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Warranty Claim Procedure

PDF of the Warranty Claim Procedure for Gates products purchased through online retailers.

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Chain-Driven Water Pump Failure

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

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

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

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Gates Solution Kit 38379K

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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