02/07/2019 The correct use of sonic belt tension tester STT-1 Proper belt tension is essential for optimum performance and reliability, both for timing and Micro-V® belts. Some experienced mechanics are tempted to check belt tension by rule of thumb, yet Gates strongly discourages this practice and recommends using the sonic belt tension tester STT-1 for manual tensioners instead. After all, the correct amount of tension varies a lot from application to application, making it impossible to ‘feel’ whether it has indeed been reached. The STT-1 checks belt tension accurately every time, providing a quality standard for manual tensioners (note that the device cannot be applied to automatic tensioners). Read on to find out how to use the STT-1 correctly! More 04/06/2019 Introducing the Kit Finder tool in our online catalogue More 07/05/2019 Digital installation instructions for Gates PowerGrip Kits More 28/03/2019 The importance of respecting the water pump change interval More 09/01/2019 A closer look at turbocharger hoses and their possible failures More Read More News A higher level of tech support with Gates! To help increase workshop efficiency and reduce the number of expensive warranty claims, we provide installers with better system and product know-how.