The Craftsman GT 5000 series garden tractors were manufactured by the Husqvarna Group from 2009 to 2011. It’s equipped with transmission and a mower deck. While means of a motion drive belt powers the hydro-static transmission means of a mower drive belt turns the mower deck. These two are poly because they are exposed to wear from usage, heat and weather exposure.
Planning for Belt Removal
Park the garden tractor on a level surface and set the parking brake. The parking brake lever is underneath the control board of the operator, just on the left side.
Push the elevator lever notch in the rear fender to reduce the mower deck allowing access to replace the mower drive belt. Remove when replacing the motion drive belt.
Turn the ignition button off and remove the key. Pull on the spark plug wire from the spark plug , positioning the wire from the spark plug connect while you work.
Mower Drive Belt Replacement
Unhook the mower drive belt tension rod from the mower deck lock mount; hold the rod to stop the tension rod from snapping backward. The mower drive belt tension rod toward the backyard tractor left back tire slowly to alleviate pressure belt tension. The mower drive belt tension rod is about the left side of the mower deck in front of the pulley cover that is mandrel.
Unscrew the left and right side deck pulley cover retaining bolts. Lift the mower deck mandrel covers out of the mower deck.
Remove from round the electric clutch pulley, idler pulley and mandrel pulley. The clutch is directly under the engine pulley.
Insert the side of the mower drive belt into the left and right side mandrel pulley grooves. Thread the belt round the remaining mower deck idler pulleys in inverse order of removal the side of the belt into the grooves along with the flat side from the pulley surface.
Slip the side of the mower drive belt round the electric clutch pulley. Visually inspect the mower deck pulleys to ensure the belt seated and is correctly routed in the grooves.
Replace the covers over the pulleys and tighten the retaining bolts. The mower drive belt tension rod toward the front of the mower deck to tension the mower drive belt. Hook the mower drive belt tension rod into the mower deck lock mount to set the strain.
Motion Drive Belt Replacement
Remove out of beneath the garden tractor frame to get the motion drive belt and motion drive belt components.
Disconnect the clutch wire harness electrical connector. The clutch and clutch wire harness are around the right side inside the bottom frame, directly under the engine. Unscrew the bolt with a socket wrench and then pull on the motion drive belt link that is anti-rotation . The motion drive belt link is directly beside the garden tractor clutch around the front, right side of the tractor frame exterior.
Roll the motion drive belt and clutching idler pulleys, and from round the center span idler. Lift, and pull on the belt slack toward the backyard tractor back the belt up and above the pulley.
Slip the motion drive belt from the garden tractor engine down the electric clutch and pulley. Pull the motion drive belt rearward beyond the steering , allowing you to completely free the belt .
Hold the motion drive belt from the back to the front, pushing on it on steering and the brake pedal shaft toward the clutch. Pull on the belt and about the engine pulley. Push the side of the belt into the engine pulley groove.
Pull on the belt slack toward the backyard tractor rear axle and slide it through the back belt keeper that is trans-axle. The motion drive belt upwards and above the back pulley that is trans-axle. Fit the motion drive belt into the trans-axle pulley groove. Guide the belt the idler pulley that is stationary, around the center span idler pulley, and clutching idler pulleys.
Set back the anti-rotation link into place on the ideal side of the tractor frame and tighten the bolt. Twist together the clutch wiring harness electric connector by hand. Install the mower deck.