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GT275 Traction Belt doesnt run smooth

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Good Morning,

First time poster, I appreciate everyones insight. I went back several pages and searched but probably don't know the right terminology.

I am the second owner of the above machine. Overall a pretty good machine, I've kept the maint up on it as much as I know how.

I have done most of the maint since I've owned it. I use it to cut a small ( in relationship to most here) yard, but, I have a big hill which is the most important reason for the large tractor.

I have noticed that the traction belt doesnt run smooth, it bounces around crazy between the pulleys and sheaves. I replaced the belt and it still does it. I've also replaced the bushings on the idler arm and ordered a new spring. When the mower is running, I can pull the idler arm and get more tension on the idler and things smooth out a bit. So, we'll see.

How do you diagnose worn pulleys and sheaves? They all seem to spin fine without any grinding or noise, how do you determine if the opening is too worn out? I'm wondering if they are so worn out that the channel the belts ride in are going too far in and pinching inside the pulley.

I could begin replacing them all, but, i hate throwing money at it until it goes away.

Any thoughts you all might have would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for the response, I've looked over these pulleys and sheaves closely. I've spun them some and there is no roughness in the bearings. I just replaced the idler bushings hoping that would help, no luck.

Can the pulley itself wear down and start pinching the belt? How do you know if a pulley is worn? Can I get these pulleys elsewhere? From JD they're 18 each, the motor and transaxle pulleys are 40 each.

I'm stumped.

I hate to just start throwing money at it, but, it seems thats what I may end up doing.

Thanks again for your help,
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