Automotive Dictionary: Belt Drive

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Automotive Dictionary: Belt Drive


Throughout this site we use many technical terms, and given the breadth of readership our site enjoys, sometimes we are remiss and incorrectly assume everyone knows what we are referring to. For those that do not, here are some explanations of the technical terms use.
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Belt-Drive


A method of transmitting power. Belts are made from fabric-based, rubber-based or plastic materials. The fan-belt is the most common example of power transmission in the car, followed by belt-drive to the camshaft in many popular cars. Belts are also used to transmit engine power in one type of automatic transmission. Driving belts may have a 'V' configuration to give maximum grip in grooved, smooth pulleys, or they may be toothed or cogged-faced to engage on metal sprockets.
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