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Have Troy-Bilt lawn tractor (42 in/ 18.5hp), problem is when I put it in forward it does not engage. I think it is the drive belt, which is very loose and worn. Any thoughts

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Find a small engine repair shop and buy another belt, and a tensioner if it is over 5 years old. Oftentimes it is better to take the old belt with you in case they do not have a listing for your tractor. Before you take anything apart use that cell phone camera for a practical use and lots of pics of the belts. That will save you your next question of how do these belts go back on.

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