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How to Change a Riding Mower Beltby HomeRepairExpert.com
How to change a riding mower belt
Things You'll Need
- Instruction manual
- Adjustable wrench
- Drive belt
Step 1Check the instruction manual for the location of your mower's drive belt and the tensioner that holds it in place. Unscrew the tensioner bolt until you can move the pulleys at each end of the drive belt. Move the pulleys inward and remove the loosened belt.
Step 2Loop the new drive belt around the two tensioner pulleys. Look in your instruction manual to find the correct amount of slack that should be left in the belt. This is generally a finger's width for most types of riding mowers. Push the two pulleys away from each other until you have the proper tension. Lock the belt in this position by tightening the tensioner bolt.
Step 3Drive the mower around a clear, flat space to test the positioning of the drive belt before you use it to cut grass again. Pay particular attention to squealing sounds, shaking or vibration. These are usually signs that the tension needs to be adjusted. Repeat the prior steps to re-seat the belt and test it again.
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