Need help with MTD drive belt

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by FIRESCOOBY, Jul 19, 2002.

  1. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am trying to help my dad put the drive belt back on his MTD riding mower. It is the top most belt on the smaller pulley. He has no manual for it.

    We cant figure out how to keep the shaft from turning while taking the pulley bolt out...

    This MTD is like a Murray. Front engine, like 14 hp. B&S engine.
     
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    Why are you trying to take the pulley off? Loosen or bend the belt guide and install the belt?
     
  3. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    The belt guides are three small 1/4 steel tabs. hey CANNOT be bent or loosened.

    Next idea...
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    the best way is to use an impact wrench to remove pulley bolts.
     
  5. lawnboy87

    lawnboy87 LawnSite Member
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    Why get an MTD in the first place?:confused:
     
  6. Remo Sid

    Remo Sid LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 55

    Remove the sparkplug and stuff some nylon rope ( like for starter rope) in the cylinder. When the piston comes to TDC it will stopthe pulley from turning. Leave enough rope sticking out so you can remove it easily.
     
  7. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    If you use Remo's rope trick do the following.

    .make sure your on the compression stroke rather than the exhaust stroke or you'll bend the exhaust valve.
     

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