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Hi guys, I'm about to bite the bullet and replace my cambelt, along with waterpump, but I also have the variator rattle, so need to do that also.

The belt was done when I picked the car up about 5k ago at no extra cost, but can't be sure they used the cam locking blocks and dti, as it was an independent car sales place. As they didnt change the variator at my request, I can guarantee they didn't look at the waterpump, which I've heard is in the danger zone (52k+)?

I've looked at the repair kit for the variator, which I'm confident I can carry out the work, but has anybody had any experience of this, and if so, has it lasted?
 

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Being as i often get hold of Alfas i know a "few" alfa specialists and plenty of Alfa buyers/owners in the sussex area .None have ever mentioned the wisdom of rebuilding a variator so i presume it can be done but may not be worth the time and hassle.A new variator can last a considerable time and they can be had at a reasonable price.
 

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I've not had the car long, so couldn't guess how long it's been rattling, it only does if for a second or 2 on startup. I'll probably fit an new one, and for the sake of a tenner and a bit of time, I might just buy the kit and repair the old one for future
 

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I wouldn't mess with the kit.

The reason being if you repair your variator and fit it to the car, and find it still rattles you will have to get the cambelt taken off again to fix it.

That would cost more than the £90 or so it costs to replace the variator in the first place... Or a few hours work if you do the job yourself.
 

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Yeah, always a concern, alfaworkshop have the variator for about £120, it's also where I'm looking to get the rest of the bits from, anyone know of it cheaper anywhere? Car is a 1.6 TS 120bhp, and it's a CF3 if it matters
 

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This has come up before. My take on this is no, do not rebuild. The kit itself is not meant for public sale as it was designed as a cheap solution to resolving warranty claims but not as a proper fix. It only had to last until the warranty ran out... This is straight from an Alfa mechanic by the way.
 

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Thanks for the insight, btw, any idea why they used a plastic washer? Wouldn't a thin metal washer suffice, and last a bit longer?
 

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Might be worth trawling Ebay etc, in Sept I got a brand new boxed one from there for £82 inc p+p from someone who had 10 or so. Seem all gone now strangely!
 

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Yeah, I'll have a ganders, although always a bit wary buying off eBay, cause you can't guarantee it's genuine or a repaired one, not wanting to take the chance where my engine's concerned
 

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Yeah, I'll have a ganders, although always a bit wary buying off eBay, cause you can't guarantee it's genuine or a repaired one, not wanting to take the chance where my engine's concerned
Pretty sure mine was the real deal though might last longer if not made in Italy!:lol:
 

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I got my new genuine variator of eBay for £64. The guy pops up occasionally with them. I suppose you just need to keep checking. I'd defo replace rather than repair. Good luck.
 

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I tried rebuilding mine and it was better for a little while but in the end needed replacing on the 2.4 jtd. in the end i must say it wasnt worth the hassle. have new part handy and swap it you only want to be taking that apart once.
 
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I tried rebuilding mine and it was better for a little while but in the end needed replacing on the 2.4 jtd. in the end i must say it wasnt worth the hassle. have new part handy and swap it you only want to be taking that apart once.
didn't know 2.4JTDs had variators?
 

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:mad:Please where do you get the repair kit and how much?
(Noted that someone suggests 'used by Alfa to get car through guarantee period' which doesn't say much for Alfa Service or durability - surely the cost to them of a variator is minimal.)
When will Alfa learn that owners with fragile cars become ex-owners................ :mad:
 

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I've not had the car long, so couldn't guess how long it's been rattling, it only does if for a second or 2 on startup. I'll probably fit an new one, and for the sake of a tenner and a bit of time, I might just buy the kit and repair the old one for future
Tried an oil change? Sometimes quietens it down as the old oil gets thinner ...
 
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