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Automotive Replacement
Accessory belt drive systems - FAQ

 
Product Tips & Technical Information
 
ABDS 1: There's noise coming from the multi-ribbed belt. What do I need to look for?
 
ABDS 2: Can I re-use an elastic (Stretch-Fit®) multiribbed belt after it's been removed?
 
ABDS 3: How long does a Micro-V® Horizon™ Stretch Fit® belt last?
 
ABDS 4: Will a belt ever break at the point where the cords are joined together?
 
ABDS 5: There's a QR code on the Micro-V® Horizon™ belt. What's it for?
 
ABDS 6: Why does the cord visibility on the side of the belt differs from belt to belt?
 
ABDS 7: What causes the premature failure of the multi-ribbed belt?
 
ABDS 8: Why is there a difference between the OE part I've just taken off and the new tensioner / idler in the Gates kit?
 
ABDS 9: What is the difference between kits numbered K01xxxx, K02xxxx and K03xxxx, for example?
 
ABDS 10: Why does it say "This side up" on some boxes at Gates?
 
ABDS 11: How can the multi-ribbed belt tension be incorrect if the drive is equipped with an automatic tensioner?
 
ABDS 12: Why don't you put Technical Bulletins inside all of the kits?
 
ABDS 13: I received two kits with identical part numbers. One contains a metal pulley, the other a plastic pulley. Which kit can I install?
 
ABDS 14: What is the standard Gates warranty?
 
ABDS 15: What is the function of an Overrunning Alternator Pulley (OAP)?
 
ABDS 16: Can an Overrunning Alternator Pulley fail prematurely?
 
ABDS 17: Why do I need to inspect and replace a Torsional Vibration Damper (TVD)?
 
ABDS 18: Where will I find the correct torque setting for an Overrunning Alternator Pulley?
 
ABDS 20: Can I use Stretch Fit™ tool 001 or 003 to install non-elastic multi-ribbed belts?
 
ABDS 21: Are there any planned updates for the data chip inside my STT-1 Gates ABDS tension tester?
 
ABDS 22: How accurately is a belt measured when using the Gates Belt Length Finder?