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The variator on my 145 cloverleaf has started to rattle recntly, and i was wondering if anyone had a vague idea how long they rattle for before failing.
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Are you sure it's the variator? It's just I wouldn't really describe it as a rattle, more of a diesely clattery noise.
If it is the variator though, that 'rattle' and a loss of performance IS it failing. By all accounts it doesn't get any worse than that, and it doesn't threaten to damage anything else, it's just whether you can put up with what it's currently doing.
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My 1.8 Twinny has been runniong with a rattly variator for about 10k miles least!

They dont fail as such but MAY cause cam wear, not confirmed, only a possiblity.

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The variator on our 145 C/leaf has rattled on start up and at idle for about 10K miles too. I'm sure its performance is suffering though. It seems slower to me than it used to be. I expect it to be alot quicker than our Cooper but it just isn't. It must be the variator, the thermostat was changed recently and expected a change in performance.

Maybe in the new year I'll treat it.
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As the belt has to come off to do this you m ight as well treat her to a new one and all the associated pulleys and tensioners too!
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Do not attempt todo the job without cam locks.

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