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Is there anything in the transmission that could slip? I lose speed on uphill runs under load. I am leaning toward the belt. Tractor is a 6216, with the 3 speed variator transmission. Thanks for your help.

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Jeff, That slippage is either a result of the adjustments becoming loose from vibration (very common), or the belt itself wearing out. With these, you've got to constantly adjust them. Personally, I think variators are junk. (I had a B-210 with a variator.) You can adjust the turnbuckle that's between the two pulleys on the right side of the transmission. That'll do the job. You also might want to check/adjust the idle pulley tension if the turnbuckle adjustment doesn't work. It might be as simple as the tension not being enough.

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Having three 6216's and one 6218, I agree if the engine is running fine it would be a adjustment issue or worn belt - make sure all tension parts are moving freely - Chris, and once again - I have found that "original Simplicity belts work the best"....

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Have you ever taken the engine pulley off and disassembled it - there is a plastic sleeve that may need replacing |) - you don't have to remove it from the engine - the three Allen screws at the bottom hold it together

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