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Introducing the Kit Finder tool in our online catalogue

When replacing a belt, you cannot expect the idlers and tensioners to last another duty cycle. The best way to prevent roadside breakdowns and costly repairs is to replace all components of the Belt Drive System at the same time by working with a complete kit. All of our kits are specifically composed for their applications and include one or more belts together with the matching metal parts. No idea which kit you need? Gates has got you covered! We’re the first supplier in the market to offer a Kit Finder tool in our online catalogue

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Digital installation instructions for Gates PowerGrip Kits

Gates is widely known for its focus on continuous innovation. It is in this spirit that we have decided to replace the paper installation instructions for our PowerGrip® Kits by easy-to-use and mobile-friendly digital installation instructions. In this article, we explain the benefits of these new installation instructions and elaborate on how to use them.

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The importance of respecting the water pump change interval

Every car has its own timing belt change interval. The exact number of kilometers after which an overhaul is required varies between 40,000 and 240,000 kilometers, depending on the engine type and/or the belt construction. Yet changing the belt does not suffice: we recommend replacing the water pump whenever you fit belt kits. This way of working is not only more efficient; it also prevents costly comebacks. Read on to discover the details about why replacing all parts of the accessory drive system (including the water pump) is crucial.

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A closer look at turbocharger hoses and their possible failures

Due to the drive to make cars more fuel-efficient, smaller and lighter-weight engines started to become commonplace in newer vehicles, with turbochargers used to compensate for the associated power loss. In fact, around 75% of new vehicles sold in Europe today are turbocharged. The turbocharger compresses air from the atmosphere and delivers it to the engine through a series of turbocharger hoses. In what follows, we will take a closer look at these hoses, which are increasingly in aftermarket demand as a wave of turbocharged vehicles leave the warranty period. We will also outline some possible failures and provide tips for replacement.

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Understanding modular coolant hose failure

Cooling systems have grown increasingly complex in recent years, as more and more vehicles became turbocharged or were equipped with battery packs that needed cooling. These days, many coolant hoses branch off to various components, and are typically outfitted with connectors and sensors. In this article, we’ll discuss the ways in which these modular hose assemblies, as they’re known, can fail.

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Timing belt change on a VAG 1.0 3-cylinder petrol engine

Engine technology is evolving rapidly, as manufacturers continue to improve their designs to meet increasing efficiency and performance demands. The recent VAG 1.0 3-cylinder petrol engine, with its non-round camshaft pulleys, is a case in point. Ensuring belt tension optimisation, these special pulleys do require a specific timing belt change procedure, which we will elaborate on below.

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The unique characteristics of electric water pumps and the main causes of their failure

A 50% increase in cars with electric water pumps is expected over the next four years. Being a fairly new technology, electric water pumps tend to break down for various reasons, from too much demand placed on the pump, to contamination due to inadequate sealing. In this article, we’ll discuss these causes in more detail, and zoom in on the unique advantages of electric water pumps over their traditional counterparts. 

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Did you know there are different types of bolts for TVD fixation?

As a result of increasing vibrations inside engine compartments, practically all car manufacturers use torsional vibration dampers (TVDs) or harmonic balancers in their engines to reduce vibrations and increase comfort for the driver. But when a TVD needs replacement there are various types of bolts of which some need to be replaced because of technical requirements and others can be re-used.

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Oil contamination can be detrimental to the automatic tensioner


Oil contamination can be damaging to the automatic tensioner

The harmful consequences of engine oil dripping on the timing belt are widely known, yet few people realise that oil has equally detrimental effects on the automatic tensioner. In most engines, oil contamination reduces damping, causing the tensioner to lose control over the engine dynamics and resulting in high arm movement. Ultimately, this will lead to engine failure.

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Tensile cords in automotive belts


Tensile cords in automotive belts: clearing up a common misunderstanding

Every automotive belt is reinforced with tensile cords, which form the backbone of the belt. Without them, your Micro-V® belt or timing belt would be a mere rubber band. When a timing belt or a Micro-V® belt breaks, many mechanics blame the tensile cords, assuming that the point where they are ‘knotted or welded together’ is the belt’s Achilles heel. Read on to find out why this supposition is wrong. 

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