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Chain-Driven Water Pump Failure

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  • Automotive

Premature failure of the water pump may be caused by external components such as the chain, tensioner and guides. Includes explanation and images of chain driven water pump failure.

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Diagnosing Tensioner Failure

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  • Automotive

It is important to understand the different failure modes of automatic belt tensioners, as well as the symptoms to be on the lookout for.

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Do Not Mix & Match Hydraulic Components

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

According to the SAE standard, never mix hose and couplings from different hydraulic manufacturers.

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Gates Solution Kit 38379K

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  • Automotive

Installation of aftermarket accessory belt drive components from Solution Kit 38379K may lead to belt length issues on some Dodge & Chrysler vans. Gates has resolved this issue by providing a different DriveAlign Pulley for the application.

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Dodge/Chrysler Heater Hose "Y" Connectors Prone to Cracking

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  • Automotive

Gates Engineers have developed a solution for the two heater hose "Y" connectors that are prone to cracking.

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Possible Modification to Honda Timing Covers

  • Tech Tip
  • 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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