Part number 38179 is a new, unused Gates belt tensioner. Belt tensioners are typically replaced at manufacturer's suggested service intervals and often at the same time the belt is replaced. An indication that you may need to replace your tensioner include any of the following: 1) There is play in the bearing; 2) the tensioner is out of alignment 3) there is play in the belt because the spring in the tensioner is no longer keeping the belt tight. 4) the tensioner is squealing (because the bearings are bad)
Gates is a company that celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2011. Currently Gates is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to 34 different companies all over the world providing a range of belts tensioners and idlers for both Accessory and Synchronous drive systems. Gates also makes aftermarket solutions for car owners including timing belts, micro-V belts, tensioners and hoses.
Also, and unique to Gates is Gates Racing timing belts, which are specifically designed for high output, high rpm tuning applications and feature a cool blue finish to stand out under hood. Gates' dedication to high quality replacement parts has earned them an excellent reputation amongst mechanics, and automobile enthusiasts alike.
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