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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 applied to them if you try and extract the variator in situ.
What I don't understand is how can you remove the cam shaft without losing the timed position of the engine - I thought that's why you put the cam locks on in place of the bearer caps and surely they'll have to come off to remove the camshaft? Would appreciate some clarification?!
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Correct - do not use the locks to remove the variator as you'll strip the threads out the bearing cap holes.

The intake cam lock only fits on one way, and in 1 location, so when you re-assemble, it'll be in the correct position.
 
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