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The poly rib serpentine belt has become a favorite with vehicle manufacturers around the world, accounting for about 95% of new cars and light trucks sold today. But as with everything else in life, there is a trade-off. All of the accessories being powered by the serpentine belt have to be located in one single plane. This isn't too difficult with north/south engines on rear wheel drive vehicles, but with the east/west or transverse engines, engineers face more of an opportunity. Automotive manufactures found it necessary to locate an accessory outside of the plane. Due to space, weight and cost constraints they didn't want to add another tensioner. So they asked for an elastic type belt that can be installed by stretching it on the pulleys and maintain the right tension.

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The poly rib serpentine belt has become a favorite with vehicle manufacturers around the world, accounting for about 95% of new cars and light trucks sold today. But as with everything else in life, there is a trade-off. All of the accessories being powered by the serpentine belt have to be located in one single plane. This isn't too difficult with north/south engines on rear wheel drive vehicles, but with the east/west or transverse engines, engineers face more of an opportunity. Automotive manufactures found it necessary to locate an accessory outside of the plane. Due to space, weight and cost constraints they didn't want to add another tensioner. So they asked for an elastic type belt that can be installed by stretching it on the pulleys and maintain the right tension.