HONDA 2.4 L VTC ACTUATOR NOISE
This issue was first brought up in the ETCG Forum by Sam, “Alright, I am seeking some advice. I have a 2012 Honda CRV with the 2.4 L engine. Roughly 86,000 miles. Has that famous VTC actuator grind noise after cold start up. It sounds awful for a second. I have talked to a couple of mechanics/service advisors. Some say this is an annoyance but is not doing any harm. The Honda dealer will not replace the actuator because they insist that once it is replaced the issue often continues to re-occur. I am considering a couple things if I do indeed fix it.
Swapping it out myself (I am a light hobbyist. Oil changes, spark plugs, brakes, etc.) and this seems a little bit above my paygrade. I would print out the TSB and follow it to the letter if I did indeed do it.
Taking it to a non Honda dealer mechanic and getting an idea as to whether or not they can fix it right and not break the bank.
Questions: Is this doing harm to the engine?
Is this relatively simple for some guy to do in his garage himself?
Is it recommended I take it to side street garage mechanic that is ASE certified to just get it done?”
Part & Service Bulletin Number
Date:March 17, 2016
Failing Component: Engine (Pws)
Summary: Service bulletin – replace the vtc actuator if the engine rattles loudly for 2 seconds during cold start-up.
Parts: The old part # is 14310-R44-A01. The new part # 14310-R5A-305.
How to Fix
$630 – $649 to have the dealership replace it.
Users Still Reporting Issues:
“My dealer was able to reproduce the grind on my 2014 CRV last winter when the vehicle was left overnight. The VTC was changed but the grind continued. After many attempts to reproduce the sound again they were able to hear it this winter. It took a bit of a fight but they finally replaced it for a second time, also under warranty.
Even after the second replacement the grind is still happening, what should I do from here? It seems the dealer has had enough of trying to help me at this point. Should I try a different Honda dealer, is it possible the part is not being installed correctly”
“Still trying to get this fixed, have had several VTC parts installed and various other repair have been attempted. The dealer has been on Honda for solutions.
It is in the shop right now and has been for over a week now. They are asking Honda to approve complete head replacement now. Looks like it could be more than a VTC in this case. We will see!”