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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The importance of knowing (and following) the torque specs

Torque specs are crucial information whenever you make repairs and you want to do a proper job. In this article, we discuss the consequences of applying too much or too little torque, as well as the importance of using a torque wrench and/or a torque angle gauge.

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Opel/Vauxhall engines and chassis (VIN) numbers: clearing the confusion

Opel/Vauxhall engine numbers and chassis (or Vehicle Identification Numbers, VIN) numbers have long been a source of confusion. When looking for parts or kits, you only have to pay attention to the last six digits of the engine number (the first two digits refer to the production plant). Similarly, the eleventh digit of the chassis (VIN) number identifies the manufacturing plant and does not belong to the serial number itself. Read on to find out more!

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Technical training


The importance of technical training

Our technical trainings are free tools we provide to increase your technical knowledge and skills, and to make sure you have all the information you need to correctly use and install our products. Join us to find out all about it.

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