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Cambelt & Variators

Is it necessary to change the variators when doing the cambelt?

Only asking cos I'm trying to do things on a budget
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Re: Cambelt & Variators

Its not essential to change the variator unless it's faulty (noisy). Some noise just after starting is normal. Probably if it's the 36,000/3yr cam belt change it's no so likely as the 72,000/6yr when I think it's better to invest it a new one. I changed mine at 43,000 miles with the cam belt because it only added £70 to the bill.

You should find plenty of descriptions of the noise by doing a search on AO even finding a noise clip that been posted I think, or your Alfa specialist/dealer will tell if it's definitely failed.

Just look at it being 'insurance' against having another big bill in the next three years. If you don't want to pay for it now are you going to better able to pay a bigger bill in the future? Not everyone changes the variator and if it does fail you can postpone changing it until you can afford it (performance and economy will suffer but it won't harm the engine unlike the cam belt failing). Some people have also got a faulty variator going again by using an oil flush/additive.

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Re: Cambelt & Variators

I wouldn't change the belt without doing the variator. It only costs 85 and adds 1 hour tops to the job.

If it was to fail (which is quite likely) within a couple of thousand miles of doing your cambelt you either have to pay to have it done again or drive the rest of the 36,000 miles with a car that rattles and doesn't perform as it should.

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Mine clatters for about 2 seconds on start-up; I have just had a belt change and didn't bother with the variator as I was advised it was only necassary if the clattering didn't go after a few seconds, so I spent the saved £80 on women and beer.

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Re: Cambelt & Variators

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Mine clatters for about 2 seconds on start-up; I have just had a belt change and didn't bother with the variator as I was advised it was only necassary if the clattering didn't go after a few seconds, so I spent the saved 80 on women and beer.

If the Variator clatters at all it needs changing... It means the oil seal inside has failed, allowing the oil to drain out after the car has stopped.
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Re: Cambelt & Variators

Its good practice to change them as the variator doesn't cost much, but if the variator goes after changing the belt, you'll need to change the belt again - which is expensive...
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