Re: Release Tension LX188 Drive Belt
When I got my LX188 a few years ago, the bolt holding the deck electric clutch kept falling out. I replaced it and the washer with the correct Deere bolt and washer, got it very tight.
Only ran it for a short time, bolt came out again. Replaced it again (lost in the grass).
Replaced the clutch, didn't help. Deck is the 38 inch one, used the correct JD belt.
Third bolt replacement I made the mistake of using blue loctite on the bolt. Bolt sheared off flush with the eingine shaft.
Luckily a friend helped me get it out with an easy out.
It seemed that the belt was way too tight. I left the lock arm (on the left side that hooks on the front) a few inches loose and used a rope to hold it.
Belt tension felt good. The engine bolt never came out.
I tried several JD belts but all were either too loose or too tight.
Ended up using a generic A60, 62 inch belt and all has been fine since then.
I later got a GT275 with no deck. Bought a 38 inch deck for it, used the same A60 belt, no issues.