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Racoon- its not the sound i worry about-its the potential wear on timing chain etc-obviously there will be times you cant preheat so dont worry about it-you just do the best youre wiiling to do-also have noticed if oil level is down some it is more prone to rattle-basically anything thst gets oil pressure up sooner can prevent it- for example a pre-luber would also work but they cost around $150 or more and require some work to install but wouldnt have hassle of plugging in
 

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Racoon- where was the insult? I offerred helpful solutions to issue- dont believe most people would see any insult anywhere in these posts
 

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I didn't see anything either, @bobcat20. No worries!

I'm following any talk of the VTC actuators since I'm shopping for a TSX for the kiddo, and don't want a potential problem rearing its head. Some of the 4-cylinder Accords also had this problem. So it's not like this is limited to only the CR-Vs.
 

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I had a 2014 EX-L. Had a noisy VTC actuator replaced per the bulletins mentioned. I did have to leave my car there overnight so dealer could verify noise. No more problems.
 

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I had a 2014 EX-L. Had a noisy VTC actuator replaced per the bulletins mentioned. I did have to leave my car there overnight so dealer could verify noise. No more problems.
Same issue on my 2014. Been putting it off. Thought it was the ac clutch but the more research i do thd more nervous im getting. How many miles are on your '14 crv? Thanks
 

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And yes, I'm going to reach out to American Honda Motor Corp about the situation.
So I did open a case with American Honda Motor Corp.
I got a call from someone, but wasn't able to answer before it went to voicemail. They did leave a message with name, toll free phone number, and an extension. I called a couple of times and left messages, and finally got call back this afternoon.

I explained why I had contacted them, and told them that this was my 3rd CR-V and 5th Honda, and I thought Honda should offer to pick up part of the cost for the faulty part.

The response I received was, and yes I'm quoting exactly:

How is this Honda's problem?

I told her to inform her boss that this was my last Honda, and then I hung up.
 

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I have a 2012 CRV purchased new. Never had the oil change indicator light below 50 percent. Always changed the oil at 50-60 percent oil. So this is not an oil issue at all.

My CRV starting making this noise at every startup. Watching many Youtube videos. This issue is widespread to Accords as well.

In my research I will just ignore this noise. Once I get a Cam Position Sensor OBD code I will then change the VTC actuator, timing chain, guides, etc. Many people on here replaced the VTC and noise came back. So I will wait for when my timing chain stretches little bit. Cam Position Sensor will notify you of this.

Has anyone with a 2012 CRV taking theirs to the dealer recently who lives in California?
 

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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.
I've posted about this whole startup noise issue before (2018?) on our 2013. The first replacement VTC actuator resulted in no change in the situation. The second one seemed to help, but the warmer weather at the time might have simply masked the issue. We usually don't hear much commotion unless the overnight temperatures are below 20' F or so. We have the HondaCare plan, so they were able to get authorization.

This past January (2019) we were back again. This time they acknowledged 'a sound', but claimed it was due to a slapping timing chain due to a tensioner issue. I accepted that maybe 'mother Honda knows best' and agreed to pay the $300 or so for the repair. Maybe there was some improvement. I'm thinking that that the intensity of the sound was the same, but the temperature threshold of the event was perhaps moved downwards 5-10' F, so we heard it less often.

Now thinking about it, did the chain stretch to beyond the 'reach' of the original tensioner? Is this a patch for a different problem? The reported one link longer total length mean a half link per essential side? How many cam degrees will this translate to?

We are back into colder mornings, and the noises are evident. We have 6 months left on the HondaCare policy, but I do see that the PZEV plan for NY might offer us more time.
 

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Having same issue with my 2015 CR-V (as is my dad). Spoke to three dealers (his, plus my purchasing dealer and servicing dealer near my office). All three dealers said it was the VTC actuator; both his dealer and my purchasing dealer advocated replacement, especially since noise could worsen or damage could result past 100k miles. My servicing dealer said it's more of an annoyance and not to worry about it. I have HondaCare that will lapse in a few thousand miles. My question is whether this would be covered under HondaCare, and can I push my servicing dealer to request HondaCare authorization if the dealer doesn't think it's an issue?
 

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I don't know specifically whether HondaCare would cover it, but it's definitely worth asking the question.

When my VTC actuator was replaced I was specifically told the repair wasn't covered because I was past the original 3 year/36,000 warranty, and also a few months past the 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
 
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