Re: removing tractor deck to change belt and blades?
If i am thinking of the right model you may be able to get away with first taking off the blade, then to remove the deck should be a number of bolts under the chassis and on top of the deck where it meets the frame... you can get your parts here if your having trouble finding them
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look for tag on inside of hood for belt numbers. Or get model number off of tag under seat that starts with a 917. then call the 800 number. instructions... Remove deck, remove pto pulley/ clutch, lock brake, remove crank pully and belt from crankshaft then remove belt from transmission and idler pulleys. Reassemble in reverse order with new belt ensureing the belt is not snagged on any belt guides and all idler pulleys are free.. ( PS sharpen blades while deck is off and check deck belt)
Hi, first replace the blade spindle bearings, if you had to hit them to free them up the bearings are shot. Secondly, replace the deck belt. Because you engaged the blades with a siezed bearing the belt will have a worn section where the v will be thinner thus causing the vibration as it passes through the pulleys. Regards Phil.
http://lawnandgarden.manualsonline.com check this site they may have a manual that could be of some use to you. Good Luck, also the belts themselves probably have model numbers on them that you can use as reference to purchase new ones from either Sears or perhaps a automotive parts store like Lordco
Download the product manual from the Sears website. Murray manufactured these tractors so you can download the manual from the Murray website also. Procedure for replacing the mower deck belt is quite simple. No need to remove the deck. Spring location also on diagrams. Mower deck parts diagram breaks down the whole assembly. Easier way to remove pulleys is using an impact wrench, otherwise hold the blade while removig the nut that holds the pulley in place. Use a heavy glove to hold the blade for safety!
If you are missing the manual, for the said model, I have found that the simplest way, of figuring out the correct route for the belt, is to remove the deck, and hold the replacement belt above the mechanism, with the tension from the engine end. Then 'mock up' the replacing proceedure, bearing in mind the correct direction the tensioner/s, move in. Then it's not too difficult to figure it out the correct route. Hope that's clear enough, good luck.