Recently the belt to my transmission came off and got jammed up between the uppermost pulley near the engine and the one beneath which is the pulley for the deck that has the electronic engagement. The belt was ruined and the electrical connection for the PTO (not sure what it's called) was damaged a bit.
Anyway when I replaced the belt (1/2" x 85") now even though I press the clutch the mower continues to move. When I push in the clutch two things happen, the belt slackens and a small lever on the side of the transmission is pulled forward. The belt has at least a couple inches of slack in it when this happens. Still though somehow it grabs.
Now I had to replace the lower seal on this engine and the pulleys were seized on the crank shaft so I had to use a gear puller, that upper most gear was very slightly bent. I straightened it even more yesterday (it was already near perfect by eye) and even cleaned up the inside so it was smooth but still no luck.
I can think of two options 1) a slightly longer belt 2) Try to adjust the existing pulleys to provide more slack in the belt.
Either way it seems I run the risk of ruining another belt and possibly ruining the electronic engagement wire on the PTO if the belt comes off and jams in there again.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by mattsse, July 15, 2015 - 08:49 PM.