Published on May 1st, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers6
How to Replace the Drive Belt on a Toro Recycler Mower
Drive belts are a key piece of what makes your mower go, if it is damaged or twisted, you need to replace it as soon as possible!
Just in case you don’t know how to do that, or just want to make sure that you are doing it correctly, here is how to replace the drive belt for both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive Toro self-propelled mowers.
Be sure that you check your owner’s manual for model specific details, the following directions and equipment sizes are for a Toro Recycler Mower.
What you will need:
- Toro Recylcer Mower
- New Drive Belt
- Socket Wrench with various sized sockets
Rear Wheel Drive Belt Replacement:
Disconnect the spark plug wire.
Remove the battery pack cover.
Take out the battery and the fuse.
Remove the screw that is located inside the battery cover.
Remove the screw that can be found in the battery bracket.
Remove all of the screws that attach the belt cover underneath of the mower (these screws are located on top of the mower deck).
Tilt the mower onto its side and remove the belt cover from underneath of the mower deck.
Remove just ONE of the screws that holds the belt guide in place.
Slightly loosen the second screw that is holding the belt guide.
Move the belt guide away from the belt driver assembly.
Loosen the drive belt by removing some of its tension around the pulley.
Pry the belt form the fingers of the bracket.
With the new belt, thread it between the fingers of the bracket and the pulley.
Move the belt guide back over the driver assembly so it is in its original position.
Re-install the screw that you removed
Re tighten the screw that you had previously loosened.
Re-Install the belt cover and return the mower to its upright position.
Re install the screw that attach the belt cover to the underside of the mower (screws located on top of the mower deck).
Place the battery into its original position and install the screw (in battery bracket).
Install the screw that is located inside the battery cover.
Re-install the battery and the fuse.
Place the battery pack cover back onto the battery.
Front Wheel Drive Belt Replacement:
Disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tip the mower on its left side to access the screws for the cover (the cover is located over the front left tire).
Using a 3/8” socket wrench, remove the 2 screws that hold the belt cover in place.
Remove the mower blade (this will require a 5/8” socket wrench).
Now you need to remove the screws that hold the belt guide in place, using a ½” socket wrench, remove the upper screw completely and just loosen the lower screw.
Using the screw as a pivot point, move the belt guide away from the belt driver assembly.
Un-install the drive belt from the belt driver assembly.
Thread the belt through the base towards the pulley.
Lessen the tension of the belt around the pulley.
Carefully pry the belt from the fingers of the bracket.
Thread the new drive belt between the fingers of the bracket and pulley.
Thread the drive belt through the base and place the end of it over the belt driver assembly.
Move the belt guide so it is back in its original position over the belt driver assembly.
Replace the upper screw of the belt guide using a ½” socket wrench.
Using the same socket wrench, tighten the lower screw.
Replace the blade.
Put the drive belt cover back over the assembly and install the 2 screws that hold the drive belt cover in place (3/8” socket wrench).
Remember to check your owner’s manual for specifics about your mower!
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