If you’re new to doing light maintenance on outdoor equipment, one of the things you’ll want to learn to do yourself is to change your drive belt on a zero turn when needed. It may seem daunting but it really isn’t. We’ve broken changing a drive belt on a zero turn mower down into 7 easy to follow steps and will hopefully turn the chore into an easy job. And when you get all of the steps done, why, you discover that you have accomplished the complete large task. It is exactly the same with how to change the drive belt on your zero turn. Listed below are 7 easy steps that one could take to change the drive belt on a zero turn, rapidly!
Step 1. Secure the front wheels. Put something or wedge something in front of the front wheels. Hopefully you have a set of wheel chocks. If you don’t, you should. You’ll use them and they’re cheap.
Step 2. If you have a jack (like a Mojack), you’ll want to lift the mower from the rear. If you don’t have a lift, you can possibly use the one from your car and lift the rear of the chassis. Once it’s jacked up, put blocks under the rear wheels. This part is very important because you need the zero turn to be totally secure.
Step 3. Remove the belt. This means that you may have to take a look at the parts sheet or user manual.
Step 4. Remove the PTO Clutch anchor. This will probably involve removing the wires which are connected to the PTO clutch.
Step 5. Now remove the spring which tightens the idler arm. A significant point to keep in mind here is all mowers are a little different. What we’re really doing is getting everything out of the way so we can get to the drive belt. Why this could be important is you may want to keep a mental note of the order you take things off if they differ from these tips.
Step 6. Now remove the spring which tightens the idler arm.
Step 7. Remove the old belt and put the new one on.
Great! Now you’re almost there! Bear in mind, you’ll now want to go in reverse to get your mower back on the grass instead of on the jack. So, you’ll want to: put the spring back in place, replace the wires and PTO clutch anchor, replace the mower belt, and you’re finished!
As we said above, your zero turn may be put together a little different than the explanation. Just remember the order you take things off. If you stick to the steps established above, step-by-step the enormous job you had in front of you, won’t seem so big anymore and you’ll know exactly what to do the next time. Congratulations to you!