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Serpentine Belt Drive System


THINK: I-100 & R-150

Protect yourself and your investment from inconvenient breakdowns and expensive repairs by fully maintaining your vehicle’s critical serpentine belt drive system.

Inspect the system at 100,000kms
> Replace worn components by 150,000kms


Be System Smart and repair the full serpentine system, and not just a single part, keeping you out of the workshop and on the road. Serpentine belt drive components are wear parts, not hard parts. Gates has ALL the required components for a complete serpentine system replacement. 

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Serpentine Belt Drive system:
   

1. Idler Pulleys
Smoothly connects the belt to the system. Worn pulleys can misalign and cause system damage.

2. Alternator Decoupler Pulley
Transfers power from the belt to the alternator, keeping the battery charged. Wear is a common cause of charging problems.

3. Serpentine Belt
Powers many key components like the alternator and air conditioner compressor. Just 5% wear can negatively affect performance.

4. Belt Tensioner
Maintains consistent tension on the belt. A loss of tension can create noise and heat, leading to premature belt failure.

5. Torsional Vibration Dampers
Crankshaft pulley with a rubber damping element to absorb vibrations from the crankshaft and extend the lifespan of the crankshaft, the multi-ribbed belt and all belt-driven components.

What are the risks when you only replace one part of the system rather than the belt and components as well?
> A common misnomer is thinking the drive belt is the cause of belt noise, when in fact it usually is caused by an external source.
> Insufficient charging from the alternator
> Possible overheating from inferior cooling system performance
> Belt noise can reoccur
> May cause the check engine light to illuminate
> Could result in a misdiagnosis of the check engine light

System failures can lead to expensive engine repairs. The best way to prevent this is to remember to start inspecting the serpentine systems at 100,000 km and replace worn components by 150,000 km or as advised by the manufacturer.

The Gates brand of serpentine system replacement parts is trusted by vehicle manufacturers, recommended by quality mechanics and relied on by motorists. Be sure to use Gates parts when it’s time for replacement.

Gates belt wear gauge in use GATES BELT WEAR GAUGE

To assist in identifying when a serpentine belt needs to be replaced, use the Gates Belt Wear Gauge. This tool provides a simple and reliable way to determine when belt replacement is required. 

Click here to learn more about the Gates Belt Wear Gauge and to order one for FREE.


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