Re: How Do I Remove GT235 Drive Belt
Here's how to take off the main drive belt that connects the electric clutch on the front of the tractor to the pully under the fan at the back of the tractor. To remove it, using a visegrip, remove the tension spring to release the pressure on the belt. Referring to the Belt Drive and Idlers schematic at http://jdpc.deere.com
, Loosen the 2 pulleys (#24) and the #18 Idler that the belt winds through. Remove the #24 pully closest to the front of the tractor so the #23 (Angle) is out of the way. The others you don't need to take off as long as you can get the belt off them.
Unplug the electrical connection to the clutch. Take off the steering arm at the front of the tractor being careful not to change the adjustment of it.
At the back of the tractor, pull the hydraulic reservoir out of the molding that holds it in place so you gain access to the cooling fan sitting on top of the belt. Don't disconnect it. This is very tight but if you reach in behind that reservoir, you can carefully get the loose belt off the pulley and move it up to just under the fan. A piece of rope looped through the belt helps to pull the belt back. Be careful not to damage the fan blades. The belt is now between the pully and the fan. With the belt off the pully, there will be enough slack to then remove the belt from the front pully (#1) and slip it down over the clutch. Once off the clutch, position the steering rod to take the belt off that. A camera may help you remember how everthing goes. Next finish working the belt up and over the cooling fan in the back and pull it out. Install the new belt in reverse order.
To gain more room to work around that cooling fan, it helps to loosen the 4 bolts holding the fenderdeck on. I didn't remove it, just prop it up with a wedge on top of the tire and it will let you work in the back a little easier.
Good luck. It wasn't that tough once you knew how to do it.