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Hello all, new victim here!

Last month I made a rash decision and bought a rather sad looking 156 for £400! Predictably it has a few issues. It drives well enough , engine pulls strongly and it steers well.

Anyhow cutting to the point of this the engine rattles, I spent some time today taking the drive belt off, to try and eliminate possible sources of noise, in doing so I discovered this....



The balancer belt just hanging off, I have no idea how long its been loose but as a precaution I have removed it.
This is the general condition of the inside of the cam belt cover (I couldn't get the bottom tensioner off as I dont appear to have a deep enough 15mm spanner). I think the balncer sprockets look rather brown and rusty?



Apart from this issue, I now suspect that either the rattle is the variator or the bottom end (I know which I would prefer it to be!) but I think I am going to get a profesional opinion before commiting too much money to this project.

Anyway, any thoughts or pointers appreciated!
 

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That needs a cambelt, tensioner, idler & waterpump desperately - bits of frayed balance belt will have gotten everywhere. Its up to you whether you re-fit a balance belt, I've been running my 2.0 TS without for a few years now although I would normally advise a customer to have one fitted, as its how its designed to be.

A new variator at the same time and replacement set of big end bearing shells might be advisable given the rattle you've got.
 

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That needs a cambelt, tensioner, idler & waterpump desperately - bits of frayed balance belt will have gotten everywhere. Its up to you whether you re-fit a balance belt, I've been running my 2.0 TS without for a few years now although I would normally advise a customer to have one fitted, as its how its designed to be.

A new variator at the same time and replacement set of big end bearing shells might be advisable given the rattle you've got.
Thanks, that's pretty much what I expected. I have now got the top section of the cover off, so will clean up around the belt as best I can, put it back together and book in at a local specialist for a cambelt, water pump tensioner and variator and maybe get the sump removed and the shells inspected (although I think the engine would have failed by now if the bottom end was bad as I have been running around for a month with the noise and done about 1000 miles!).
 
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