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  1. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi have just bought a 53 147 with no service history as a retirement project can anyone give me a few pointers on doing a complete cambelt/water pump/variator change please am a competent mechanic and have stripped all ancilleries and cam cover Thanx
  2. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi everyone!!! I own a 2003 Alfa 156 1.6, and the variator has begun rattling for the past couple of weeks. I've been in the forums and saw that, since I'll be replacing my cambelt etc soon, I might as well do the variator too. My question is, do I need to buy a new one, or do the repair kits I...
  3. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I am going to change the cambelt and water pump on my son's 1.8ts. Have all the tools and have read up on all the "how to" guides. It costs around £700 to have it done at a garage here in Norway. More than the value of the car! The variator is working fine and I know it was changed with the...
  4. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    quick question guys,ive been hunting for a variator , but cant seem to find it any cheaper than what ive been coming up with which is £150ish. All other parts are quite easy to find online for a decent price but this seems to be the only one that isnt , any advice ?
  5. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I've been compiling prices for a cambelt/water pump change which have varied from £260-£360 which is sort of what I expected so all good :thumbs: However one came back at £475 saying that I needed to include the variator :wow: So my question is, should I change that too?? I can't really afford...
  6. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    hi i am fixing my Variator i have cam locks and the socket to undo the Variator a friend told me i have to get longer bolts for the cam locks as they could rip out any one had any probs with this happening
  7. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all, I have a pretty straight forward question. Is it possible to remove the variator from the camshaft while it is still in the engine?, or do you need to take the cam out and put it in a vice? If it is possible, how do you supply counter torque while undoing the variator? I have read...
  8. Alfa MiTo
    Unfortunately my Mito is currently in a garage after suffering what can only be described as a catastrophic engine failure..... Car had been driving perfectly and was actually in a car park when the engine made a whirring noise and the check engine light came on, I quickly pulled into a parking...
  9. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I've just had a new cam belt and timing variator fitted to my 147 1.6 and initially the car seemed much quieter when it started (especially from cold) but now it seems to be rattly again for a few seconds just like it was before. The oil level is fine and the noise which sounds like noisy...
  10. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My 147 1.6 has been written off so I have a genuine Alfa timing belt kit and Variator for sale. £150 + postage I probably have some other bits lying around that I will add here to clear up the mess in my room.
  11. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Searched the forum and cant find the exact same thing...my variator does the old diesel noise on startup but only when hot, from cold its fine. I thought it was the other way round if it was on its way out? Performance seems fine. Just had an oil change using standard 10W 40 and its the...
  12. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I'm repairing the engine of my 1998 Alfa 156 1.8 TS. The variator needs to be repaired and so I bought an original Alfa Romeo repair kit. When disassembling the variator I noticed that the original spring is stronger than the one that comes in the kit, the steel wire is thicker than on the new...
  13. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi to all have looked thru various threads but haven't really found what symptoms my twin spark has at the moment. On a recently rebuilt engine which included mains big ends etc etc I didn't change the Variator as at the time it was ok at the point of rebuilding. The engine has a slight rattle...
  14. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi just wondering if anyone knows of a garage near Basingstoke to do cambelt and variator and how much will it cost? I have a 147 2.0 ts and it has the diesel rattle which I gather is the variator which wasn't done on the last cambelt change.
  15. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Does anyone know where I can get two 2 Torx T30 bolts for the variator solenoid valve on my 156 JTS? Mine are chewed to b*ggery and I can only get one of them back on and not very tightly, so don't think I will be able to drive it like this. The bolts appear to be M7 x about 16mm I and can't...
  16. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi folks....bit of help if you can please. 202 Alfa 156 1.8TS with 161,00 on the clock, noticed that it makes that old diesel noise. Took of the cover to find that the variator solenoid was disconnected, followed the guide by alfizta and sure enough no readings across the two pins on top. So...
  17. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Just fixed mine thanks to the repair guide for "version 1" of the variator solenoid by alfizta, top job - thank you :thumbs:
  18. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Late August I posted a video link to my wife's 147 2.0TS complete with orrible engine noise, and the general opinion seemed to be big-end (as was a local non-alfa garage) It's been languishing SORNed in the garage ever since, but we recently put it on ebay for spares or repair. However a...
  19. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    hi having a few problems with lack of mid range power so I though I would test my variator. I energised the solenoid whilst engine was idling and car tried to stall and ran real lumpy as it should, but variator also started rattling! is this correct or would you say my variator is on its way...
  20. Engines (TS, JTS, JTD & V6)
    This is a repair guide for "version 1" (not for "version 2") of the VARIATOR SOLENOID (a.k.a. variator actuator or variator control valve) on CF2 and CF3 (plastic cover) Twin Spark engines. - If you get a P1653 fault code, you better check your VARIATOR SOLENOID before anything else. - This...
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