There has been a trend recently by OE manufacturers to utilise a Stretch Fit auxiliary style of serpentine (fan) belt on a large number of vehicles.
The reasons why they have done this is mainly because fan belt tensioners are horsepower draining components that in the end, increase costs and fuel consumption. Utilising this type of stretch fit belt reduces weight, costs and increases mileage.
These belts are made from EPDM Elastomers (really flexible) and reinforced Aramid Fibres (really strong), they can be removed and refit over and over again. This reduces the costs involved in timing belt changes as these stretch fit belts often need to be removed to change the timing belts.
There are fiddly vehicle specific and other aftermarket tools on the market that are hard to use and need to be assembled and adjusted to fit different types of vehicles.
But now Kincrome has the K8170 Stretch Fit Belt Kit. This is a two piece kit with a single tool for removing belts and the other to re-fit the belt.
- Use for all stretch fit belt applications
- Universal installation and removal of all stretch fit belts
- Easily installs all stretch fit belts
- Allows removal and reuse of stretch fit belts
- Instructional DVD