View Full Version : How to tighten drive belt

03-13-2012, 10:28 AM
I've got a 36" Red Hawk WB (belt drive) that is losing traction. Any advice for tightening belts? Is it just a matter of unpinning the vertical bolt(s) and giving them a few turns?

Thanks in advance for any help.

03-13-2012, 12:54 PM
Check/adjust/replace the main drive belt under the engine......

Patriot Services
03-13-2012, 01:01 PM
Its probably a pulley on a bolt in a slot. Just loosen a bit and tap it tighter. Tighten bolt down.
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03-13-2012, 02:30 PM
So you are saying not to adjust the belts on the sides? Just the one underneath...?

03-13-2012, 06:39 PM
If both sides are losing traction the main drive belt under the engine is the issue, If one side is tracking faster/slower than the other side then check tire pressure first. If pressure is even then adjust the side/wheel belts....

03-14-2012, 09:24 AM
I'll take a look at it tonight. I've not really looked at that belt much.

03-16-2012, 06:58 PM
So I got under and looked at the belt (short one under engine). Any clue how to tighten??? It did not seem like it had any play in it.


Patriot Services
03-16-2012, 07:03 PM
There should be a 3rd pulley that pushes against that belt.
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03-16-2012, 11:44 PM
By third pulley you mean nearest the blades?

03-17-2012, 12:50 PM
You guys handle this one...............

03-17-2012, 06:50 PM

Me thinks it may be in your best interest to take this machine to a repair shop and let them check and adjust everything..... Thumbs Up