GATES: NOISY TIMING BELT TENSIONER ON THE 1.6L/2.0L 8V GASOLINE ENGINES?

The 1.6L and 2.0L 8V gasoline engines can be found in Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda models so, as a mechanic, you have probably come across them and their timing belt kits K015489XS or KP15489XS-1 / -2 before. (K015489XS contains a belt and tensioner, while the KP15489XS-1 and -2 sets add a water pump as well.) Is the timing belt tensioner noisy after installation? In this article, we explain how you can avoid this problem. 

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GATES: SELECTING THE RIGHT MICRO-V BELT

With more than 1,300 Micro-V® belts in our catalogue, Gates’ belt range is the most complete in the market, covering over 96% of the European vehicle fleet that has a multi-ribbed belt in it. While this is obviously good news, selecting the right belts can be a challenge, given that all of them come with their own dimensions and characteristics. “Just rely on the belt that was mounted before”, you say? While a vehicle should indeed enter the workshop with the right belt, this is not always the case. In this article, we elaborate on the danger of mounting the same belt without thinking twice. In addition, we counter the common misunderstanding that a small difference in length between the OE (Original Equipment) belt and its aftermarket counterpart can cause belt failure. 

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GATES: MODULAR COOLANT HOSES: TYPICAL FAILURES AND BEST MAINTENANCE PRACTICES

As car engines have become more complicated, so have their hoses. Today, modular coolant hoses with built-in components have become the norm, containing plastic connectors, such as quick connectors, T- and Y-shaped branches. While they make for lighter cars, hence less CO2 emissions, they also fail earlier and more frequently, due to the plastic connections becoming brittle. In this article, we zoom in on 1.6 diesel engines (fitted to popular vehicles such as the Citroen: C3, C4, C5, Berlingo, Jumpy; Peugeot: 206, 207, 307, 308, 407, Expert, Partner; and Ford: C-MAX/Fiesta/Fusion) to explain what can go wrong when removing a modular coolant hose for routine maintenance. Read on to find out why a new Gates modular hose assembly should be installed whenever you install a Gates PowerGrip®Kit!

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How to replace the SKF timing belt and water pump kit VKMC 06134-1 for car models, Dacia, Nissan, Renault

How to replace the SKF timing belt and water pump kit VKMC 06134-1 for car models, Dacia, Nissan, Renault

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How to replace the SKF timing belt and water pump kit VKMC 01148-2. Applicable for Audi A1

How to replace the SKF timing belt and water pump kit VKMC 01148-2. Applicable for Audi A1

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Two brand-new Gates Powergrip kits plus water pump plus thermostat for a complete overhaul

Gates offers everything you need to change the water pump and the thermostat together with the synchronous belt drive system via KP1TH15698XS-1 and KP1TH15698XS-2, two brand-new PowerGrip™ Kits plus water pump plus thermostat.

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GATES: Expansion of range of premium electric water pumps

Electric water pumps are a part of a growing number of newer vehicles with high efficiency engines. With the launch of our e-Cool™ water pumps, Gates was already responding to this trend a couple of years ago. But vehicles obviously continue to evolve, and so do we. That is why we are proud to announce that, putting our years of OE expertise in building electric water pumps to good use, we have now expanded our water pump range to include no fewer than sixteen new part numbers.

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