When the blade doesn't spin but you can hear the motor running - the fault could lie with the the drive belt. Some may think that this could be the end of their lawnmower however it’s not!
A simple repair, replacing the belt on your lawnmower only requires the use of a couple of basic tools. Our simple step by step guide below will talk you through the replacement process highlighting just how simple it really is.
So if you are considering replacing the mower all because of a broken belt...DON’T! Save yourself some money and get a replacement belt and fix it yourself...becoming known as the hero to your lawnmower woes.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.
What You Will Need:
Step 1 - Safety Advice
Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair and due to the sharp edges exposed we suggest suitable Safety Gloves are worn to help prevent injury.
Step 2 - Loosening the Motor & Drive Assembly
To begin you need to flip your lawnmower upside down - this will allow you to undo the blade and remove the impeller.
Once the impeller has been removed you need to undo the four screws which are located around the centre and the one at the front of the machine. You will have to use a torx head screwdriver to remove these screws.
Step 3 - Finding the Belt
Next you can flip the mower back upright and remove the collection basket - with that out of the way you can then undo the three screw s which hold the motor cover. With the motor cover taken off you will be able to see the motor and drive assembly - if you remove the drive assembly and turn it over you’ll see the belt.
Step 4 - Creating Slack
To remove the belt you first need to create some slack and to do this you will need loosen the screws which hold the motor to the drive assembly. With the screws loosened and not removed you’ll notice you can remove the belt.
Step 5 - Fitting the New Belt
To install the new belt simply fit over the drive and then with a little bit of effort over the motor spindle. Once in place you will need to make sure it's tight and to do this while pushing the motor away from you tighten up the screws. Once in place you can then release pressure on the motor.
Step 6 - The Reassembly Process
With the new belt tight and in place you can now begin to reassemble the machine, putting the drive assembly back and rescrewing the motor cover in place, you can then carefully flip the machine again to tighten the holding torx screws. Once in place you can then fit the impeller and blade to then one last time flip the machine and replace the grass container bin.
There you have it - you’ve just replaced the drive belt on your Flymo lawnmower. For any other lawnmower related repairs don’t forget to see our advice centre for more diagnosis and how to guides.