Forté Technical Tip: Maintaining Wet-Belt engines

Forté discuss vehicles fitted with Timing-Belt-in-Oil systems and the steps to take to maintain

Forté Technical Tip: Maintaining Wet-Belt engines

The automotive industry continually innovates to meet emissions standards and enhance vehicle efficiency and performance. One recent innovation is the timing-belt-in-oil (TBIO) system, also known as the ‘wet belt,’ used by major manufacturers like Ford, Volkswagen Group and PSA.

Wet belts are designed to last the life of the vehicle; however, more recently, manufacturers have introduced a timing belt change interval to ensure the engine is protected from belt failure.

While wet timing belts are less likely to snap, their teeth can become detached. Even if a severely weakened belt is still functioning, the fibrous remnants can enter the oil pump strainer, causing a loss of oil pressure. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct a visual inspection during service to determine if the belt should be replaced sooner, especially for vehicles covering fewer than 10,000 miles per year or with most journeys shorter than six miles.

Flushing an engine with Forté New Generation Engine Flush is essential for maintaining vehicles equipped with wet belts. When used at service intervals, it cleans and protects TBIO systems and addresses oil contamination issues arising from modern fuel types and emissions control technologies such as DPF, EGR, and SCR.

Regular servicing with Forté New Generation Engine Flush is essential for preserving engine integrity and performance. It ensures optimal oil flow and removes harmful deposits from the engine.

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