pto clutch squealing

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mikeyshane331, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. mikeyshane331

    mikeyshane331 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I have a 1998 John Deere crank deck walk behind, and i had to replace the mower belt last week. Well, when i took it out to mow, everytime I engage the blades, It squeals really loud, but like just when i engage them for like 2 seconds. I had heard that you should only engage blades at half throttle, then crank the throttle up after they were engaged, i tried this and it still squealed, so what do you all think?
  2. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Check all your pulleys an idler arms for ware. The squeal may be a glazed pulley. Try sand papering the pulleys. When a pulley gets glazed it becomes so slick that the belts have a hard time grabbing hold.
  3. mike76

    mike76 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    If the air gap on the clutch can be adj, If so there will be three not around the pully. If not check and see if the tension arm is not stuck or stiff.

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