Originally Posted by PaulR
If you listen closely, at idle, with the bonnet open you will probably hear a light ticking sound - this will confirm that the variator is on the way out. (Bet you wish I hadn't told you that). No amount of engine flush will stop this - it is wear.
On the up side it is harmless and shouldn't affect performance for very many thousands of miles. Leave it until the belts need changing - it adds about £100 to the cost.
actaually the variator has tiny oil flow passages which become blocked and effect its operation
trust me for the sake of £5 engine flush and an oil change (just ad the flush before you drive to your next service) versus 300 for a new variator it worth and and it does work - speaking from experience here.
also the light ticking at idel with bonnet open is normal - its the hydraulic tappets (the flush will also help keep these tip top as well). the variator is a very distinct diesel sound.
And when it goes, you may not notice any difference as it get worse over time, but boy will you notice the extra ummph and also fuel economy when it is fixed!
it does effect performance (else why is it there
) and also economy, obviously more the less fully it is functioning (it doesn't actually break as such)
any way, the wynns has to worth a go, but your may be beyond that, but for 5£, you would be mad not to try?
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