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Does deck need to be removed to replace drive belt if you have a jack

Craftsman Riding Mower LT1500 - Do I still need to remove deck when replacing the drive belt if I lift the mower with my jack?

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@akt this is what the manual says about how to replace it.


Park the tractor on level surface. Engage parking brake For assistance, there is a belt installation guide decal on bottom side of left footrest.


1, Remove mower (See "TO REMOVE MOWER" in this section of manual).

NOTE: Observe entire motion drive belt and position of all belt guides and keepers.

2, Remove belt from stationary idler and clutching idler°

3, Remove belt downward from around engine pulley,

4, Pull belt slack toward rear of tractor, Remove belt upwards from transaxle pulley by deflecting belt keepers.

5, Remove belt from center span keeper and pull belt away from tractor,


1. Carefully work new belt down between transaxle belt keepers and onto the input pulley.

2. Slide belt into the center span keeper..

3, Pull belt toward front of tractor and roll around the top groove of engine pulley,.

4. Install belt through stationary idler and clutching idler.

5, Make sure belt is in all pulley grooves and inside all belt guides and keepers.

6. Install mower (See "TO INSTALL MOWER" in this section of manual),.

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There is a bit of a different way you could do it. Check this video.

Quick answer to your question. Yes.

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