The accessory belt drive system is not only becoming more complex but the system as a whole is playing a much more critical role when it comes to safety. Selecting and replacing the correct components is not as straightforward as it may seem at first sight and as a result the market is increasingly moving towards complete system replacement. It therefore comes as welcome news that Gates Micro-V kit range has been extended by 370 references, bringing the range to over 500 references in total. Further additions are planned throughout 2013.
These new references are available to order now from FPS and to help make stocking the right mix of Gates Micro-V kits as easy as possible, FPS can offer you stock packs to suit your business. With small, medium and large stock pack options, there is sure to be something to suit you.
Read on to find out more about the technology and added-value support service that come with every Gates Micro-V kit…
Choose Gates Micro-V kit if you want to put safety first
The accessory belt drive system (ABDS) is an important engine subsystem that provides power for the vehicle and comfort for the passengers. As with any system, a flawless operation depends on every component working as a team. If a component fails, the entire system breaks down resulting in extensive and costly repair. The best way to avoid this is to go for a complete overhaul of the accessory drive. Gates’ Micro-V kits allow installers to do a full replacement by just ordering one kit containing all the necessary components in guaranteed OE quality.
In recent years more components have been added to the ABDS and ever more accessories rely on this system for power. The alternator, water pump, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump can only be operational when the accessory drive is in good condition and runs trouble-free. If one component in the system fails, or encounters a problem, the entire system can be compromised and ultimately break down. Is it an immediate danger if your air conditioning fails? No, but losing your power steering while taking a sharp turn is. This is why an overhaul of the ABDS is not only good workshop practice, but also vital to safe driving.
Choose a new approach to replacement with Gates Micro-V kits
Because today’s accessory belt drive systems operate under heavier loads and are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations (as well as water, dirt, grease, oil and other environmental contaminants), wear may occur differently on different applications. Moreover, it is not always possible to tell if all components are in good condition by visual inspection alone. According to Gates’ statistics, failures increase dramatically after the fourth year of service, so Gates recommends replacing all components simultaneously and at least every four years or 100,000 km (62,000 miles).
Gates Micro-V kits are designed for highly demanding engines
Ever stricter European emission standards have led to further engine downsizing, modified combustion processes and mass reduction. Additionally, car manufacturers are looking to enhance NVH characteristics (noise, vibration and harshness) and seek to please customers with more comfort accessories such as climate control, seat heating, on-board navigation, DVD screens, electric windows, mirrors and seats etc. These additions put higher demands on the drive components leading to a higher need for maintenance and simultaneous replacement of all components.
Gates Micro-V kits contain OE quality parts
As with the timing belt drive, the best way to guarantee a reliable ABDS is to change multi-ribbed belts and all related belt drive components at the same time. With the most extensive Micro-V kit range in the market, ordering the right components has never been so easy. Each kit is specifically composed for its application(s) and includes one or more Gates branded multi-ribbed belts together with the matching metal parts, all handily packed in a solid cardboard box. No loose components to stock and only one part to source. In addition to Micro-V belts, tensioners and idlers, the range also offers kits with matching torsional vibration dampers and/or overrunning alternator pulleys.
Gates Micro-V kits incorporate the latest technology
The new blue stripe Micro-V Horizon construction can be found in all Micro-V kits. This is the most advanced multi-ribbed belt on the market today and offers the installers the best choice for the new generation of compact and powerful engines. With its unique EPDM rubber compound and optimised rib angle, the belt is silent in operation and offers the required amount of flexibility. As the world’s second largest OE tensioner supplier, Gates guarantees that all metal components in the kits are of OE quality or even better.
A Gates Micro-V kit eliminates the risks of matching the wrong components when replacing the entire ABDS system, as is required according to good workshop practice. If a drive system failure does occur for any reason, the choice of a single supplier for all components will only require one warranty investigation procedure rather than two or more. This saves time and eliminates the chances of a dispute about the origin of the failure. In summary, the benefits include:
- Fewer decisions to make
- Less time lost
- Supplier takes responsibility for a correct match
- One inspection rather than two in event of failure
With Gates’ comprehensive Micro-V kit range you can service practically all of your customers’ needs with a reliable all-in-one-kit. What’s more: Gates continuously extends its range in response to the market. And, if it is Gates branded, you know that all components will fit perfectly and easily, and are guaranteed OE quality, giving you high customer satisfaction levels and peace of mind. Don’t take any risks. Rely on Gates Micro-V kits from FPS for all your ABDS replacement jobs.