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Automotive Timing Belts


Gates is The Largest Global Manufacturer of OE Timing Belts

Automotive Timing Belt

This means Gates is able to cover the Aftermarket with timing belts that are OE-equivalent, or better, in service life and performance.  Need to know more about interference engines?  We have provided information below.

Our timing belts are manufactured using the same high grade materials and processes as the OE to ensure superior heat and contamination resistance. Import or domestic, Gates timing belts provide the most extensive coverage in the industry.  

  • Aramid reinforced nylon jackets and back side jackets for longer wear
  • High grade HNBR rubber for superior heat and contamination resistance
  • Premium high strength tensile members
  • Most extensive coverage in the industry. Import or Domestic


Free Running or Interference Engine?
You and Your Customers Need to Know.

Automobile engines can be classified as either Free-Running or Interference, depending on what occurs if piston/valve synchronization is lost.

Interference engines usually sustain damage if synchronization is lost.  Damage can occur to valves, pistons, or heads, and in some cases, completely ruin the engine. Most import (with higher compression engines) and most car and light truck diesel engines are interference. To avoid costly engine repairs, follow the auto manufacturers’ mileage replacement recommendations or we recommend timing belt replacement at around 60,000 miles. 

Most imports (with higher compression engines) and most car and light truck diesel engines are interference engines.

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