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Old 12-29-2012, 06:25 AM
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I received an email from someone claiming to be an attorney. He said he was trying to start a class action suit for this problem. My Accord had this repair done 3 times by the dealer (I had to pay for 3 valve adjustments). The rattle came back a fourth time and was not fixed. Has anyone else heard from this attorney?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Ernie1499 View Post
I received an email from someone claiming to be an attorney. He said he was trying to start a class action suit for this problem. My Accord had this repair done 3 times by the dealer (I had to pay for 3 valve adjustments). The rattle came back a fourth time and was not fixed. Has anyone else heard from this attorney?
I would call american honda and say that the bulletin states valve adjustment is required and that is part of the bulletin. you should not have to pay unless you're out of the power train warranty. if you're within the warranty any power train related work/parts is covered. they will refund you the money you have spent. seems that the person(s) that helped you are not aware of warranty procedures.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:55 AM
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I am just out of warranty and after taking it in a few years ago for the startup rattle, they now say that yes the VTC Actuator needs replacing but they want $800 to do it. What happens if I just ignore this?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:15 PM
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need help. finally got my dealer to look at this bulletin 09-010. This is after they changed the starter, and exhaust to fix this. I searched this on the internet and found the problem. They changed the VLC actuator, today, they said they test drove it and it was fine. I get in the car and the dash lights up like a xmas tree. Engine, VASA, brake lights all on. They put it on the scanner and say the new part is defective. It took them 7HRS to put this thing on, so I am pretty sure they screwed it up. could a honda tech tell me so i could tell them what they did wrong.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:50 AM
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Heliguy, did you mean the VTC actuator? I'm not sure how the VTC actuator can cause the issues that you are having but it sounds like they screwed the pooch and got something wrong.
7 hours? The TSB says 2 hours flat rate. You might want to see if another dealer can take a look at your car.
I have been living with the rattle for a while but it is getting worse. I just ordered the VTC actuator and plan on replacing it in the next couple of weeks. I'll try to take some photos and post them.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:57 AM
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found this video on utube this morning. Put out by american honda, and shows the common screwups by techs doing the VLC bulletin. Mostly timing issues. Sent it to my dealers service manager. He never heard that HOnda puts out these training videos. I should charge them for training. I fix aircraft for a living, makes me happy thesse guys are not fixing aircraft.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:22 AM
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Heliguy, did you mean the VTC actuator? I'm not sure how the VTC actuator can cause the issues that you are having but it sounds like they screwed the pooch and got something wrong.
7 hours? The TSB says 2 hours flat rate. You might want to see if another dealer can take a look at your car.
I have been living with the rattle for a while but it is getting worse. I just ordered the VTC actuator and plan on replacing it in the next couple of weeks. I'll try to take some photos and post them.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:22 AM
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I believe they have installed it out of time
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:29 PM
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I got mine changed recently by the dealer for $400 and the instruction says the mechanic need to follow the directions in the repair manual. I Also suggest call Honda Customer service to report the issues because I keep hearing 2008 have the Actuator issue but when I called Honda they say they dont have any complaints. So recommend to call and report the issue by all having issues for honda to pay attention of this common issue.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:40 PM
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I also have a 2008 Accord EX I4 with a bit of an actuator rattle. So what can happen if I do not replace the VTC actuator? My car isn't under warranty so I would either have to do it myself (yuk) or pay the local dealer (really yuk).
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:45 PM
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I also have a 2008 Accord EX I4 with a bit of an actuator rattle. So what can happen if I do not replace the VTC actuator? My car isn't under warranty so I would either have to do it myself (yuk) or pay the local dealer (really yuk).
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:37 AM
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I got mine changed recently by the dealer for $400 and the instruction says the mechanic need to follow the directions in the repair manual. I Also suggest call Honda Customer service to report the issues because I keep hearing 2008 have the Actuator issue but when I called Honda they say they dont have any complaints. So recommend to call and report the issue by all having issues for honda to pay attention of this common issue.
Everytime one of these parts is orders, you would think this would go into a database, indicating a fault, and if honda gets enough they do something, i.e. issue a service letter
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by heliguy View Post
Everytime one of these parts is orders, you would think this would go into a database, indicating a fault, and if honda gets enough they do something, i.e. issue a service letter
There already has been technical service bulletins issued.
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:58 AM
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For you guys not covered, at your next oil change take 2 quarts of oil out of the motor and fill it with 2 quarts of trans fluid. Let the car idle to hot and then drive it a couple miles (get the rpm up) bring it back home and change the oil.

I have done this for about a dozen people with this problem who were out of coverage and its worked with success a little over half of the time. A little something to try before dishing out the money for a new actuator and install.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:25 PM
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My accord has been fixed by the dealer 2X already (I had to pay for valve adjustments both times). Now the rattle is back for the third time and the dealer is telling me that the timing chain is causing the problem this time. They said the repair is covered for 12 months or 12,000 miles, but they won't fix the rattle unless I pay for the timing chain to be done.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:27 PM
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I just bought a 2008 accord with 60,000 miles and having the valve replaced under the 60 day warranty do u think I should worry about the future of this car cause its a huge job
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:31 PM
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I like how no one has answered the original question, "If I don't have the VTC Actuator replaced, can it cause more damage?"

Can someone PLESE answer this because I would like to know it too.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:27 AM
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This is covered by Honda as there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this. I just had this fixed on my 08 Accord. But it is still making the noise just not as loud.

I had this fixed on my 2008 Accord as well my service agent said since I had low miles (but still past warranty) he could cover it under the $100 deductible warranty. Well I go pick up my car expecting to pay $100 and this other service agent that I get along with went ahead and changed my invoice to pay nothing. The guy who was going to charge me 100 seemed a bit ticked off at the end of it all. Wondering if I should just go to the guy that charged me $0 from now on.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:10 AM
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No, it is not covered by Honda. I called the dealership to verify. A Technical Service Bulletin is Honda's way of acknowledging there is an issue and tells the dealership how to fix it under warranty. It is not a recall.

Now, can someone please answer the original question, "If I don't replace the VTC Actuator, can is cause damage and other problems?"
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Originally Posted by Almighty-Si View Post
For you guys not covered, at your next oil change take 2 quarts of oil out of the motor and fill it with 2 quarts of trans fluid. Let the car idle to hot and then drive it a couple miles (get the rpm up) bring it back home and change the oil.

I have done this for about a dozen people with this problem who were out of coverage and its worked with success a little over half of the time. A little something to try before dishing out the money for a new actuator and install.
Has anyone else tried this??
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