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2008–2012 Honda Accord 2.4L VTC Actuator Replacement

Do you have a 2008–2012 Honda Accord 2.4L?

Does the engine rattle loudly for about 2 seconds on cold start-up? If this sounds like your reliable Honda, the variable valve timing control (VTC) actuator is most likely defective and should be replaced.

What does the VTC Actuator do and do I need to fix it?

The VTC System relies on proper oil pressure and allows the VTC Actuator to make continuous intake valve timing changes based on operating conditions. Intake valve timing is optimized to allow the engine to produce maximum power. If an error occurs, the VTC system control is disabled and the valve timing is no longer variable. This should be repaired sooner than later to avoid a potential check engine light, possibly accompanied with rough idle and/or lack of power or stalling.

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Do I need to replace my timing chain at the same time?

Replacement of the VTC actuator does not require the complete removal of the timing chain and associated parts, but this may be a good time to do so, depending on the mileage and mechanic’s diagnosis.

How much will a new VTC Actuator on my 2008–2012 Honda Accord cost?

Pricing for the VTC Actuator can range from $585–$845.

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What should I do if my 2008–2012 Honda Accord is making this rattling sound?

To avoid a possible larger repair or breakdown on the side of the road, you should not delay routine maintenance. Using the Openbay app or website, you can easily compare local shops by distance, customer reviews, and price. Service estimates include parts, labor rate and taxes, so you’ll know the exact price you’ll be paying before you get to the shop!

We know scheduling car repair and maintenance can be stressful. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Openbay is hassle-free car repair for the modern world. Get competitive estimates from high-quality shops nearby, then schedule an appointment and pay securely online. All services booked with Openbay are backed by our Peace-of-Mind Guarantee, and you’ll earn Openbay Rewards on every completed service.

Article written by an ASE Certified Technician

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