Tips for Completing an Accessory Belt Drive System (ABDS) Service

Gates offers smart solutions for servicing the Accessory Belt Drive System (ABDS) with the latest Micro-V® Kits plus Water Pumps.

Gates is the market leading supplier for accessory belt drive systems with Micro-V Kits plus Water Pumps being the latest addition to their range of service parts. Gates’ experience with OE and expertise in ABDS drive design ensures the superiority and reliability of the ABDS parts, including belts, tensioners, idlers, water pumps, torsional vibration dampers and overrunning alternator pulleys.

Full ABDS Service Approach

Having all the parts at hand when performing a replacement job on the accessory belt drive system (ABDS) is not only convenient, it also saves time and makes a workshop more efficient. As a complete systems provider, Gates provides several ready-made solutions for all replacement needs related to ABDS.

Accessory belt drive systems are becoming increasingly complex. So, any component failure will have a much higher impact on the performance of the entire engine. Factors should therefore encourage workshops to take a full service approach to ABDS to be able to extend better service to their customers.

Gates explain their range of kits to assist you in completing a comprehensive accessory belt drive system service:

Micro-V® Kits

Failures such as sudden loss of power steering or belt drive system breakdown can be prevented by replacing the multi-ribbed belts and all related drive components simultaneously. Gates has the most extensive Micro-V® Kit range in the market that helps save the time and hassle of finding the different parts required. The Gates Micro-V® Kits and the new range of Micro-V® Kits plus Water Pumps, offer convenience and quality, all in one box.

New Micro-V® Kits with Water Pumps

When the water pump is part of the accessory belt drive lay-out the best option is to replace the water pump together with the rest of the accessory belt drive system. The water pump is the heart of the engine’s cooling system, so it is best to prevent any failure from happening by inspecting and replacing the water pump when servicing the belt drive system. The new range of Micro-V® Kits plus Water Pumps was launched through February and March 2016 and comprises 21 parts; further range extensions are planned for the rest of the year.

As with the popular PowerGrip® Kits plus Water Pumps range, each Micro-V® Kit plus Water Pump contains an application specific water pump of the same OE quality usually associated with Gates.

Not changing the water pump along with the other components can increase the risk of an ABDS breakdown.

Torsional Vibration Damper (TVD) Kits Including Mounting Bolts

When replacing TVDs, technicians need new crankshaft bolts and installation bolts. Gates promotes best practice by including these bolts in the TVD box.

Not all bolts are the same

TVDs may be fixed with one or multiple central crankshaft bolt(s), multiple installation bolts or a combination of both. Crankshaft bolts cannot be re-used and need replacement and although installation bolts could be re-used, it is not advisable to do so, since, in most cases, they will have suffered from heavy loads.

Engines perform at their best when belts and all metal components work smoothly together. As an OE supplier, Gates recommends that all wear parts should be replaced at the same time with high-quality components from a trusted brand.

Benefits of a Full ABDS Service

With Micro-V® Kits as well as Torsional Vibration Damper (TVD) Kits and now, the Micro-V® Kits plus Water Pumps in its range, Gates is a one-stop-shop for all ABDS service parts. Gates OE quality components fit the applications perfectly. This aids garages and workshops as:

• A full replacement prevents costly comebacks
• Ordering only one product saves time and therefore, money

All parts are available from FPS on same/next-day delivery, along with sales and technical support, where needed. Speak to your local Gates or FPS representative for more information.


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