now a diesel head..
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: United Kingdom
I did use locks.
Didn't change anything but the timing belt (and auxiliary belt). Plus, I'm not sure where is this 'variator'?
that is classic variator noise, sound like a diesel ..its screwed to the inlet cam at the cam wheel end, can be a bugger to get off, and its advisable to change it whilst doing the cambelt...they don't usually ''fail'' and even if they do the result will be lack of power as the cam timing doesn't advance after 3000 rpm. they don't usually cause any other issues but judging by the sound that one has never be done.
I am just doing a cambelt on a 2.0 TS at the mo and had to make a tool to remove it, it's not advisable to do it with the camshaft in situ as the force required to remove it can tear the cam clamp screws out of the cylinder head...new head time if that happens.
I removed the inlet camshaft and used a vice with two bits of wood to clamp the camshaft and the used my homemade tool to remove it.
if you decide to do it PM me and I will send you the tool as long as you cover postage and sent it back..
alternatively the Alfa workshop sell both the tool and the variator..
Alfa Romeo Variator
hope this helps!
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