I had the same thing had mine replaced plus timing chain and same issue as you with the extra link. My mechanic got it fixed and for about 40k Miles it was fine but now the grinding has started again every time I crank the car and it sounds louder than the first time. I am very disappointed with Honda it is their problem but I paid to fix mine and now I guess I have to again. I will never buy another CRV again. Don’t trust their engineersI too continue with the VTC Actuator struggle. I performed the VTC replacement procedure, and even replaced the timing chain + guides while I was at it. The VTC Actuator grinding stresses the chain. When I removed the old chain, it was an entire link longer than the new. Anyways, I replaced everything with the updated 14310-R5A-305 part at 104,598 miles in October 2017. Now in Jan 2019 with 125k miles it is grinding again on cold start-up. I don't really want to get in there and do it all again! Took me about 8 hours to do it myself, plus about $400 in parts + an oil change (I do an oil change anytime the engine is opened).
Now I'm left with leaving it grind, and replace again once it gets worse. at this rate I can't afford to do this every 20k miles!!
I have more than 36,000 miles on my CR-V, so they looked up the date I purchased my CR-V, and it's been more than 5 years. So I have to pay for the repair.The normal warranty applies.
Pretty poor Honda's not covering it under the 5 year 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. I'd phone Honda America and ask for consideration of warranty coverage.I dropped my 2014 CR-V at the Honda dealer first thing this morning to have the VTC actuator replaced. After waiting for about an hour, the service writer came in and said they also need to replace the timing chain tensioner.
The bad news is a single line in the TSB near the top of Page 2:
I have more than 36,000 miles on my CR-V, so they looked up the date I purchased my CR-V, and it's been more than 5 years. So I have to pay for the repair.
Total for both is going to be a bit over US $800.
They gave me a 2016 Civic Coupe to drive while they're working on my CR-V. They said it would be done before they close today at 7 pm, and they'll call me when it's ready to be picked up.
So here's the odd/bad news: when I pulled up at 7:35 am there were 6 vehicles ahead of me in the service line.
ALL of them were CR-Vs, and based on the tailights, they were all newer than my 2014.
The actuator pin issue only affects '15 and '16 V's.After some google searching, 1 thread I found indicated they'd found a solution (no idea if it's valid, no one commented after this so-called solution).
But, try it, who knows? They said to put key in ignition, turn to accessory position for a few seconds, then turn key off. Then turn key and start car.
They indicate the problem is a 'pin' in the actuator that isn't getting 'reset'. And that it's electrical and the above should 'reset' it.
Sounds plausible... I don't have the issue so can't validate it...