Cub Cadet Tank 60 Hydro Belt Replacement

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bcsman, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
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    I'm changing all 3 belts on my Tank 60 machine, the 2 that run the mower deck and spindles were pretty easy. Now I'm down to the hydro pump belt. It looks like I'm going to have to take the Electric PTO clutch apart or down to accomplish this? Is that correct or is there a better way? And then am I going to be able to access how the belt threads to both pumps from under the mower? Doesn't look like a fun job. Or will I have to drop the deck, hopefully not? Anyone done one of these that can give me some pointers??
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    No need to remove the deck or clutch, Start by jacking the back up and put stands under it. Removing the rear tires will yield more room for the stands which will give more room to work between them.

    Unplug the PTO clutch pigtail, Remove the clutch stop bracket, there's two screws holding it to the rear frame. Remove the tension idler spring, Pull down on the left hand side of the old belt while turning the clutch mount bolt with a 5/8" wrench...... This will roll the belt off the crank pulley then pop it off the hydro pulleys and down around the clutch and off.

    Install the new belt in reverse order, Put the belt around the hydro pulleys and start the belt in the left side of the engine pulley then rotate the crank bolt to roll it on...... Then reassemble and go mow.......
     
  3. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
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    Restrorob,
    Wow thanks for the repair guide, just got finished and everything went just like you described...saved me alot of aggravation. :clapping:
     
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    We were a Tank dealer, Sooo....... I've done a few...... ;)
     
  5. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
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    Nice maybe you can answer another question for me then.

    Think I have a bearing going on my deck, middle one. Makes some noise when rotating even when greased. Do I need to purchase a whole spindle or can I just replace the bearing or bushing?? Boy the whole spindle is expensive...whoo
     
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes...... You can replace the bearings and seals, NAPA auto parts can match both up......
     
  7. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
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    Great news..thanks for the info......again haha

    Not really bad yet, maybe will last until I'm done cutting and then tackle the job. If so maybe just take all 3 spindles off and replace all while I'm at it. Thanks for helping out a backyard mechanic, much appreciated.
     
  8. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    How come all three of your belts were busted?
     
  9. bcsman

    bcsman LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 30

    They werent, any of them. But I've had the mower for 5-6 years and the deck and spindle belts were showing alot of wear so figured I would swap them before something broke. I looked under the engine and the hydro belt didnt look too bad but did a trio job. I kept the belts I took off for emergency times, you never know. They always break when you cant get one right away so hopefully I will be good for awhile now.
     

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