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How to replace a belt on my lawn tractor, model #247.288852

The belt located above the drive assembly came off. How do I get it back on? Note it is not the deck belt and not the belt from the engine.

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Take the battery back out so you can see the belt clearly. Now check on the small idler pulley to make sure the belt is inside of the belt keeper. You may have to loosen the pulley bolt to get the belt inside of the keeper as it is often formed into the arm.





Once you have the belt in the keeper, or if the belt has been in the keeper all along, check to see if the belt is on the top part of the variable pulley. The variable pulley is the one that has the belt from the engine on it too. If you look at the variable pulley you'll see that there is an upper and lower section to it. The part that separates the 2 sections should be able to move up and down easily (when one or both belts are not in place).





If the belt looks good on the variable pulley then check on the transmission pulley (the big one) to make sure the belt is on it all the way around. Often, it is very hard to get the belt onto the transmission pulley on the right side since the pulley is right up close to the frame. In that area, the frame acts as a belt keeper.





If all of that looks good then there is something else going on. I have seen the bearings go out in the variable pulley and cause problems with the belt staying on and/or problems where the speed will not change as it normally does. If you determine that the problem is with the variable pulley, you may want to consider having it repaired by a professional. It can be a bit difficult to get the variable pulley in and out (correctly) and you'll most likely need to raise the back of the tractor (securely) in order to address any problems with the variable pulley.
by Manage My Life
October 7th, 2012
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This works to get the belt back on, but the belt comes back off after moving forward a few feet. Also, now the brake pedal is loose and I have to press it almost all of the way in before it engages. Suggestions for adjusting the brake pedal and tension on the belt.
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October 6th, 2012
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Remove the battery from the tractor. Now take the spring off of the idler arm (the little idler down near the transmission). Now you can put the belt on all 3 pulleys. Take the spring for the idler arm and connect it to the arm. Thread a piece of sturdy rope through the hole in the frame where the spring hooks and connect it to the spring. Pull (very hard) on the string to pull the spring to its connecting point and use pliers to push the hook into place.





To read this, it all seems pretty simple; it is not. The rope I use to pull the spring over is lawn pull pull cord type rope as it is strong enough to pull and small enough to easily fit through the hole.





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October 6th, 2012
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The tractor is great for doing work around the yard.I found some information for you that I am hoping will help you until your expert answers your question. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope that this will help you out.
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October 5th, 2012
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