Lawn Mowers How to Replace the Drive Belt for a Toro Recycler Mower

Published on May 1st, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers

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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:

Step 1:

Disconnect the spark plug wire.

Step 2:

Remove the battery pack cover.

Step 3:

Take out the battery and the fuse.

Step 4:

Remove the screw that is located inside the battery cover.

Step 5:

Remove the screw that can be found in the battery bracket.

Step 6:

Remove all of the screws that attach the belt cover underneath of the mower (these screws are located on top of the mower deck).

Step 7:

Tilt the mower onto its side and remove the belt cover from underneath of the mower deck.

Step 8:

Remove just ONE of the screws that holds the belt guide in place.

Step 9:

Slightly loosen the second screw that is holding the belt guide.

Step 10:

Move the belt guide away from the belt driver assembly.

Step 11:

Loosen the drive belt by removing some of its tension around the pulley.

Step 12:

Pry the belt form the fingers of the bracket.

Step 13:

With the new belt, thread it between the fingers of the bracket and the pulley.

Step 14:

Move the belt guide back over the driver assembly so it is in its original position.

Step 15:

Re-install the screw that you removed

Step 16:

Re tighten the screw that you had previously loosened.

Step 17:

Re-Install the belt cover and return the mower to its upright position.

Step 18:

Re install the screw that attach the belt cover to the underside of the mower (screws located on top of the mower deck).

Step 19:

Place the battery into its original position and install the screw (in battery bracket).

Step 20:

Install the screw that is located inside the battery cover.

Step 21:

Re-install the battery and the fuse.

Step 22:

Place the battery pack cover back onto the battery.

 

Front Wheel Drive Belt Replacement:

Step 1:

Disconnect the spark plug wire.

Step 2:

Tip the mower on its left side to access the screws for the cover (the cover is located over the front left tire).

Step 3:

Using a 3/8” socket wrench, remove the 2 screws that hold the belt cover in place.

Step 4:

Remove the mower blade (this will require a 5/8” socket wrench).

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Using the screw as a pivot point, move the belt guide away from the belt driver assembly.

Step 7:

Un-install the drive belt from the belt driver assembly.

Step 8:

Thread the belt through the base towards the pulley.

Step 9:

Lessen the tension of the belt around the pulley.

Step 10:

Carefully pry the belt from the fingers of the bracket.

Step 11:

Thread the new drive belt between the fingers of the bracket and pulley.

Step 12:

Thread the drive belt through the base and place the end of it over the belt driver assembly.

Step 13:

Move the belt guide so it is back in its original position over the belt driver assembly.

Step 14:

Replace the upper screw of the belt guide using a ½” socket wrench.

Step 15:

Using the same socket wrench, tighten the lower screw.

Step 16:

Replace the blade.

Step 17:

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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6 Responses to How to Replace the Drive Belt on a Toro Recycler Mower

  1. carl johnson says:

    Toro Model No 20332
    When pulling the handle back to self propel is does not engage,adjusting as shown in the diagram does not work.Nothing seems broken.What do I do?

  2. Dwight Allen says:

    I have a toro front wheel drive recycler, in need of a belt replacement. I have accomplished all of the steps to get the old belt off ,actually it broke so getting it off wasn”t an issue, the issue is that I’m unable to loosen the bolts to move the belt guide, my guess is that rust has them pretty much frozen on, my other thought was perhaps they are left hand threaded, but I couldn’t get either one of them to move even a little bit, Lock tite maybe, using liquid wrench yype product to assist, any further thoughts ? Bigger hammer !

  3. Fw says:

    This seems so thorough. Photos or a video would be awesome though….m

  4. Grady says:

    After replacing belt for toro self propelled lawn mower still won’t engage and gives a burning smell

  5. I am replacing drive belt for front wheel drive Toro Recycler 22″ cut, single speed. Belt measures 3/8 width. Tiny stone got lodged between belt and pulley wheel and about 2″ of belt almost worn through and probably stretched. Does anyone know length of replacement belt? Should be between 30-32″? Thanks Dave

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