You were very happy that you bought a new riding lawn mower and by now it has indeed helped you tend your lawns the best way you wanted. However, the deck belt has suddenly developed problems thus chances of moving ahead are minimal. What can you do? Do you call for an expert? Understand that you need pliers, a wrench set and work gloves for the job. If you have these, then here are 12 practical DIY guides that will definitely help you change your mower’s deck belt:
1. Remove The Deck Belt
In this very initial step, you need to remove this spoilt or worn-out belt. To do so, lower the mower to a place you can reach with ease and make sure that the lever of the blade engagement is at an off position. After this, you are supposed to roll the belt out of the pulley to remove.
2. Remove The Mower Deck Pins
By using the pliers, remove the pins that tighten the mower deck. Also remove the pins that hold the suspension arm.
3. Slide The Deck Out
In order for you to easily remove the deck, turn the mower’s front wheels in the left position. By raising the mower deck to its highest point, it will be very easy for you to remove the deck. After this, disconnect the engagement cable from the deck by sliding the riding mower to the left. So, your deck should be out now from the right direction.
4. Remove Your Mower’s Pulley Covers
Before you undertake the business of removing the bolts holding the pulley covers, take yourself a picture preferably digital and archive it so as to see the routing of the belt. Now is the time to remove the pulley covers but removing the bolts and put them out.
5. Remove The Belt
By now, the nuts of the pulley are tight. Kindly loosen them but don’t remove them entirely. This will enable you to remove the mover belt from between the guides and the pulley. After this, now you can easily remove the belt.
6. Install Your New Belt
This is a point where that photo that you took will help you locate the route of your belt. After carefully studying the photo, install your belt after which you will tighten the loosened idler pulley’s bolts.
7. Reinstall Your Mower’s Pulley Covers
Your riding lawn mower has a brand new deck belt now! This is an achievement. After returning the covers to their original position, tighten the bolts.
8. Slide Back The Mower Deck
From the right hand side, gently slide the deck into position.
Remember that what we are actually doing is the opposite of what we did from the beginning when removing your riding lawn mower deck belt. So, by pushing the deck a little far from the center, reconnect the cable.
10. Re-Hang The Deck
This is what you need to do here:
• Lower your lawn mower to its lowest position,• Reconnect the mower’s bow-tie pins for both ends.• Reconnect the mower’s bow-tie pins belonging to the suspension arm.
11. Reinstall The Belt To The Engine Pulley
Between the engine and belt guide, reposition the mower deck and roll the belt on the engine pulley.
12. Test Your Mower Deck
This is your last step for today. Raise your deck to test and do so by lowering it for position chink and testing. For you to know that it is working fully, attach the plug wire and ignite your riding lawn mower then that marks your 12 step by step DIY guide for deck belt replacement.