159 2.4 20007 plate
19,500 DPF/EGR by
AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I have successfully (still silent 8,000 miles later) repaired a variator with an Ebay kit. There is a plastic washer with a champher and that champer becomes a step. The repair kit consists of just the washer and spring.
It is a VERY fiddly repair to do and the parts don't go back together how you would expect so if you DIY look VERY VERY VERY carefully at the alighment of the two gears as it comes apart.
Also in stating that I did it myself it was with a cambelt change and I was too short of cash to buy a variator as well as all the parts and tools for the belt change. It should also be noted that my rattle was only on initial start up and only lasted for 2 - 3 seconds at the most. So while my repair has been succesful if yours is worse than this a repair kit may not be the cure.
Some have asked, "what if it sdtarts to rattle again soon?" My reply is with a cambelt change required every 36,000 or 3 years that rattle can safely wait until the next belt change as a rattling variator, while annoying, is not going to jeapordise relaibility.