Belts are integral to the operation of your engine, first and foremost, and then to other accessories that help improve performance of your vehicle or piece of heavy equipment, such as your air conditioning, alternator, water pump, and more. These simple machines help to transfer energy or power to your machinery. Often overlooked because they require very little maintenance and aren’t as popular as accessories, it’s important to maintain your heavy equipment and the health of your belts.
Wagner Equipment Co is a Cat dealer with locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. We offer new, used, and rental heavy equipment to meet your needs, including Ag equipment. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your machinery’s needs, including Genuine Caterpillar parts, service and maintenance, fluids analysis, machine control systems, and much more.
Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service associates are here to answer your questions and ensure you have exactly what you need and are looking for. Since 1976, we’ve been dedicated to taking care of our customers by offering high-quality products with a smile. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the different types of belts you should have on-hand for your Caterpillar equipment. Visit us online, or reach out today!
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BELTS TO HAVE ON-HAND
Most vehicles run on two belts: the serpentine and the timing belt. However, there are also drive belts, or V-belts and cogged belts as well that may be in use, depending upon the application.
A serpentine belt is a type of V-belt that is grooved but wider and longer. They are often called fan belts due to the fact in older vehicles, they powered the radiator fan. However, in modern vehicles, oftentimes just one belt is used to power all of the systems and accessories. They are used in a pulley system to power many accessory systems. Caterpillar offers many Cat Serpentine Belts, including our 476-2691 Belt. This rubber belt has eight ribs and is used in heavy-duty applications and machinery. Our 476-2690 Belt features 12 ribs for heavy-duty use as well.
Drive Belt or V-Belt
Drive belts are usually found in older vehicles and are wide. There are usually several of these to help with power steering, air conditioning, and to power the alternator, radiator fan, and water pump. The advantage to multiple belts is that if one breaks, you may still be able to get to an automotive shop for repairs. V-belts are the most common drive belts and have a great efficiency rate. Caterpillar offers our 513-8590 V-Belt to transmit power from the engine to the other accessories of Cat heavy-duty equipment. These come in sets as well, such as our 529-7675 V-Belt Set.
This type of belt looks different than other belts. These belts have slots that run perpendicular to the belt’s length, which help to reduce bending resistance. They are popular because they run cooler than standard V-belts and last longer, while increasing efficiency by up to 2%. Cat offers many types of these Cat parts, including our 030-3289 Cogged V-Belt and our belt sets, such as our 130-3216 Cogged V-Belt (Set of 2).
Timing belts, or synchronous belts, are located inside your engine and are used to help keep the crankshaft and camshaft running together. They help to keep the engine’s intake and exhaust valves running perfecting and in time with the pistons. These belts are also called cogged belts because the grooves in the belt are designed to fit the cogwheels that are a part of the crankshaft and camshaft design. These belts don’t slip due to their grooves and are therefore more efficient at high torque. Their efficiency rate is 98%.
Tips to Replace Your Belts
As mentioned above, belts wear out, so it’s important to invest in regular maintenance of your Cat heavy machinery in order to monitor its wear. Signs of belt fatigue include:
- Squealing noises
- Frequent engine overheating
- Visible cracks in your belts
- AC system fails or your power steering
- Frayed belt
- Grooved belt with the grooves worn down
- Battery failure
CHOOSE WAGNER EQUIPMENT CO FOR ALL OF YOUR CATERPILLAR PARTS
Wagner Equipment Co understands the importance of having Caterpillar parts for your use. Our Cat Parts Stores are available at all of our Caterpillar dealer locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. You can take advantage of our Caterpillar parts online as well, so you shop 24/7 when it’s convenient for you. From Caterpillar undercarriage and engine parts to used caterpillar parts, we’ve got your needs covered. We also offer Reman Cat parts through our Wagner Parts Exchange that can save you time, effort, and money. Being prepared with spare Cat parts can save you time, effort, energy, and money — not to mention headaches, hassles, and groans.
Since 1976, Wagner Equipment Co has abided by our Core Values of teamwork, excellence, accountability, safety, integrity, and communication — not to mention hard work — to ensure our customers’ needs are met. You can rely on our expertise when you have questions, our honest and open communications, and our commitment to excellence in everything that we do. Our passion to deliver the best Caterpillar heavy equipment and services is unparalleled.
Caterpillar has been the leader in the heavy equipment industry, starting with tractors, for over 100 years. We’ve been on the cutting edge of innovation since our inception, being a pioneer in early technology adoption, as well as having our own team of product developers who are always looking for ways to make our products and services better, thereby making your life easier. Our heavy equipment, with proper care and maintenance, will last decades. We hope to be your go-to Cat dealer of choice for the lifetime of your machinery ownership.
If you are in need of Cat parts, heavy equipment, Ag equipment, Cat attachments and work tools, power systems, heavy equipment rentals, trailers, and so much more, reach out to one of our Cat dealers today!