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Started getting the deck from the donor 216 ready to go onto my 212 Saturday afternoon. While changing the deck belt I noticed that I could see the ball bearings in the main drive pulley (photo below). My gut tells me this isn’t right and there is probably a seal of some sort missing, but thought it was worth asking. I can’t compare it to the one on the 212 deck yet as I didn’t want to take the deck off the 212 until I have this one ready to go.

Any thoughts?

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Yes, that is not good. They are a sealed bearing to keep dirt out. It also appears that a few of the balls have taken an early retirement.
 

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I was afraid of that. Thank you for the confirmation.

So now the question becomes do I take what seems to be a good main sheave assembly off the deck I’ve been using and put it on this one or change the bearing on this one. Looking on line it appears that the bearing is available. How difficult are these to replace/are any special tools required?

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I'm assuming this is an idler pulley? When the bearings in mine began to fail, I removed the pulley, drilled out the rivets allowing the two halves to separate. I then replace the bearing, usually only a few bucks and bolt the two halves back together with 1/4" button head bolts and locking nuts. True I'm out the cost of the fasteners the first time but next time it will just be the bearing. Always use the sealed type bearing.
 
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