careful when rewinding the blades onto the forward wheel not to place the pully over the two guide (?) pins. Also, when not engaged the pulley is very loose! Many thanks David

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Hello,
My name is Dane and I am going to help you solve your problem. You said that the "Pulley" is loose when the blades are disengaged. I hope you meant that the belt is loose, because the pulley should never be loose. If it is loose, you should remove the pulley and make sure the KEY inside the center hole is still ok. Sometimes when the pulley gets loose it chews up the KEY and allows the pulley to turn on the crank. If the KEY is ok, just reinstall the pulley and tighten it.
I believe that your belt is probably just stretched and worn. The mower deck belt gets it's tension from lowering the mower deck. the lower the deck the tighter the belt. Just replace the belt. I hope I've helped! Thank you! Dane

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

Testimonial: "Hi Dane Thank you very much for taking the time to help me. You are quite correct, it is the belt that is loose and will replace. Thank you. David"

  • jdgeorge803 Mar 06, 2011

    which way does that spacer go when the crank pully is off its between pully and bottom of engine the lip side on pully or bottom of engine ?

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