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For Immediate Release November 16, 2004

Contact: Ann Sabbe

Timing belt training in Sweden

Erembodegem – Over 300 automotive technicians attended a series of technical seminars about belt inspection procedures and fault diagnosis last month delivered by Gates.  Gates organised these training evenings throughout Sweden together with its direct distributor-partners Temot Sweden and ATR Sweden.  

Technicians and proprietors were invited, to hear how careless handling of belts and incorrect tensions at installation could play critical roles in engine failure, with expensive consequences for the vehicle owner.  The success was huge.  From Mora to Klippan mechanics were very enthusiastic to get all the necessary advice and tips to ensure trouble free belt installation and maintenance.

The training sessions all included an informative session on belt inspection procedures and fault diagnosis and a discussion about timing belt replacement schedules. Vehicle types and engines that need specific caution got extra attention.  

The evenings concluded with a demonstration of how the employment of a belt tension testing tool - such as the STT-1 sonic tension tester from Gates - can accurately measure belt tension. "The age-old practice of testing the tension of a belt between the fingers is no longer acceptable. Indeed, as far as the over all performance of the engine is concerned, it could be fatal," said Stefan Sôderberg, District Sales Manager for Gates Scandinavia. 

Timing belt tensions can vary as a result of differences in the type of engine, the drive layout and the engine performance required. Because it is no longer feasible to make manual assessments of the tension of the timing belt, the availability of the Gates Sonic Tension Tester, the STT-1, means that accurate tension is possible every time.

Gates' sonic tension tester STT-1 is a fully electronic measuring device designed to measure the tension of virtually any PowerGrip® or Micro-V® belt installed with a manual tensioner on a passenger car or light-duty commercial vehicle.  It analyses sound waves from the belt through the sensor.  That is the most accurate way to measure belt tension, and the principle is approved and used by car manufacturers all over the world.  Gates' STT-1 is compact and easy to use.  Updates of the database are supplied on a chip.