View Full Version : Metro 36 slippin

10-29-2001, 01:56 PM
I've got the metro 36 and I love it for my first wb. Haven a problem though. On thick grass, hills, and trailering ...gears 2 and 3 almost have the machine come to a complete stop. The only way to trailer is in 1st. Any experiences with this before I call the shop? I adjusted the springs down one notch but no difference.
Whats up?

scott's turf
10-29-2001, 04:45 PM
The belts from the trans to the wheels may be old and glazed over which causes them to be slippery. I had this problem with my wb, replaced the belts and I was good to go. Do you know how old the belts are? Rubber gets dried and cracked after a few years. This sounds like your problem.

10-29-2001, 05:12 PM

I had the same problem recently. I was talking with Fred @ exmark and he told me how to fix. 1 min. and you up and running again. It is the trans belt. There is a bolt between the motor and the trans. You loosen it and tighten the belt up. Don't over tighten. The belt has got some stretch to it from use.

scott's turf
10-30-2001, 10:57 AM
It is easy to determine which belt is slipping. If the spindles that leave the trans are spinning fast it is not the trans belt it is the belts to the wheel and vise versa.

10-30-2001, 12:23 PM
65hoss is correct. Its the engine to trans belt. The double wheel drive belts rarely slip unless they're wet or glazed. Plus you can visually SEE the pulley's slipping here.

10-30-2001, 01:36 PM
I'll make it even easier. Owners Manual page 29. 5.2.3. Fred at eXmark told me they have this question a lot.

10-30-2001, 01:39 PM
Dude got to go out and get a new mower. J/k:D

Trans belt is slipping. What "65Hoss" said to do. Look in the manual.


10-30-2001, 09:24 PM
thanks guys, I was having the same problem with my 48" metro HP. After reading this post, I went to the shop and adjusted the pulley. Now it will pop a wheelie in 5th gear. Once again, the experience here on LS has saved me a trip to the dealer and several $$$$ on labor. You guys/gals rule.

Thank you,

Stuart H. South

10-30-2001, 11:08 PM
That is why we are all here. Share experiences with each other.

10-30-2001, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by 65hoss
That is why we are all here. Share experiences with each other.



11-03-2001, 07:13 AM
Its been long enough, by now you must have fixed the problem. What did you find out?

11-05-2001, 12:00 AM
Sorry it took so long, ......tightened the belt and works much better. Thanks guys

Bill Davis
11-05-2001, 09:53 AM
I learned this little trick on here and that it to spray on a little belt dressing. It has really helped my gravely 36" in the dew and damp leaves, etc. It only costs three dollars at kmart too:D

11-05-2001, 01:13 PM
just did that fix and WOW. like a brand new mower. no problem in tall grass now.