Veyance Technologies, makers of Goodyear Engineered Products, has released a new tool to help installers inspect serpentine belts. The GatorGauge tool is a three-in-one inspection tool that allows technicians to accurately assess belt wear to determine if it needs to be replaced. The tool is made specifically for use with the company’s Gatorback brand of belts. The tools’ unique design measures rib wear, rib cracks and belt thickness in a matter of seconds. “Today’s serpentine belts are exposed to all kinds of adversity,” says Veyance’s aftermarket marketing manager Tory Perren. “Heat, debris, and friction are part o f normal wear and tear that can cause a belt to crack and eventually break, leaving a motorist stranded roadside.” The tool is designed specifically for the type of wear experienced by new EPDM belts. The Goodyear Engineered Products manufacturer is providing technical instructions online with a URL printed on each tool: www.goodyearep.com/gatorgauge.