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    Default GT245 belt squeal?

    I have a GT245 with the 54C deck. When I first engage the PTO, I hear what sounds to me like a brief belt squeal as the blades spin up. The squeal only lasts for a fraction of a second, and then I don't hear it again until the next time I engage the PTO.

    My guess is that this indicates my primary belt (M143019) is wearing out/glazing.

    Does the forum agree with my diagnosis?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    Not a problem, as something is starting from a dead stop to "go". Prolly a new belt will do the same thing. I wouldn't worry about it (but could have a belt on hand for when that time comes )

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    Try lowering the rpm's before engaging the mower drive. Might help and will increase the life of the belt and clutch.
    JD 2305, 62C MMM, JD 54" QH Front Blade, JD JS63C

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    Hmmm, I thought I've read that the tractor tends to stall if the engine isn't at wide open throttle when you engage the PTO.

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    I had a car with a squeaky belt and they used to sell this spray that I would spray on it when it acted up. I assume this would work on a Lawn mower as well. It was a couple of bucks at Wal-Mart or an auto parts store.

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    My gt235 48" deck has never squealed going on 350 hrs+ on original belt.
    Now next time I use it,it'll probably snap and get all tangled up in deck.

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    Default Re: GT245 belt squeal?

    Quote Originally Posted by bullbreaker View Post
    My gt235 48" deck has never squealed going on 350 hrs+ on original belt.
    Now next time I use it,it'll probably snap and get all tangled up in deck.

    Boone
    My GT245 is older than yours (520 hours), and has a 54" deck (more blade mass to spin up), and has a bigger engine. I'm guessing these factors are conspiring to make mine squeal even though yours hasn't yet. I believe this is the original belt too.

    I'm thinking of throwing a new belt onto it, and keeping the old one as a spare.

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