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hi, i have a 2002 1.8ts
i have noticed on start up its sounds like a diesel only for a few seconds, also it sounds very tappety all of the time. someone said it could be the variator on the way out?
if it is the tappets are they easily changed?

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I would say variator is the start up noise & fresh oil should quiten the 'tappeting' - when's it due for a service / belt change?
 

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Tapetting is very rare on TS engines.

I would remove the cam cover and check the condition of the cam lobes. Especially if it has been fed on 10w-60 oil.
 
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the belts were done about 2 and bit years ago but not the variator. and the oil was changed six months ago, but i did stick some of that lucas heavy duty oil stabaliser to quiet up the tappety
noise, maybe that was the wrong thing to do?
if the variator is on its way out does it normaly affect the performance?

cheers andy
 

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A worn variator affects fuel economy and the car will be a bit sluggish.Mine has a worn variator,i'm just leaving it until the cambelt change is due in July.Not quite sure if this is the right thing to do,fingers crossed!
 

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the twin spark engine is quite tappedy to begin with, there might be nothing wrong with the engine.
It shouldn't be tappety, although you can hear the injectors ticking as they are quite loud.


I would guess the problem is the variator.
 

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the belts were done about 2 and bit years ago but not the variator. and the oil was changed six months ago, but i did stick some of that lucas heavy duty oil stabaliser to quiet up the tappety
noise, maybe that was the wrong thing to do?
if the variator is on its way out does it normaly affect the performance?

cheers andy
i have been told my my local alfa specialist that the cam belts should be done every 3 years or 36,000 miles and the variators are usually only good for around 50,000 or so and ideally if the budget allows should be changed when the cambelt is done, i was quoted around £86 plus VAT to have the variator replaced with the cambelt, but worn vairiator will account for the diesel sound and the noisy running, there is a sound clip somewhere with before and after the worn variator was replaced, can't find it at the moment but will post it if i find it, but i would say get the variator replaced when you can and you will be amazed at the differnce in noise level
 
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thanks guys for all your input, and cheers danny you have been a great help
 
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