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Of late my sweet little 1.6 petrol has started sounding distinctly noisey/deisely. Any ideas, preferably not too pricey?
 

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You most likely need a new cam variator. Does the noise happen mainly on startup?


Cost will be around £350-400 at an Alfa specialist as the cambelt also needs to be changed as well.
 

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You most likely need a new cam variator. Does the noise happen mainly on startup?


Cost will be around £350-400 at an Alfa specialist as the cambelt also needs to be changed as well.
The other option is to change only with new repairing variator kit, it will cost you 10 times less, but there is no guarantee that it will fix the problem...
When you hear the noise, only on stat-up or constantly? Is the noise disappear at any rpm?
 

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There is no way I would risk repairing the variator. If the repair fails you either have to wait another 36k with the rattle, or get another cambelt change.

Also the variator internals can wear, a repair kit won't replace the worn metal.


A rattle on startup is not too bad, but when it gets to the stage that it rattles all of the time, economy and performance will suffer.
 

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There is no way I would risk repairing the variator. If the repair fails you either have to wait another 36k with the rattle, or get another cambelt change.

Also the variator internals can wear, a repair kit won't replace the worn metal.


A rattle on startup is not too bad, but when it gets to the stage that it rattles all of the time, economy and performance will suffer.
Sorry to jump in on this... Symon, could this be why my 156 sounds what I would say very 'tappety' and I struggle to get 50 to 60 miles out of about 15 quid of fuel (driving like an old woman, trying to extend that mileage as best I can!!) - I wasn't aware they could fail to this point, and am fearing it may be something more serious...
 

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I thank you all for your words of wisdom. Firstly the belts were all changed about 10k ago so hope that this is not the case, and it does seem to be noisiest when ticking over, although it does seemto be getting worse in general,and the oil level is fine. I don't suppose any of you know of(dare I say) reasonably priced alfo specialist that could have a look?
 

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Sorry to jump in on this... Symon, could this be why my 156 sounds what I would say very 'tappety' and I struggle to get 50 to 60 miles out of about 15 quid of fuel (driving like an old woman, trying to extend that mileage as best I can!!) - I wasn't aware they could fail to this point, and am fearing it may be something more serious...
It could well be mate. Has it been rattling on startup for a while, and has now got worse? If so it is probably your problem..
 

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It could well be mate. Has it been rattling on startup for a while, and has now got worse? If so it is probably your problem..
yep, the one on my stilo died completly, rattled all the time, in particular at start up, and about 3.5k as it starts to get moving. performance crud, fuel economy, crud, oil usuage (even for a 2.4) crud cruddily crud crud crud:rant:

and now my 156 is going the same way. but its due a service in 4500 miles, so time to spend some pennies:lol:
 
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