This whole variator thing . . .
So, not had my 147 that long . . . It has FSH, I inspected all of the paperwork, everything looked fine including a cam belt change at 36k.
However, and this is really starting to bother me now, the variator wasn't changed. When I questioned the dealer - and this is a very well known independent Alfa dealership we are talking about. I was told that variators don't really need to be changed with the belts and the one in my car is still perfectly fine.
Now, when the cam belt was changed, by the same dealer, it was still owned by the previous owner, so it surely would have been no skin off the dealer's nose to just change it and whack another £100 on the bill? I don't quite understand why it wasn't changed?
Having said that, I have not yet had the relationship between an engine timing solenoid and a cam belt explained to me with sufficent clarity. I appreciate the exact task that each do, but not why they need to be changed together?
A belt can wear out and a solenoid remain fine and vice versa?
So, irrespective of whether that is correct or not . . . I'm starting to hear it sound a bit diesely for a few seconds on cold startup, I also have some concerns about my MPG.
I'm guessing that to change the variator now would be a ruinously expensive task? Also, it seems that no harm will occur by leaving the variator as is . . .
Any opinions or thoughts?
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