Replacing the Drive Belt in John Deere Lawn Mowers

Replacing the Drive Belt in John Deere Lawn Mowers

Lawn mowers have been used in agriculture since 1830. Hand-operated mowers cannot handle grass longer than 100 centimeters. The reason lies in the sticking of the stems on the knife and the breakage of the drive belt. Fortunately, belts in John Deere equipment are self-changeable.

What is required

The process for units of different models is approximately the same. The difficulty is medium. If you follow our instructions exactly, you can do it in half an hour. Before starting, you should stock up on a full set of tools.

You will need:

  • original drive belt;
  • wooden block;
  • swimming glasses;
  • socket wrench;
  • work gloves;
  • screwdriver;
  • hard brush.

Step-by-step instruction

Place the mower on the garage floor, making sure it is not tilted. The wire will need to be disconnected from the battery for safety reasons. Stretch a piece of cellophane over the fuel tank and cover with a lid on top to prevent evaporation. The front wheels must be lifted with the rear handle, and the block must be inserted between the deck and the knife. Now you can start the main steps:

  • Remove the blade by unscrewing the screws with a socket wrench (be careful not to let the blade fall).
  • Armed with a brush, clean the shaft of adhering dirt.
  • Unscrew the crankshaft pulley, remove the beam and lower the wheels to their original place.
  • Take a new belt, thread it through the deck and make sure the belt is in contact with the transmission pulley.
  • The front hood must be raised and the pulley and drive belt are aligned. Remember to return the hood to its original position.
  • With the front wheels raised and the block back under the deck, replace the pulley.
  • Reinstall the knife by tightening the screws.
  • Remove the wooden block, lower the deck.
  • Remove the piece of cellophane (or plastic sheet) covering the fuel tank.
  • The final chord is connecting the battery.
  • Your mower is ready for the season. Work only with the power off, take extreme care when removing the knife. Socket wrench is also a dangerous thing, learn how to handle it. It is better to waste extra time than get seriously injured.

    The process looks laborious, but consistent implementation of the steps listed above is the path to success. Final tip: use only genuine John Deere parts This will increase the performance of the mechanism.