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    How to read a micro v-belt PK number

    A “PK” number is a worldwide standard metric belt measurement printed on most Micro-V serpentine belts.

    September
    6
    2017

    Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical Tensioners

    It is important to understand the difference between Hydraulic & Mechanical timing belt tensioners. Here we highlight key points in the function and installation of the hydraulic tensioning method for the timing system.

    August
    28
    2017

    2007 Toyota Yaris Accessory Belt Drive Noise

    Complaints of accessory drive belt squeal led the OEM to publish updated belt tension specifications and measuring procedures.

    August
    17
    2017

    1996 FORD 7.3L DIESEL WATER PUMP

    1996 model year Ford trucks and vans with the 7.3L diesel require an additional seal and fitting for a complete install of the 45000 water pump, due to the presence of a different heater return hose.

    August
    6
    2017

    Audi & Volkswagen timing belt drive service infromation

    Due to durability issues with the original OE synchronous drive system, the manufacturer has reengineered the drive to achieve a more reliable setup that provides worry free performance. Refitting the synchronous drive with the reengineered component is the recommended service procedure for these vehicles. Gates Timing Component Kits and Timing Component Kits with Water Pump …

    August
    4
    2017

    Changing belt inspection methods

    Standard industry belt diagnostics call for replacement of a serpentine belt if it shows three cracks in a three inch section. This is a good rule of thumb for Neoprene, but not so good for EPDM. EPDM belts inherently resist cracking because of the increased elasticity, so a visual check for cracks is not a …

    July
    27
    2017

    Hyundai or Kia timing belt tensioner

    After performing a thorough analysis of the timing system on these vehicles, Gates Engineers have determined a need to highlight proper installation and setup procedures of the timing belt tensioner. This tensioner is a spring type automatic tensioner with eccentric adjustment for setting the initial tension. Tension in the drive is increased by rotating the …

    July
    21
    2017

    False Perception of Aftermarket Timing Belts

    The Gates Technical Team has recognized these applications for potentially difficult timing belt installations. It is also common for steps in the installation procedure to be overlooked resulting in lost time and warranty returns. Industry publications as well as professional technician forums may recommend the use of only an OES replacement timing belt due to …

    July
    5
    2017

    New Subaru special service tool

    Industry concern has been raised regarding the Subaru hydraulic tensioner (Gates T43138) applications listed within this bulletin. This issue has prompted the Gates Engineers to closely analyze these specific applications. The following information pertains to these findings as well as providing a solution.

    June
    21
    2017

    Installation recommendations for timing belt system on Honda 1.7L Engines

    Installation recommendations for timing belt system on Honda 1.7L Engines

    June
    12
    2017