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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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I've got a one year old YTS 3000 that won't move. Looking at the drive pulley/cooling fan above the transmission, it looks like he drive belt is slipping and way too loose. As far as I can tell, the belt is on correctly and running around all the idler pulleys. This tractor probably has less than 10 hours of run time on it. Is it normal for a drive belt to stretch that much? Or is there another possibly issue I need to check? Thanks for any insight.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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No, the drive belt is not likely to stretch. Check the clutch/brake travel. Are you sure you don't have the parking brake set when you are checking belt tension?
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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Do you have the little finger thinghie sticking out of the rear plate that allows you to push by hand. Is that out or in?
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:34 PM   #4
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The thingy that you pull out to push the tractor is in all the way. I had my son sitting on it with it in gear, and when he took his foot off the brake, you could see the belt spinning, and the cooling fan would move momentarily, but there clearly isn't enough tension on the belt to drive the transmission. I'm going to take a look at the tensioner and make sure the spring is intact, and verify that the belt path is correct. Very frustrating, as it's only a year old and hasn't seen much use. I've already had to replace the spring cable the engages the PTO after the spring hook on the end of it broke. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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It's possible that the pivot for the tensioner has rusted up, if it's been sitting. Getting under and eyeballing it should tell you. You can check the belt tension without the engine running. Get under and have someone work the pedal so you can see just how everything moves. It's possible the spring for the tensioner is broken (rusted). Does the machine sit in high humidity?

10 hours isn't much use in a year, maybe the linkage is gummed up from non-use.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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OK, so I finally got around to checking everything. Here's what I just observed:
- The "thingy" on the back is pushed ion completely
- The belt tension seems a little loose
- There aren't any obvious signs of rust or missing springs.
- The belt turns freely when the motor is off. I can pull it until the engine compression stops me from pulling further.

After I jiggled the "thingy", I started it up and it actually moved like it was working. This lasted for about 30 seconds, and then it stopped moving again. Had to push it back into my garage. Any other ideas for troubleshooting? Thanks for the above tips.
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I'm having almost the same issue.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:24 PM   #8
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I recently took the deck off my 3 year old YTS3000 to do some yard work and pull a cart. I may of played a little rough and took it in the woods to get some cut logs. Before I even got any the same thing happened, stuck in a very slow and creeping forward motion, nothing else. Also, the drive handle arm came out and of the 2 holes and just flops around under there. The "thingy" release is also unresponsive either pushing or pulling it, it used to have some drag to it when I switched it from engaged to push mode.

I though maybe I lost a spring or something in the woods.

Thanks in advance

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:44 PM   #9
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Any oil dripped on the belt?
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Any oil dripped on the belt?
Nope, dry as a bone
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