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1992 MTD 12.5 42 inch cut

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07-12-2012 17:21:36

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I have a 1992 model rider that I have had for a few years now, got from an older lady that bought it brand new, whenever she mowed with it the engine wasnt revved at all, matter of fact when i got it i gave it full throttle and broke the throttle cable, anyways I just put new belts on it, has three of the blasted things, got them all for i think 36 bucks on ebay, question is now when i go to slow down with it its like one of the belts is slipping, smell burning rubber really bad, but it still moves like its supposed to, now i had to replace the spindles on the mower deck, ordered them from ebay tonight, why are some priced at over 100 bucks, and the ones i ordered i got 17 bucks, same exact thing? Next question, front axle thing is getting wore out pretty good, replace the bushing in it now three times, this time i welded a thicker piece of flat steele beside the bushing hoping it last a bit longer, is there any other way to save the life of the front bushings? Thanks in advance..Bob

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07-12-2012 19:22:08

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 Re: 1992 MTD 12.5 42 inch cut in reply to molinebob, 07-12-2012 17:21:36  
Look at the 2 belts for the drive again. It sounds like one of your belts is rubbing a guide somwhere.

I am thinking the 1992 model would have bolts or pins around the engine pulley. and there is another pin by the variable speed pulley in the middle. Also, its easy to get the idler pulley on the wrong side of the rear belt. Rather than me try to tell you, best look at a parts diagram, it will be correct there.

MSRP List price for the genuine MTD spindle is probably over $100. It is for some of the later model mtds. The price you paid was probably for an 'aftermarket' copy of the oem part. It will probably work o.k. though.

For your front axle, I am guessing you mean the spindle on one side is wearing the bushings quickly where it rotates in the front axle. be sure it is not rusty. Rust will eat the plastic up pretty quick. Keep dirt off it when you assemble it. If the spindle is out of round or much undersize, you probably need to replace the spindle.

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