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For Immediate Release September 22, 2005

Contact: Ann Sabbe

mediaeurope@gates.com

Gates offers DriveAlign™ Laser pulley alignment tool

-- to achieve reliable and long lasting accessory belt drive systems --

DriveAlignLaserGates extends its product programme for Accessory Belt Drive Systems with the marketing of the DriveAlign Laser pulley alignment tool.   This extension fits in the company’s efforts to offer mechanics all the required quality products and tools for reliable and long-lasting drive system maintenance.   

Correct pulley alignment is a critical factor for the lifetime of the multi-ribbed belt, and thus of the functioning of the accessory belt drive system.  With the DriveAlign Laser, Gates offers a lightweight and easy-to-use tool help identify the most common types of misalignment which reduce belt and pulley service life and produce unwanted noise.  One simply has to position the tool within the grooves of a pulley and aim its bright laser beam at an opposite pulley.  Any misalignment is instantly visible.  The tool is compatible with most automotive serpentine belt drives.  

Each DriveAlign Laser Alignment Tool package contains following components: 

·                                             DriveAlign laser + battery

·                                             a pair of safety glasses

·                                             booklet with operating instructions

·                                             alignment calibration template

·                                             adjustment Allen-key

·                                             elastic holding bands