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Need some help with my riding mower.

This thing is kicking my butt. I hate putting this much time in a mower when I have a truck I have to get done. But my yard is getting out of control thanks to all of the rain we have had. I have taken the mower deck off several times in the past to service it and sharpen the blade. I t has always gone back on without an issue. This time I had to replace the belt. That is the only difference from the other times I removed the deck. As soon as I fired it up I could smell the belt burning up. The old belt was replaced because it was so old a chunk fell off. It had no abnormal wear marks or any damage indicating it was rubbing anything. Now it is rubbing the PTO linkage with the deck both up and lowered and with the PTO engaged and disengaged. I have adjusted everything I can think of. I am stumped; no matter what I do the belt still makes contact with the PTO linkage. Any thought?





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Those belts on some mower decks can be a s.o.b. Couple things: is the new belt the correct length, a fracton of an inch can make difference, by the drawing looks like there is supposed to be an idler or guide on the top right of drawing. Is the belt on the correct side, sometimes in not much of an difference on its placement.
Dad had a cub cadet and it was always throwing the belt no matter how it was adjusted. Owners manual said engine had to be removed to change the belt. Good luck!

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I think you are coorect about the belt length. I am going back to the store with the old one to make sure it is correct.
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Some of the belts, must be the industrial belt not the automotive design, industrial are cloth covered style.

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Solved it. The new belt was just a hair too short. I cannot beleive such a small difference caused this. I got a new anothe rone and it worked great. I just cut the entire yard with no problems.
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