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    S240 Drive Belt Installation

    Last weekend I was mowing my 1 acre spread and ran over a small branch on the lawn and my mower came to halt. Motor was still running and the blades were still spinning. Shut it down and could see the belt that should be around the gearbox pulley in the rear was between the plastic impeller blades and the top of the pulley.

    Got it in my garbage and removed the mower deck and hoped to just be able to get the belt back on the rear pulley. Removed the tension assembly withe hope that that would give me enough slack to slip it back on which in fact is enough.

    Only problem is that there is a pin maybe 1/4 to 5/16 inch in diameter in the way near the pulley with not enough room to squeeze the belt in. I imagine that pin is in place to help prevent the belt from slipping off....or prevent it from being slipped on.

    So now it looks like a fairly large job to disassemble a lot more to get the belt back on.

    Or am I missing something?

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    Are you talking about #11?

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    That's it ...I think

    That looks like that could be the culprit? Is it like it shows in the isometric exploded view that makes it look like its threaded and I can just remove it with a wrench?

    Though with everything else in the way I might not be able to get to it.
    Last edited by Sprags; 07-02-2017 at 06:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprags View Post
    That looks like that could be the culprit? Is it like it shows in the isometric exploded view that makes it look like its threaded and I can just remove it with a wrench?

    Though with everything else in the way I might not be able to get to it.

    Yes, you will need to remove that pin to get the belt back on. It's designed to help keep the slack belt from falling off. However it is amazing how the belt can still jump off anyway. Then the retainer resists your attempts to jump it back on.

    Look over the full length of the belt for damage. If you find even one bad spot replace it. Otherwise it will be coming back off. If a stick caused it to jump odds are it damaged the belt.
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    Unbelievable

    I went to the local John Deere dealer I bought my mower from and said I needed a drive belt because the one driving the rear gear box jumped the pulls and became badly frayed.

    He looks up the part number on his computer and comes back with a belt that was way too short. I told him that that belt couldn't possibly go from the engine around the idler pulleys and then back to rear gearbox.

    He then said everyone that he has ever helped only needed the belt for the mower deck. Told him I didn't say that and once again told him which belt I needed. He showed me the computer screen and said I must need the other drive belt. The other one wasn't right either. Didn't look like the drive train for the S240.

    He went back to the warehouse area and came back with another belt and said this must be the one I need. I asked him to prove that to me. He once again showed me an incorrect exploded view diagram which I told him was wrong.

    Then he suggested I order the one I need online. How can I if I don't know which is the correct one? Seems John Deere doesn't know one thing from another.
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    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprags View Post
    I went to the local John Deere dealer I bought my mower from and said I needed a drive belt because the one driving the rear gear box jumped the pulls and became badly frayed.

    He looks up the part number on his computer and comes back with a belt that was way too short. I told him that that belt couldn't possibly go from the engine around the idler pulleys and then back to rear gearbox.

    He then said everyone that he has ever helped only needed the belt for the mower deck. Told him I didn't say that and once again told him which belt I needed. He showed me the computer screen and said I must need the other drive belt. The other one wasn't right either. Didn't look like the drive train for the S240.

    He went back to the warehouse area and came back with another belt and said this must be the one I need. I asked him to prove that to me. He once again showed me an incorrect exploded view diagram which I told him was wrong.

    Then he suggested I order the one I need online. How can I if I don't know which is the correct one? Seems John Deere doesn't know one thing from another.
    I hate going to a place for help and I know more than the peep behind the counter. They have any other parts people that know what they are doing? If not try another dealer. Take your tractor's serial number with you. Write it down or take a good picture of it. I have needed it in the past to find the correct parts. Especially if the piece of equipment was built for a lot of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
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    Can you post the part number for #2? Looks like what he needs.
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    The number is at the bottom on the post. GX2000 something.
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    JD certainly doesn't do anyone any favors when it comes to making it easy to find part numbers on these things. The actual drive belt (aka Traction Belt) is not listed under the Power Train section but is instead listed in the Steering and Brakes section. It's no wonder the parts guy has a hard time finding it.
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