What are Engine Belts and What do they do?

An engine belt is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine, such as an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, air pump. The belt may also be guided by an idler pulley or a belt tensioner.

To allow the belt to pass over more than three pulleys with a large enough wrap angle to avoid slipping, idler pulleys which press against the back of the belt are included, forcing the belt into a serpentine shape. To accommodate this bidirectional flexing while remaining strong enough to transfer the total force required by multiple loads, a serpentine belt is almost always of multi-groove construction.

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Different Types of Engine Belts

Serpentine Belts

A serpentine belt is a single long belt which drives all the components of the engine which would otherwise be powered by multiple v-belts. In newer vehicles, serpentine belts are most common and are generally the standard for the modern automobile.

V-Belts

Some vehicles have multiple belts, called v-belts, that come off the crankshaft of the engine to drive the alternator, the air conditioning compressor, the power steering pump and the water pump. In older vehicles, v-belts were the standard.

Timing Belts

The timing belt is also sometimes called a camshaft drive belt or a Gilmer belt. It is a notched belt, made of rubber, that enables the crankshaft to turn the camshaft, and opens and closes the engine valves synchronously with the pistons. In late model vehicles, the timing belt has essentially replaced the metal timing chain. The main advantage of the timing belt over the timing chain is that if the timing belt fails, there is less potential for damage to valves and pistons.

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Vivid Racing carries Performance Timing Belts from all the top manufacturers in the automotive industry. We carry: Alta supercharger pulley belts, Cosworth kevlar timing belts, Gates racing timing belts, Gates racing accessory belts, Gates racing drive belts, Gates racing micro-v belts, Gates racing micro-v accessory drive belt, Greddy extreme timing belts, Greddy timing belts, HKS timing belts, HKS fine tuning timing belts, Power Enterprise Kevlar balancer belts, Power Enterprise Kevlar timing belts, Tomei timing belts, Todo timing belts, Gates v belts.

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