With the growing popularity of auxiliary belt kits, which alongside the belt, contain all the rigid components (tensioners and idlers) necessary to successfully complete a full system replacement, it’s little surprise that these account for 16 of the company’s most recent additions, covering various MAN, Mercedes, Scania and Volvo applications.
To demonstrate the complexity, but from the installer’s perspective, the practicality of providing kits complete with all the drive components, despite five of the kits containing only two items – a belt and a tensioner – the remaining 11 also have an idler and consist of between three and six individual parts!
Notable among the additions are Dayco (part number) KPV176HD and KPV179HD, which although containing only a belt and tensioner, respectively cater for the Mercedes Econic low-entry fixed chassis range between 1998 and 2013 and the popular Volvo FH fitted with the 16-litre engine. At the other end of the scale is KPV211HD, for the 15.6-litre Scania in Series 4, R and T configurations, that contains, two belts, two tensioners and two idlers.
Dayco’s aftermarket expertise stems from its original equipment (OE) supplier partnerships, through which it manufactures belts, tensioners and idlers for heavy duty vehicle manufacturers across Europe and around the world. As a result, in addition to its auxiliary belts, the Dayco range consists of 100 idlers and 140 tensioners, which caters for hundreds of individual applications.
When it comes to belts, it is important for CV workshops to note that, despite the practices of some aftermarket suppliers, OE auxiliary belts are specifically designed to conform to very strict dimensions and so, where replacement belts of a more generic rather than vehicle specific size have been fitted, failures have occurred.
However, all of the auxiliary belts in Dayco’s aftermarket programme are manufactured to vehicle manufacturer specific specifications, which means independents have access to an OE quality solution that is designed to precise standards, in terms of both its dimensions and construction, to the original article.