2011 LT2000 drive belt

Discussion in 'Craftsman / Sears' started by paiste18, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    I have a 2011 LT2000 and have had a few issues with it. First the rod came off, but that was covered, Next mow was today and as I was mowing I heard a noise saw a little smoke and the tractor stopped moving. I doesn't look like the belt broke, but is it possible the drive belt came off? I'm sure they wont cover this. Is there any place that I could get a diagram of it?
     
  2. JoeKP

    JoeKP Electric Man

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    Feb 23, 2012
    what is the model number? looks like XXX.XXXXXX
     

  3. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Usually belts will have enough retainers to keep them on the pulleys, id get underneath and do a bird's eye view - ive sometimes gotten plain sticks wedged up in the drive system causing issues.
     
  4. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    I thought is was a belt because the acceleration petal went limp.
     
  5. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    People can help you much better if they know WHAT tractor you have!

    Saying LT 2000 is like saying Chevy.

    Hydro or manual??

    Petal or pedal?

    Post the Sears 917.xxxxxx number.
     
  6. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    Okay here is some more information. I have been having a hell of time trying to fix this. This is 2011 Craftsman LT 2000 Model# 247.288851. I'm trying to replace the drive belt and I'm looking at the diagram but I must be missing something. The belt is on as you can see in the photos. Is this on right? When I tested it out as soon as I put it in gear the tractor just went without pressing down the petal. The petal is like mush and basically useless so I must have this belt on wrong. Can anyone help??:coffee::knife:
     

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  7. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
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  8. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    I have that diagram that's what I been using.
     
  9. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    Looks to me like you have it routed wrong?
     
  10. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    I can't figure out where I went wrong any suggestions?
     
  11. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    Looking at the manual, I see that has the variable speed pulley.
    I'd check the pulley (part 7 in the diagram).
    The way I understand it, it should "open/close" to change the diameter to change the speed.
    I'd think the belt probably isn't "kosher" in that spot.
     
  12. Country Boy

    Country Boy Bovi-Sapiens

    Mar 18, 2010
    From looking at your picture and the diagram, you have the belt through the double pulleys the wrong way. The right side of the belt in your picture should be straight from front to back and the left one should go to the right of the top pulley and to the left of the bottom pulley in the double pulleys in the middle of the tractor. When you are looking at the diagram, you have to remember that you are looking down from the top of the tractor, and when you are laying under there, you are looking up from the bottom. Do you see where the #69 is on the diagram? That's the left hand side of the tractor. The #67 on the diagram would be on the right side of the tractor. Swap the belt around, and I bet it will work.
     
  13. JoeKP

    JoeKP Electric Man

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    Feb 23, 2012
    That's the first thing I noticed that looked off
     
  14. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    Well I switched it around and now the petal is stiff and you cant even push it down? What a pain this is. I shouldn't be dealing with this on a tractor that's less than a year old.
     
  15. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    Ok I switched the belt alighnment and the petal was stiff, but it worked. Maybe its stiff because its a new belt. I put the deck back on and made a few passes with no issues. I stopped and looked under the tractor and everything seemed fine. I felt the drive belt and it was pretty hot. I hope that isn't a problem? Is it normal for the belt to be warm? I guess when I try to mow this afternoon i'll know. If I burn this belt up I swear ill just pay sears to come out. Hopefully it won't be an issue.:beer:
     
  16. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    That's pedal.
    Petals are on flowers
     
  17. Country Boy

    Country Boy Bovi-Sapiens

    Mar 18, 2010
    The belt will get very warm with use due to friction with the pulleys. If it gets so hot that it starts melting the rubber, then there is a problem.
     
  18. paiste18

    paiste18 New Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
    Well I used it for an hour and half to cut my lawn and no problems :). So I think I fixed that. Now the dam break isn't working for some reason, so I'll need to look that, but at least i'm mowing again. Thanks for all your help. You guys were a big help Bye
     
  19. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Dang - can defintely see MTD's influence on it - variable pulley is used in craftsmans too - thats one weird belt setup tho.


    Always remember - flat side of the belt rides on flat pulleys , v side of belt rides in the groove pulleys . Sometimes things get turned around while underneath a tractor.

    I dont blame you for wanting to tackle it yourself, with sears repair program youd probably of still been waiting .
     
  20. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010

    Yep, and Bolens used it for a few years too.. The vari-drive setup..