11:05 Sep 26, 2018
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French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / accessory belts
French term or phrase: pignons
I’ve come across various different translations for this word, but I’m not sure which one is correct in the context of engine accessory belts.

The word appears in an article explaining the problems that can occur if the accessory belt breaks down:

"Pour éviter ces problèmes des symptômes peuvent être identifiés au préalable mais sont très difficiles à déceler : petites fissures, manque de pignons, bruits."

Thanks for any assistance.
Ruth Tanner
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4 -1Pinion
Kartik Isaac

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I would assume the term is here is pinion but would need more context to be sure. In a gearbox meshing system, the smaller wheel in diameter is called a pinion and the bigger is called a gear.

Kartik Isaac
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Asker: Thanks, Kartik. I've added more context to the discussion box.

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disagree  Tony M: Wouldn't make any sense at all: belts don't have 'pinions' as such.
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also sometimes called "teeth" or "toothed cogs"
but without more detail, I'm far from sure

Note added at 6 hrs (2018-09-26 17:33:11 GMT)

I did not see Chris' remarks and I'm on the same line as him (cog, tooth etc.) Sorry about that Chris

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