How to tighten drive belt

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by villebilly, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. villebilly

    villebilly LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    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.
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Check/adjust/replace the main drive belt under the engine......
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    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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  4. villebilly

    villebilly LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    So you are saying not to adjust the belts on the sides? Just the one underneath...?
     
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    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....
     
  6. villebilly

    villebilly LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    I'll take a look at it tonight. I've not really looked at that belt much.
     
  7. villebilly

    villebilly LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    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.

    Noob
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    There should be a 3rd pulley that pushes against that belt.
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  9. villebilly

    villebilly LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    By third pulley you mean nearest the blades?
     
  10. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    You guys handle this one...............
     

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