I just bought a 936037 Ariens 42" Gear (manual transmission) Garden Tractor from Home Depot (already I'm thinking this it was not a good idea to buy this from them). Here is a link to the Operations Manual: http://www.manualsli...tor.html#manual
1st question: I had cut the lawn 4 or 5 times. During the 6th mowing, I noticed halfway through the job that the clutch engaged very quickly (even quicker than normal). When all done, the tractor suddenly would not go forward or in reverse. I checked and found that the motion drive belt fell off the pulley. Its tensionning system has one stationary and one clutching idler pulley. I re-placed the belt onto the pulley and it started to work again. However, the belt is VERY loose and vibrates so much that it makes a terrible racket. Seems like the belt should be a lot tighter than this (its not real tight even when the clutch pedal is released). I confirmed that the belt is installed correctly. Seems odd that it worked fine for the first 4 or 5 mowings and after so few mowings, the belt should not have stretched. Is there something that should be adjusted or checked?
2nd question: The clutch engages very quickly, even when I try to release it slowly! Not too bad when shifting into first gear, or even 2nd. But 3rd or 4th - look out! I almost get whiplash! :) Again, any adjustments for this?
Any help would be VERY much appreciated! Thank you.