Stretch Belts Archives - Import Car
BMW Timing Chain Stretch Issues

Over the past decade, BMW and many other import automakers have had issues with timing chain stretch. When most BMW owners hear the phrase “timing chain stretch,” they assume that the gears on the crankshaft and camshaft sprockets have pulled on the chain, causing the links to lengthen like a rubber band. It is not

Understanding Stretch Shrink Belts

Andrew Markel uses an old school toy to describe how these belts work. This video is sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.

Installing The Continental Multi V Stretch Belt

Belts don’t need automatic or manual tensioners. Sponsored by Continental.

Installing Subaru Stretch Belts

The stretch belt can help to simplify the serpentine belt system on the Boxer engine.

Subaru 2.5L Stretch Belt Replacement

Subaru stretch belts can last 100,000 miles or more. On a worn belt, the cracks or damage to the backing of the belt will not be evident to the naked eye. This is why an inspection method that measures groove depth is recommended – you simply cannot go by mileage recommendations alone.