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VIDEO: Understanding Stretch-Fit Belts

A stretch belt may look similar to a serpentine belt, there are some key differences.

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Over the years, the automakers have consolidated accessory-drive components such as the alternator, the air-conditioning compressor and the power-steering pump onto one belt. On most late-model vehicles, this is the serpentine belt.

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However, in the late 2000s, automakers began using a new type of belt to take some of the load off the main accessory-drive belt. It’s called a stretch belt, or stretch-fit belt. 

This video is sponsored by The Pronto Network.   

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