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Posted May 20, 2014 - 11:36 AM

I just picked up a john deere 216, the mower is in immaculate condition and has already mowed our 3 acres twice.  I've adjust the belt tension and done some greasing as well as fluid change, however this issue I figured i would present to some of the pros.

 

When moving sometimes it will just stop moving.  I have to push the clutch in and move the variable speed lever into different position and it will take off.  the problem has gradually gotten worse.  Now it really only moves in a certain gear a certain speed and sometimes it will stop moving again.  It's as though the belt is not engaging the drive.  I know there is a variable speed adjustment right under the lever, but i'm wondering if this something to be worried about and how to fix it?

 

thanks in advance guys!


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Welcome to Gttalk, First of I would make sure the variator is working in and out freely. Then I would go past a JD dealer and get a new belt for it as I suspect the belt is in bad shape. Make sure you use a JD belt because JD uses a special size and width belt on all their stuff.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 12:06 PM

It does have a newer belt, less than a year old, the deck belt was also replaced at the point.  When i watch the variator and linkage it seems to be functioning fine.  Is there something i need to do specifically with the adjustment? like tighten the bolt in or out, i know there is a bolt inside that helps to adjust.



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Posted May 20, 2014 - 02:41 PM

Yea replace drive belts my 210 does it  with variator fully ahead is when it grabs my 110 used to do it then i got new belts



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Posted May 20, 2014 - 04:10 PM

Welcome to GT Talk !! Tom

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 06:33 PM

It does have a newer belt, less than a year old, the deck belt was also replaced at the point.

 

Were both the primary and the secondary belt replaced?  Does the double pulley slide freely on it's sheave where the primary and secondary belt meet?



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Posted May 20, 2014 - 07:00 PM

The 212m 214 and 216 are very particular on the drive belt.  You said the belt was replaced recently but was it replaced with an OEM belt or an aftermarket replacement.  It really cam make a difference.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 09:08 PM

Welcome to GTtalk.  +1 on the drive belt, JD's are very particular on the belt's.



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Posted May 21, 2014 - 09:00 AM

Thanks guys, i'll be picking up a new belt and hopefully that fixes it.  The mower will go full speed on the variator, but won't go mowing peed very well it just stops itself.  I'll follow up once it's replaced.



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Posted May 30, 2014 - 09:25 PM

got the new belt on and it's running great butr i have one quick question.  I picked up a john deere 214 and a snowblower.  the 214 has a blown crank the motor.  Will the snowblower work on my 216?  i noticed the 214 has a different looking pully setup on the motor so that's why i ask.  thanks in advance!



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Posted May 30, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Yes it will. You need to unbolt that outer pulley and transfer it to your 216, along with the front lift kit.

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 11:59 PM

got the new belt on and it's running great butr i have one quick question.  I picked up a john deere 214 and a snowblower.  the 214 has a blown crank the motor.  Will the snowblower work on my 216?  i noticed the 214 has a different looking pully setup on the motor so that's why i ask.  thanks in advance!

Take a look at the 214 to see if it has the manual lift helper spring. it will work on a manual lift 216 also.  The spring will help lift that heavy blower. Unless you have a hydraulic lift 216, then you don't need it.



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Posted May 31, 2014 - 07:24 AM

Yes it will. You need to unbolt that outer pulley and transfer it to your 216, along with the front lift kit.

but what about the pully and belt tension adjustment.  the 214 i picked up does not have this, however the 216 i have has a bar that goes accross the pulleys, does this make sense?



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Posted May 31, 2014 - 07:39 AM

but what about the pully and belt tension adjustment.  the 214 i picked up does not have this, however the 216 i have has a bar that goes accross the pulleys, does this make sense?

I think your talking about the PTO. Early  200 models had a manual PTO. You slide a lever to engage the PTO. It has a bar across the pulley to push in on the clutch. Later model 200's used an electric clutch. It had a toggle switch on the dash. The blower will work with either one. But, you may have to obtain the bolt on pulley for a manual PTO if they are different.


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 04:53 PM

Flip up the safety clip, pull the belt safety bar forward and out to remove, push it down to get it out of the way, install the pulley, and re-assemble.

 

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