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    Serpentine System – What makes a belt slip?

    This short video explains what makes a belt slip

    March
    28
    2017

    Serpentine System – Problems with Belt Slip

    This short video explains problems with belt slip.

    March
    10
    2017

    Belt Tension Calculator

    Proper belt tension ensures optimum performance of a vehicle’s accessory belt drive system.

    February
    10
    2017

    Gates Boxed Timing Component Kits with Water Pumps

    Research shows that over 70% of consumer comebacks are eliminated when a boxed timing belt component KIT is installed versus just the belt.

    January
    28
    2017

    G-Force CVT Belt Installation Tips

    To ensure optimal operation of newly installed belts, the CVT sheaves must be cleaned of all old belt residue, glazing, and oils.

    January
    26
    2017

    Lack of Serpentine System Maintenance Destroys Engine

    The importance of Being System Smart is perhaps nowhere more evident than on 2006 – 2013 BMW models with the N52 or N54 engine. These 2.5 L and 3.0 L engines are used in a variety of 1-series, 3-series, and 5-series vehicles.

    January
    13
    2017

    Timing belt with or without dimple? That’s not the question!

    For certain Fiat Group, VAG and PSA engines, the OE timing belt may have a ‘dimple’ or groove in the teeth, but the OE-quality aftermarket Gates replacement sometimes does not. However, this does not mean that the aftermarket belt is not a suitable replacement part because the dimple is not there. In fact, Gates originally …

    December
    22
    2016

    FAQs on PTFE timing belts

    Gates technical experts answer some common questions from mechanics and explain the special properties of timing belts made with PTFE. It’s rare for Gates Technical Workshops to take place without some discussion about the construction of timing belts in general and, in particular, why so many timing belts contain polytetrafluoroethylene or, PTFE as it is …

    December
    13
    2016

    How to prevent water pump failure?

    The majority of water pump failures are caused by some other factor than a bad-quality water pump. It’s easy to blame the pump. But, it takes a good technician to identify the root cause and correct the situation before another water pump fails. A faulty mechanical seal caused by bad installation practices is the most …

    July
    28
    2016

    Techtalk – Vibration

    Cause and effect When problems arise in drive systems, be sure to treat the causes not the symptoms, says Gates. When a vehicle with an excessively noisy Synchronous Belt Drive System (SBDS) came in for a diagnostic check, the solution seemed very straightforward. With the drive system cover removed, the belt was evidently worn and …

    August
    3
    2012