Ready for the springtime: ContiTech advises checking the timing belts used in convertibles

Informing customers / Standing idle damages material / Mileage and age play their part in belt changes / Avoid engine damage / Flyer for motorists

Ready for the springtime (PresseBox) ( Hanover, )
Finally, Spring has sprung and soon, motorists are going to be dusting off their convertibles - and many motorists bring their cars to the workshop for a spring check prior to the first drive. Checking the timing belt is also an essential feature of the inspection, and something that workshops ought to draw their customers' attention to, advises ContiTech. "The long period without operation over winter puts just as much strain on the belt material as would be the case if the car were driven regularly," explains Helmut Engel, Head of Automotive Aftermarket at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. "Therefore, the decisive factor in a belt change is not just the mileage, but also the age of the belt."

Often, it can take several years before convertibles reach the mileage at which the manufacturer recommends a belt change. However, many convertible owners do not know that their timing belts must be checked regularly as well as the convertible roof, tyre pressure and battery. By providing information about the importance of regular servicing, workshops are offering the best possible service for their customers. ContiTech supports them in this with a flyer that provides motorists with everything worth knowing about the engine timing belt. Workshops can obtain it free of charge from the ContiTech online media service at, order number WT 7207.

When changing belts, it is also highly recommended to replace all the relevant belt drive components at the same time. This provides greater safety for the engine. With OEMquality kits containing perfectly matched drive components, ContiTech offers the right products for this task. The advantages for workshops are clear: there is no need to order individual parts, you can always be certain that the parts match the vehicle and type and administration for incoming goods and processing becomes a lot simpler. This saves time and reduces costs. Using kits also provides mechanics with the best possible means of protecting themselves from possible warranty claims. Workshops can find the ContiTech kits in the online catalog at They are also listed in TecDoc, the digital information system that supplies the vehicle replacement parts market and workshops with comprehensive data for purchasing purposes.
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