Delivery operations mean seriously hard work for light commercial vehicles, mainly due to the frequent stops and starts involved and the high mileages over all sorts of different routes in urban centres. All of which means shorter maintenance intervals for drive belts
Continental says it develops special aftermarket drive belts for precisely this sort of application – both for the primary and the auxiliary drives.
The CT1233 timing belt for driving the timing gear is new to the range, as is the CT1234 for the oil pump drive, which was purpose developed for the aftermarket requirements of 2.0-litre engines fitted in the Ford Transit and Ford Tourneo.
“In these engines, a timing belt in oil synchronises the camshaft and crankshaft,” explains Robert Franz, head of product management EMEA at Continental Power Transmission Group. “This reduces frictional losses by around 30 per cent compared to a chain drive.”
This in turn has a positive impact on fuel consumption and the resulting CO2 emissions. Right now, these are two of the most crucial criteria for efficient operation of light commercial vehicles – which is yet another reason why they will continue to be very busy in future.