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Right people, it's time for the cam belt change!! After a bit of revision i'm under the impression that i should be getting my cam variator changed as she soesn't half sound like a diesel when i first start her up!!! After trying to decide whether to change it myself or not i thinks she's going to be going into alfa to be on the safe side!!!! A couple of questions- 1) could my worn cam variator have an affect on performance/fuel consumption as she seems to be slightly under powered!2) Also has anybody got any recommendations on where to get the parts?? I've got a quote of alfa which wasn't too bad but i've already found cheaper on e-bay etc... genuine parts of course!! Thanks guys!!
 

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Hi Chris - the variator have no effect on either power or fuel consumption.
As for parts, an Alfa Dealer workshop or independent specialist will probably not be happy to fit parts you have found elsewhere, but ask.
I'm of the impression that new tension wheels have been introduced (metal instead of nylon).
Have your mechanic check the water pump while changing the belts, the pump is cheap but needs belts removed (and changed once again) to change.
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As Erik says, the cam variator does not affect neither fuel consumption nor power. Nor does the rattle affect anything but the engine sound.

And if you can afford it, change everything when you're at it: cam belt, alternator/pump belt, cam variator, all the tensioners, water pump and pulleys.

I know it's not cheap, but a mixture of half-worn and new parts will have you maintaining those bits more than you need. It's cheaper in the long run to replace everything.
 
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