done the big job
last weekend I did what wrinx did a few weeks ago and got into some variator action. I was not too worried about the diesel noise but the tensioner was worrying me, especially since I had seen it about 12months ago when changing the head gasket and it looked worn then. In fact I thought it was supposed to have a recessed bit for the belt to fit it!!! Any way I managed to change it for the white one before it let go. I was quite worn but still seemed very solid and the spring seemed good too. In all I changed the variator, rocker gaskets, cam belt (again) (my car has had 5 belts in 92k for one reason or another, never had one snap, the last one had only done 5k but while I was taking it off I thought I may as well swap it) new plugs (old ones done 35k, would be ok for another 25k but I thought I may as well enjoy new ones rather than the next owner) new cam oil seals, new water pump (the old one was grumbling a bit on the bearing) new tensioner and idler bearing. I was surprised that the new idler is plastic. The aux belt was ok cos I changed that last year. The technical article was very useful but the timing marks are slightly different on my car (probably sames as wrinxs) but they are there.
Any way the differnence is amazing, I keep thinking the car has stalled on start up and it is so smooth through the rev range and has much more low down grunt.
The variator was very tight. My dad made me a tool to remove the old one and tighten the new one which is slightly more sophisticated than the one in the article. If any one is interested I can post a pic of it.