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How to Read a Micro-V Belt PK Number

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  • Automotive

A "PK" number is a worldwide standard metric belt measurement printed on most Micro-V serpentine belts.

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Chevy Timing System Tensioning Issues

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  • Automotive

2004-2008 Chevy Aveo 1.6 L's utilize an eccentric water pump to set tension on the timing belt. A special service tool is required. Learn the causes of drive failure and how to avoid it.

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Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Tensioners

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  • Automotive

It is important to understand the difference between Hydraulic & Mechanical timing belt tensioners. Here we highlight key points in the function and installation of the hydraulic tensioning method for the timing system.

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2007 Toyota Yaris Accessory Belt Drive Noise

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  • Automotive

Complaints of accessory drive belt squeal led the OEM to publish updated belt tension specifications and measuring procedures.

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1996 Ford 7.3L Diesel Water Pump

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  • Automotive

1996 model year Ford trucks and vans with the 7.3L diesel require an additional seal and fitting for a complete install of the 45000 water pump, due to the presence of a different heater return hose.

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Audi & Volkswagen Timing Belt Drive Service Information

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  • Automotive

Durability issues led VW to redesign the timing system on certain vehicles. Updated and non-interchangeable parts include the timing belt and tensioner. Make sure to double check new components to ensure proper system alignment.

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Changing Belt Inspection Methods

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  • Automotive

Serpentine belt construction has changed over the years, and as a result, belt inspection methods must also change.

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Hyundai or Kia Timing Belt Tensioner

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  • Automotive

Thorough analysis uncovered the need for proper installation and setup procedures on this particular timing belt tensioner, which is a spring time automatic tensioner with eccentric adjustment for setting the initial tension.

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False Perception of Aftermarket Timing Belts

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  • Automotive

Various sources incorrectly blame aftermarket timing belts for causing check engine lights on select Toyota vehicles, when other factors such as improper setups are to blame.

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New Subaru Special Service Tool

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  • Automotive

Vehicles equipped with manual transmissions require a special spacing tool when servicing the timing belt to ensure the appropriate amount of clearance is created between the timing belt and guide plate.

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Perceived Water Pump Leak - Pump 44033

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  • Automotive

Improper replacement of the water pump on certain Cadillac vehicles will lead to premature leaks incorrectly diagnosed as a faulty pump.

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Possible Modification to Honda Timing Covers

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  • Automotive

Select V-6 applications may require a small modification to the timing cover during replacement of the accessory drive belt tensioner to allow for proper clearance.

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