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PostSubject: Spring problem!   Spring problem! Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2023, 11:23 am

I've got a bit of a problem. I managed to replace the items after my MTD had the tensioner pulley and rear belt wreck themselves but I seem to be on my way to a hernia trying to hook up the front belt tension spring. I've slipped the belt off the motor end to give me a bit of slack but still can't pull the spring enough to hook it on to the arm (see photo).  Any thoughts?

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PostSubject: Re: Spring problem!   Spring problem! Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2023, 1:12 pm

Can you shift the belts manually to move the idler arm closer to the spring mount?
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PostSubject: Re: Spring problem!   Spring problem! Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2023, 4:03 pm

For the really tough springs, I use a metal hanger or wire in a big loop.  Hook one end and prybar the other side guiding it to the hole.  Once in, clip the wire.


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PostSubject: Re: Spring problem!   Spring problem! Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2023, 6:59 pm

They are really difficult to stretch that's no lie! A screwdriver can also help but I usually use a quality set of vise grips clamped super tight in a way I can pull them in the direction I need to stretch the spring to get the job done.


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