timing belt tension


The importance of loosening the camshaft sprocket while setting the timing belt tension

On most newer engines, you need to loosen the camshaft sprocket while setting the timing belt tension. This is the only way to guarantee the correct engine position as well as an even load distribution along the complete drive, right from the moment you set the timing belt tension. Read on to find out more, and to discover the consequences of following the wrong course of action.

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Modular coolant hoses: typical failures and best maintenance practices

Coolant hoses have evolved. They now contain more plastic connections, which makes for lighter systems and better fuel efficiency yet also comes with a downside. Due to temperature changes, the plastic connectors in those modular hoses tend to become brittle over time. Read on to find out all you need to know about typical hose failures and how to deal with them.

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Selecting the right Micro-V belt

Our product catalogue contains more than 1,300 Micro-V® belts and all of them have different dimensions and characteristics. In this article, we help you select the belt you need. We elaborate on the sizing of our Micro-V® belts (stressing, in particular, that a small difference in length will not cause belt failure) and explain why you cannot always rely on the belt that was mounted before.

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Free app makes Gates catalogue even more accessible

At Gates, we continually update our digital service offering to make working with our parts and kits as simple, pleasant and as intuitive as possible. That’s why we are proud to announce the Gates automotive catalogue app for smartphones and tablets, available as from today. Read on to find out how this new app will make it even easier to access one of the aftermarket’s most comprehensive product ranges.

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Noisy timing belt tensioner on the 1.6L/2.0L 8V gasoline engines?

The timing drives of the 1.6L and the 2.0L 8V gasoline engines that can be found in Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda models look quite simple. Yet notifications by mechanics complaining of a noisy timing belt tensioner right after installation alerted us to the fact that two rules specified in the installation instructions are frequently ignored, leading to the sounds reported. Read on to find out all about our analysis of the problem – and the solution.

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T43245: fitting procedure and commonly made mistakes

In this article, we present the solution to a problem that many mechanics seem to be experiencing with the T43245 tensioner. We received several reports of adjusters on this tensioner breaking or cracking during installation but could find no evidence of a manufacturing fault whatsoever. Instead, a common installation error turned out to be at the heart of the issue. Read on to discover how to prevent a broken adjuster.

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Wear analysis on timing belts

As you probably know already, some vehicle manufacturers require you to check the timing belt as part of the mandatory inspection. In this article, we will explain how you can detect various types of wear on the timing belt.

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Mitsubishi 4D56


Servicing the timing belt drive of a Mitsubishi 4D56 diesel engine

The Mitsubishi 4D56, though especially popular among SUV and pick-up enthusiasts, is a very common diesel engine in general. Yet servicing the timing drive system comes with some specific challenges. After all, there’s the additional synchronous drive of the balancer shafts and the hydraulic tension system of the camshaft drive belt to consider. We will not walk you through the entire timing belt replacement here but focus instead on those points where mistakes can easily be made.

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tensioner T43091


TT 020 about tensioner T43091: clarification and installation procedure

We recently released Tech Tip 020, which has tensioner T43091 as its topic. To give you the complete picture and to reduce the risk of confusion to an absolute minimum, this article will provide a verbal clarification of the visual explanation provided in TT020 and discuss the installation procedure in more detail. 

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