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  1. GT variator

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, I recently purchased a 2004 GT 2.0jts as a project car, one of the main issues being a completely wrecked variator. At first, I wanted to go for a repair kit, but after reading a bit about it I understood that this isn't a good option long-term. However, I only found the whole things being...
  2. Alfa variator replacement

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all, I've just changed the belts and variator on my 2.0 Twin Spark, and the variator has made a whopping difference! I only had like a slight rattle on startup from the old variator, and a bit of a rattle from it under load at low revs. Before the car seemed slow and crap, but now it's...
  3. Variator removal in TS

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hey. It's variator o'clock over here, and just wondering if anyone has the most suitable method for removing the variator from the camshaft. Some people say to use the cam locking tools with the longer bolts to hold it whilst you unscrew the variator with that funny tool, but some say to remove...
  4. CHANGING VARIAtor on 156 TS

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi I need to change variator and cambelt on 156 1.8 and 2.0 TS. Never done this before. I've read a few posts about the job that indicate you must remove the camshaft and protect in a vice before trying to unscrew the variator as the cam lock bolts can't resist the shear force that will be...
  5. 156 ts variator removal

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I want to change cambelt and variator on 156 1.8 and 2.0 TS cars never done it before. I've read that you need to remove cam shaft and trap in soft vice before unscrewing variator. But I don't understand how you can do that without taking the cam locks off so losing the correct timing...
  6. Variator rattle?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I have a Cf3 2.0 twin spark. There seems to be a loud rattling coming from the variator area, when the engine is under load and under say 1500 rpm. Doesn't make the noise at idle or at higher rpm. Performance is pretty dire too. From what I've read, the normal signs of variator wear are a...
  7. best place to get a variator 2.0 ts

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    as title suggests can anyone recommend where to get a variator from for a 2.0 ts phase 2 TIA
  8. Variator Replacement trouble

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So i dropped off wee "Aria" (that's what the mrs named my alfa 147) to the garage and they don't have the part to replace the variator, neither do the Alfa specialists in the area! I have sourced one since, however, when doing so I found links for "Variator shell bearings" and a "variator...
  9. Inlet cam variator

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    In the last 3 months I’ve had the ‘Have Engine Checked’ light come up. Mechanic told me I had a faulty exhaust sensor and solenoid. New ones fitted still light came on. Inlet solenoid error came up replaced that. Still light came on after leaving garage. Now being told it’s the Inlet Cam...
  10. Alfa 156 1.8 TS variator or tappets?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi guys, First tech post here, I bought recently an oldie Alfa 156 SW 1.8 TS and it run pretty good appart from an ocasional hesitation on acceleration, due to bad / old ignition coils, but the engine runned fine with steady idle and no weird sounds, I handled it over to my mechanic to a first...
  11. Brera 3.2 variator solenoid removal

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Here's one for the few with practical experience on the V6. Multiecuscan shows that the intake variator on bank 1 isn't advancing into positive figures when the throttle is blipped, and is a bit retarded on idle. (There are no error codes, when I select the variators under the parameter tab...
  12. Variator oil supply question.....

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi all.... Hoping someone here can answer a question for me. Today, I gave my ‘03 T Spark Spider a bit of a service and changed the variator, cambelt, aux and balance belts, plugs, etc. New radiator and coolant as well. All went well - checked and triple checked the timing, which was spot on (...
  13. Variator question...

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    How often does the variator need changing? Tax and insurance for my new Spider starts on the 1st Nov... can't wait. It is due a cam belt change as there is a bit of a gap in the history and the last owner didn't know when it was done. A quick look through the receipts I have got and ithe...
  14. Variator and variator repair

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So, I have a 156 that sounds like a tractor (or worse; like a PD engined VW) when starting from cold. My mate, who also has a 156 also has the problem. As a good number of years have passed sine the first variators were replaced and repaired, what is the opinion of the good folk of the forum...
  15. 156 jts 2.0 variator solenoid

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, all Can anyone share some info on the working of the variator solenoid? Mine doesnt seem to get activated. Should the voltage on the solenoid be 0 at idle and after the engine reaches x rpm go to 12 ish? I've tested 2 solenoids from the wreckers and they both work with just 5 volts...
  16. 156 TS variator query

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I'm in the middle of changing the cambelt/balancer belt plus rollers, tensioner set. Now wondering about the variator, it wasn't noisy (car has 67,000 genuine miles) but don't much fancy the thought of repeating the job in a week or two because Murphy's Law strikes and the variator starts...
  17. Variator repair kit?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Noisy variator on the 147. Has anyone tried the Alfa repair kit? If so did it work?
  18. Phase Variator

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hello Everyone, Bit of an odd question, I replaced the cam phase variator on my 147 2.0l twinny over the weekend as I was getting the dreaded diesel sound. I've noticed better low end performance which is always a plus when you do maintenance. Question I have is, should the new variator...
  19. Variator solenoid removal?

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    After six months of ownership I'm slowly getting there with my spider - even passed its MOT last week :thumbup:. One of the last things irritating me is the idle speed is a bit uneven and too fast. I've cleaned the throttle body, looked for inlet air leaks, ran it with the MAF wiring unplugged...
  20. Cam variator JTS

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hello clever people I seem to have a lack of power problem on my 156 JTS. And I have feeling it could be the cam variator not tunrning on at the right moments.. The car is happy to rev up until 4000rpm, after that i kinda slows down and takes ages to reach 6000rpm. I hooked up Fiatmultiescu...
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