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Our riding mower won't turn left or right. It will go straight and backwards. It's an 11 yr. old John Deere. Also the belt won't turn the blade; it is loose when put into gear. It ran great until all this happened; the not turning and belt being loose.
There are a lot of good videos on repairing your John Deere. Some repairs are generic and may work on almost any model but some may be unique to your model.
Here are a couple of links that deal with your steering problem but you can also Google John Deere riding mower with your model number and find lots of helpful videos.
Here is an excellent repair video for your lawn mower on YouTube. It seems this is a common problem with older mowers. You can watch the repair video here:
Make sure the drive belt is routed correctly. Also check the idler pulley, which adjusts the tension in the drive belt. There is an excellent article here:homeguides.sfgate.com/