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Removed PTO clutch from model 809 Troy-Bilt Garden tractor to replace the lower drive belt. The manual says to lower the engine pulley to get the belt both off and on. How do you lower the engine pulley to get the belt past the tabs that apparently serve as guides for the belt?

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Hi there dandaman6

to i/d your tractor model properly there should be a white sticker on the chassis or under the seat
with markings example 14ay809p063

make a note of this and go to

http://www.partstree.com/parts/?lc=troy_bilt
select lawn tractors from list , then select model from list if its there


http://www.partstree.com/parts/?lc=troy_bilt
or if your model is a garden tractor select garden tractors from the list
then select your model from the list

make note of belt routing before removing belt from tractor pulleys

there should be a bolt in the centre of the pulley , undo it as you would normally, then remove the double pulley assy by pulling it or punching it from the other side if its stubborn - but do not bend it

thould should allow belt to slip off from pulleys and be guided back through belt guides , if they cannot be removed from location ( but most should be able to ) have a look at their mounts
they will be either bolted or welded or be spring loaded to stay in position


if you can get me your numbers off the white sticker on your ride on
i will do my best to help further

cheers hope it helps

pauly46

Posted on May 28, 2011

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