screeching noise from the belt?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by robby, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. robby

    robby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    On my Exmark turf tracer i've recently noticed that the belt is making more noise when going through thicker grass. I can't go with any speed through any kind of tall or wet grass now without the blades slowing down and the screechy noises. Is this a sign of a belt that needs replaced? I've never before had to replace a belt before it actually breaking. Is this from the belt getting stretched out?
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    may check the spring loaded tensioner on the deck. spray some lube on it, if its sticking.
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    It could be the belt is slipping. Check the tension like Chad said.
  4. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    Adjust the belt, kenny
  5. GLC51

    GLC51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Check the above and spray some belt dressing on it. Get it at auto parts stores etc. It's sticky and helps the grip on the belt.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    You need a new belt. Belt is stretched.
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

  8. robby

    robby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    The tension on the spring seems fine. My guess is that the belt is slipping, I assume just from being worn out enough. Is it unheard of to get more than 1 or 2 seasons out of a belt?
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    How many hours?
  10. robby

    robby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I'm putting around 700 hours a year on the mower. This belt has probably around 800 hours on it. Before this I never had belts last even a year. My Deere belts used to break a couple times a year. I have no idea how many hours to expect out of a belt.

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