Re: 147 Variator Help
If the variator only does a bit of "diesel" noise during a few seconds on start up, it's probably still good.
The oil ducts get clogged quite often and the variator doesn't fill up with oil correctly.
Another thing that is referred in the e-learn workshop manual is the procedure to repair the variator itself.
It seems one of the more common faults is that the variator doesn't hold the oil inside, gets dry, because of a faulty seal inside. It can also be the case.
Some FORTE engine flush, followed by an oil & filter change, plus an "italian" tune up to properly bed in the new oil, should sort it out...
In either cases, if the noise stops after a few seconds, you shouldn't worry. It's working.
If the noise is permanent, it's faulty... probably still working or you would feel a massive loss of power... but on it's way...
Anyway, the variator can be repaired, but unless they already know the procedure, the amount of work is going to get more expensive than a new one.
Either way, the variator, although still working ,isn't 100% operational, or it wouldn't be making noises...
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