Waiting for a new
Alfa which sounds
like an Alfa.
Join Date: Jun 2003
Possible variator problem?
Two weeks ago I had the timing belts/tensioner replaced on our 2002 147 2.0TS. The car currently has done 40,000kms, and only 600km since the belt change. The car has always been fed Castrol R 10W-60 and has never run low on oil - I check it weekly and always keep it full.
The last few days I've noticed performance a bit soft under 3,500-4,000rpm - it's not as responsive as before. Also, the car has developed a faint but noticable "growling" sound at 1,800 to approx. 3,000rpm - both on over-run and under throttle. There is no "diesel" sound at start-up, which I understand is the main symptom of impending variator trouble.
The car recently was involved in an accident which resulted in moderate front-end damage - new bonnet, grill, headlights & guards The engine was slightly tilted back after the accident, but as far as I could see didn't suffer impact damage. BTW, the belts & tensioner were replaced after the accident. I'm wondering if an exhaust manifold has cracked?
My question is - are these symptoms typical of a variator on the way out? Could a faulty variator be heard outside the range of 1,800-3,000rpm?
Any help or advice gladly received.
Last edited by splashalot2000; 18-06-07 at 01:15.