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For Immediate Release December 29, 2004

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates DriveAlign® belt tensioner range expanded

-- 181 new applications --

Gates announces an extension of its recently launched programme of DriveAlign® tensioners for the accessory belt drive system.   5 new references are enough to cover 181 new applications for Ford, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Mercedes, Fiat, Peugeot and Citroën.

Gates is one of the largest suppliers for automatic OE belt tensioners in Europe.  This tradition of quality and know-how enables Gates to supply the aftermarket with OE-quality tensioners.  

The Gates DriveAlign® tensioner range guarantees performance that is equal to or better than the original.  The durable design ensures long product lifetimes.  Where the OEM tensioners feature a damping mechanism so do Gates.  The damper acts just like a shock absorber does on a vehicle suspension system, reducing tensioner motion and minimizing vibration and noise.  Without it, there is inadequate vibration absorption of the drive.  Dampers extend the life of the belt, the tensioner and the other drive components.     

Note :

Tensioners, like any other part, do not last forever, and automotive technicians will be replacing more and more of them.  A failed tensioner can cause the belt to break or detach itself from the drive, resulting in a breakdown.  Often the cause is misdiagnosed as a belt problem, when in reality the tensioner should be replaced.