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Belt Tensioning Tips

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  • Automotive

Includes general tensioning specifications charts for both V-Belts and Micro-V Belts when used with a manual tensioner.

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Perceived Water Pump Leak - Pump 44033

  • Tech Tip
  • 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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Premature GM Tensioner Failure Due to A/C Compressor

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Numerous 1999-2009 GM trucks commonly experience a phenomenon known as A/C Compressor Slugging. When this occurs, catastrophic damage to the belt and tensioner will occur. Learn the major concerns regarding this problem as well as what to look for.

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Prevent Premature Water Pump Failure

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Keep the cooling system free of debris and contaminants to prevent premature water pump rust, corrosion or failure.

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Pulley Alignment & Tension

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

The source of belt noise is rarely from the belt itself. To ensure proper diagnosis, it is imperative to understand pulley alignment and tension.

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Root Cause of Broken VW Tensioners

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

1998-2004 1.9 L Diesel's utilize an Alternator Decoupler Pulley to absorb excessive engine vibrations. These pulleys are wear items that will eventually fail. If left unchecked, abnormal vibrations will result in a broken tensioner.

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Selecting the Correct TCK285 Kit

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Minor variations in the OE tensioner/idler bracket design on certain Cadillac, Saab & Saturn vehicles created a need for different kits. Make sure you use the proper tools and follow Gates' provided directions explicitly to avoid catastrophic engine damage.

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Timing Belt Setup for T285 3.0L 1999 Split-Year Applications

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  • Automotive

An OE design change to the timing system on select Cadillac, Saab & Saturn vehicles resulted in application specific white and yellow timing marks. Which set of marks to be used will be determined by the style of tensioner/bracket assembly originally installed on the vehicle.

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Honda / Acura Timing Belt Noise

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

An audible chirp emitting from the timing system on select vehicles may require modifications including, but not limited to, installation of a tapered shim. VIN application chart included.

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Water Pump Failure Signs

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Discusses the different causes of water pump failures as well as what to look out for when inspecting a pump.

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Proper Ford Fan Clutch Installation

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Insufficient torqueing of the fan clutch nut on the water pump flange may lead to premature pump failure.

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Cooling System Contamination

  • Tech Tip
  • Automotive

Over time, coolant in the cooling system can break down resulting in the need to service the system. A properly flushed system removes contaminants. The error of mixing coolants is also discussed.

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