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I have a 18.5hp B&S 1997 Murray Select just recently purchased however never tried the tractor with the mower deck installed. w/o the deck it ran great.

My tractor main drive belt was slipping with the extra load from the mower deck attacked to the crankshaft and my belt was warnout however while I wait for a new main drive belt in the mail, I notice the crankshaft moves freely by hand and squeaks without any belts on it while the tractor is off. Is that normal?

My greatest fear is the crankshaft is somehow stripped inside the motor and any extra load besides moving me will make it slip. I wont know for a week until my belt arrives but I need reassurance.

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I wouldn't think too much about it. If anything was wrong inside the whole thing would come apart, IMHO.
 
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