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Anyone ever had a new belt shrink? A mower was brought to me for belt replacement. The owner bought the new belt in 2001. I verified that is was the right belt. The new belt is about 2" to short. It would not even come close to going on the pulleys. Not sure if it was stamped wrong or it actually shrunk in 11 years.
 

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No, I can say that I have never had a belt shrink. Are you sure it's the same belt? If the belt was never put on the mower, then it may have never fit. Measure the belt and find out how long the correct belt is supposed to be. It's possible it's marked wrong, I have run across that before.
 

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l can not say about mower belts,But

I have seen it many times on belts for cars. both long and/or wide.
more so in the past 10 years. not so much 30 years ago.
 
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