Rega Planar 3 Help/Advice

I recently purchased one and have received it but when I went to put it together I put the belt on the subplatter and then the glass platter. I turn the machine on and the belt flaps and will not turn the platter. I take the glass platter off and the belt spins on the subplatter just fine. When I take the belt off the subplatter it pops back into a perfect circle so it does not appear to be worn. However, I have ordered a new belt just to be sure. I notice when the belt is installed the motor pulley bends in toward the subplatter. Is this normal? This table was purchased for a second system that frankly won't get a lot of play so I don't want to have to spend a fortune on it to upgrade it but I would be open to some easy tweeks that don't cost a lot. I have several other questions about the table. If there would be a knowledgable member willing to share some advice via email or phone would you send me a private email and let me know how to contact you.
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Great advice Elizabeth but with one exception. Do not use motor oil. Rega specs call for 80/90 weight hypoid oil. That is the heavy oil that would be used in a cars differential or older manual transmissions. They specify to use only one or two drops of oil.Motor oil works well in probably 95% of turntables but not Rega.
Castrol Hypoy C oil is available at amazon. The smallest size is a quart.That would last you at least 100 years or so. But Amazon has it for $6.00 or so. Your other option would be to go to your car mechanic and see if he would let you have a couple ounces or so.