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How to know if variator is replaced?

I just got a 00 barchetta.. When the car is cold the engine sounds like a diesel for a minute but later the sound becomes ok... I dont know if i have variator problems as the engine sounds normal but feels short of power.. The engine needs new mounts & balancing..
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Welcome to the forum!
I think the noise on startup is normal, from what I've read. But you will need to find out if the cam belt and variator have been changed anyway as I've been recommended every 3 years for a change and I think they are generally done at the same time.
How about some pix of your car?
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

So every 3 years the variator & cambelt should be replaced? Sounds costy.. My mechanic said i should balance the engine... As car have not been driven for a while by the previous owner...
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

Hi Roj, welcome to the forum. Rattle on startup is not an issue, if the car has been left for a length of time the oil runs from the variator and takes a couple of seconds for the oil pressure to build up when you first start it. If you are getting poor mpg or poor performance (don't notice a bit of 'oomph' at 3.5k rpm) and have a bearing sound then the variator is in need of attention.

Give the garages on the service stamps a call, they should be able to tell you what work has been carried out in the past. As long as you change the oil regularly and keep the car serviced the variator should not be an issue.
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

So taking good care of the engine is the case then...
My driving usually involves instant & violent revs & kickdowns... but im careful in such things a i never redline it...
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I drive mine enthusiastically most of the time, I change the oil about every 5k. Achilles heal of the b is the variator, as long as you keep her well serviced and don't use cheap oil you should be ok!
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"Cheap Oil" as?
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

I use 5-40 Shell Helix ultra, slightly more expensive than the Halfrauds own stuff but it tends to stay cleaner and thinner for longer.
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Bearing whine noise is coming from the engine! What is the price of a variator & cambelt anyways?
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

Depends if you are using a dealer, specialist, back street garage, a mate, or yourself. The variator itself is about 100 for the part unless you find one going on ebay.
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

ROJ,

I got my Variator and CAM belt changed on my 00 Barchetta last week at 68k miles or thereabouts (actually due at 72k). The engine is loads smoother, more powerful and doesn't stall easily at low revs any more. Plus I am no longer paranoid about the cam belt snapping and lunching the top end of the engine.

My advice to you would be to bite the bullet and get the job done. Incidentally MGC in Nottingham sourced my Variator for a few quid less than a ton. More like 70 or 80 I think.
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My advice to you would be to bite the bullet and get the job done. Incidentally MGC in Nottingham sourced my Variator for a few quid less than a ton. More like 70 or 80 I think.
Well, I live in dubai so Nottingham is pretty far for me... I still could exchange variators from other engines?? Alfas? or maybe some japanese brand if anyone knows?

Im in the process of replacing the fuel pump with that of a nissan maxima; saved me a 10 day waiting period & lots of money from importing an original one from outside the country...
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Well, I live in dubai so Nottingham is pretty far for me... I still could exchange variators from other engines?? Alfas?
Its the same Alfas use.
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

Posting hear instead of making a new topic..

Is it usual to hear a trrrcckking noise when driving. I hear that in my b since i 1st got it.. Checked others & they dont sound like that... when driving and applying gas you will hear a constant trrrrcckkk from the engine like valve noises of some kind.. Hope you get what i mean..
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Re: How to know if variator is replaced?

If it sounds like a diesel then its probably the variator, any idea where abouts in the engine its coming from?
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