My Craftsman (AYP) 917.287261, 42" cut with two cylinder Briggs engine, fuel tank under the seat area and fuel filler on the left rear fender has a problem. 287 hours on the meter. Sudden onset, the hydro will barely pull a hill, stops when going up the hill but gradually seems to pull and then gains speed slowly. I have ordered a new belt but suspect a bigger problem.
The belt is 130969, 532130969 if used on Husqvarna.
Does this sound like a belt problem? If not, what is the more likely problem?
And with the gas tank over the transaxle, how is the belt changed? Access to the pulley on the transaxle?
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