How to Replace a VTC Actuator (Complete DIY Guide)

Does your engine rattle on startup? A bad variable valve timing VTC actuator or bad cam phasers can cause a rattling noise on a cold start. This is a common problem in Honda 2.4 engines including the Accord and CRV among others. This is also a common problem in Ford Ecoboost engines. In this video I show you how to diagnose a bad VVT actuator which can cause a P1009 check engine code. Then I show you the entire process on how to replace the VTC actuator without removing the camshafts and using only common hand tools. I show you how to set the engine to top dead center, remove the timing chain, replace the VTC actuator and install new gaskets in the valve cover to prevent oil leaks.

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VTC Actuator:
Honda 2.4l Valve Cover Gasket Set:

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  • ChrisFix
    ChrisFixPrieš mėn

    I hope this helps the millions of people affected by bad variable valve timing actuators and even if you dont have this issue, there is a lot to learn about setting an engine to top dead center! Thank you Spray Nine for hooking me up so I can SuperClean my engine bay! If you buy a bottle of their degreaser from Advance Auto Parts (or anything else) use "ChrisFix25" for 25% off your ENTIRE order! I make no money from you guys using the code, it was negotiated to help you guys. I use it myself whenever I buy parts haha. Hope this helps! Spray Nine Degreaser: High Strength Removable Threadlocker: Quick Set Gasket Maker: Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner: VTC Actuator: Honda 2.4l Valve Cover Gasket Set: Tools:

  • Siwe Joel

    Siwe Joel

    Prieš 16 dienų




    Prieš 17 dienų

    @ChrisFix Maybe I overestimate the importance of this but I generally advise that people break the lugnuts (or bolts) loose on the ground and not while jacked up. At least not DIY'ers, professional lift is a different story.

  • Neon Gurung

    Neon Gurung

    Prieš 18 dienų

    Hey Chris! I’m blind, and I’m interesting in automotive stuff; I’m wondering if I can learn with you. Any response will be appreciated!

  • hewgames


    Prieš 21 dieną

    Bro when u gonna do the turbo video

  • Stephanie Harper

    Stephanie Harper

    Prieš 25 dienų


  • te72 jap raggon
    te72 jap raggonPrieš dieną

    And this is why even as a licensed mechanic i still watch these videos ! Very good tip also gos to show even with chris knowing his stuff hes still human and makes mistakes he almost dropped the chain , pointed out what not to do , almost put the chain on wrong and still showed what to do and what not to do. Huge respect from me chris! Awesome video as always and good luck with the delsol and bmw

  • Jay Hockley
    Jay HockleyPrieš dieną

    Great Video ! I also like the safety tip that can be used whenever you remove a tire , to put the removed tire UNDER the car . " If the car falls , Its cheaper to replace a rim , than a Limb "

  • Mak
    MakPrieš dieną

    My brand new Rav 4 makes the same noise. Cold start rattle. The dealership said no codes nothing to worry about. Don't know if I should take their word for it.

  • Gal3xy Phoenix
    Gal3xy PhoenixPrieš 2 dienas

    can u fix my head gasket

  • Bob Chekoudjian
    Bob ChekoudjianPrieš 2 dienas

    Thank you for the clear and clean demonstration. I'm not even at 100,000 yet but, will save this for future reference. Cheers!

  • Samuel Copeland
    Samuel CopelandPrieš 2 dienas

    Hi Chrisfix congratulations on hitting 8 Million subscribers. I love how you do detailed work. Your the biggest automotive LTdronr. Also about sludge on engines not only can sludge break the cam actuator it can jam up the camshaft or stop the car from starting because the car 🚗 crankshaft might be jammed up.

  • Craig Pennington
    Craig PenningtonPrieš 2 dienas

    $900 is a lot of money 💰

  • TopHat Videos Inc.
    TopHat Videos Inc.Prieš 3 dienas

    My VTEC isn't kicking in anymore mom! I think my civic race car is broken I want a new one!

  • Obinna Eke
    Obinna EkePrieš 3 dienas

    Very nice video, but one issue: The heater used to heat the actuators bolt is not readily available, if one encounters that kind of issue what is the most viable option asides from the heater? Can a lighter work?

  • Fosty
    FostyPrieš 3 dienas

    I don't know why I'm watching this. My wife will just take it to a mechanic instead of letting me do it.

  • Opickovic
    OpickovicPrieš 3 dienas

    You are on the money. You are a savior for the car community.

  • dark_-shadow5678
    dark_-shadow5678Prieš 3 dienas

    Will this work for my 06 Impala the timing chain is worn

  • Mohammed Alguhani
    Mohammed AlguhaniPrieš 4 dienas

    Why the sound show only in beginning?

  • ddcn427
    ddcn427Prieš 5 dienų

    so that just looks like a plain old gear. what is it about it that makes it go out?

  • Arianna Kelly
    Arianna KellyPrieš 5 dienų

    hi chris!! I just bought a 1987 F150, would you be willing to do a video on transmission leaks?

  • cameron anderson
    cameron andersonPrieš 5 dienų

    you helped me change the front wheel bearing

  • cameron anderson
    cameron andersonPrieš 5 dienų

    love the vids

  • cameron anderson
    cameron andersonPrieš 5 dienų


  • Maria Salvador
    Maria SalvadorPrieš 5 dienų

    I love your videos so much Chris :3

  • Nathan Spain
    Nathan SpainPrieš 6 dienų

    I didn't see an INDUCTION HEATER on that original list of parts.

  • ShadowOps Airman1
    ShadowOps Airman1Prieš 6 dienų

    Swap in an Atlas or LS and problem solved

  • Riyadh can play any games
    Riyadh can play any gamesPrieš 7 dienų

    It reminds me the sound of startup is different but when the engine is running it sounds the same but the start up is different

  • ExtremeRecluse
    ExtremeReclusePrieš 8 dienų

    Spray Nine. $$$. Don't make it too obvious.

  • ExtremeRecluse
    ExtremeReclusePrieš 8 dienų

    I wonder if the honda executives are considering hiring Chris?

  • ExtremeRecluse
    ExtremeReclusePrieš 8 dienų

    Hey Guys. Honda is screwing thousands of customers and I am here to help Honda screw you even more. Really. I was a faithful viewer, but you are doing us all an injustice. This should be decided in court; not on a DIY video. We know you are getting paid handsomely by LTdron. You are not unbiased on this issue. I wonder if you are getting paid by Honda? Maybe. Prove me wrong and explain why you really made this video. You are so eager to announce your love of your sponsors. I think $$$ is driving this train. Honda wants you to do this , do this, do this and do that. Of course they do. They also love the videos that save them millions. Keep them videos coming especially those that help screw faithful customers. Really

  • 𝖇𝖙𝖜 𝖒𝖆𝖙𝖞®
    𝖇𝖙𝖜 𝖒𝖆𝖙𝖞®Prieš 9 dienų

    other 13 y.o kids watching fortnite me 13 y.o just watching hot to repair vtc😂

  • Mester Biggs
    Mester BiggsPrieš 9 dienų

    super cool method! I love your how to videos!

  • Devonte Foreman
    Devonte ForemanPrieš 9 dienų

    I'm not sure I would replace it with a Dorman, but otherwise a great video.

  • Isaac Trockman
    Isaac TrockmanPrieš 9 dienų

    my toyota, which does have VVT, rattles on cold startup only, and a code scanner says there is no problems. could it be the VVT or just something else

  • Zach Blackburn
    Zach BlackburnPrieš 9 dienų

    Thank you for all of this

  • the Super frying pan
    the Super frying panPrieš 9 dienų

    What gloves do you use? It looks so durable!

  • Lalo Parra
    Lalo ParraPrieš 10 dienų

    Great job love the videos keep them coming maybe on a 2011 GMC 4.3

  • Anthony DeFabees
    Anthony DeFabeesPrieš 10 dienų

    There's nothing he doesn't know how to fix

  • Cezar Esparza
    Cezar EsparzaPrieš 10 dienų

    Hey Chris I have a question my mom has a mercy mountaineer year is 07 and it keeps over heating all the fluid levels are topped off and checked just wondering what it would be? Thank you Chris

  • StealthOps CreeperStyle
    StealthOps CreeperStylePrieš 10 dienų

    My man fighting for his life at 16:10

  • Austin Howard
    Austin HowardPrieš 10 dienų

    Did you ever put the throttle body on the drift stang?

  • Asid D
    Asid DPrieš 11 dienų

    Would this prevent my vtec from kicking in

  • Waldo Rodriguez
    Waldo RodriguezPrieš 11 dienų

    Chris, it's amazing how you just like to simplify working on a car and not over complicate it.

  • Jobless Gamer
    Jobless GamerPrieš 11 dienų

    I love you man! Its so satisfying everything you do!

  • Maxime Comeau
    Maxime ComeauPrieš 11 dienų

    Thats a k24 in the acord

  • Alexander Stefanxandra Swedish
    Alexander Stefanxandra SwedishPrieš 11 dienų

    Great video sharing brother

  • ramlee bin ahmad
    ramlee bin ahmadPrieš 12 dienų

    Thanks chris was looking for this problem! ☺️👍🏻

  • Seana E
    Seana EPrieš 13 dienų

    I'd love to know where you are located. Your so knowledgeable about car repairs, and do everything throughly! Love to bring you my Element!

  • Dino DIY

    Dino DIY

    Prieš 12 dienų

    why do you think he would work on your car? Its just a TV show.

  • HolyNite
    HolyNitePrieš 13 dienų

    I laughed when you said "jacking point" 😂

  • Creeperboy099
    Creeperboy099Prieš 13 dienų

    That sludgy D16 looked just like the D16Y7 in my Civic DX- but thankfully, I don’t see any sludge under the valve cover

    NOT SUREPrieš 13 dienų

    Great video. @11:15 Did anyone else notice the cracks on the rubber seal of the Harmonic Balancer ?

    NOT SUREPrieš 13 dienų

    Nice job man 👍👍

  • Kai Lofton
    Kai LoftonPrieš 14 dienų

    Fuckked Up The Cam On My First One

  • Gaming Fun
    Gaming FunPrieš 14 dienų


  • Emmanuel Dipom
    Emmanuel DipomPrieš 14 dienų

    What type of camera do you use?

  • Biracial Brotha
    Biracial BrothaPrieš 14 dienų

    My son just bought a 2006 Civic with 130k. Will definitely attempt myself if it ever becomes an issue

  • TriMoot
    TriMootPrieš 14 dienų

    WOW! Chris...I'm am AMAZED at how well you did this! I watched the entire thing...and I don't even OWN a Honda! I've never seen a better "How to" video. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • Edward Markham
    Edward MarkhamPrieš 14 dienų

    Had the same issue on my ten year old 2010 Accord which had 90,000 Km (56,000 Mi). I faithfully changed my oil every 4,000 Km (2500 Mi) and babied the engine (I'm an old dude). Took it to the Honda dealer and my Accord needed the replacement of the VTC actuator the timing chain as well as the guides and tensioner. $1,800 later I was really upset and very disappointed with Honda, especially since I discovered this is a very common problem with this engine model. Not to mention the three return trips to the dealer to fix oil leaks after the repair. It'll be a new Toyota next time! Thanks Chris for a really fascinating video on this subject.

  • khaled6100
    khaled6100Prieš 14 dienų

    Admit you smiled when you saw ETCG

  • David Micka
    David MickaPrieš 14 dienų

    id like to know what happened inside the actuator :)

  • They were dead when I got there
    They were dead when I got therePrieš 16 dienų

    Drive shafts next!

  • Tripp
    TrippPrieš 16 dienų

    You may want to take some of that money LTdron sends you and get your parents driveway

  • Xposure
    XposurePrieš 16 dienų

    Has anyone ever noticed Chris's voice pitch gets ever so slightly higher every year?

  • twistedyogert
    twistedyogertPrieš 16 dienų

    When V-TEC doesn't kick in: 🙁 When Chris tells you how to fix it: 😃

  • MrCyssiek
    MrCyssiekPrieš 16 dienų

    All fun and games but what I really want to see is freaking turbo in delSol

    MSTWNTDPrieš 17 dienų

    I’m a little skeptical about cracking the actuator bolt loose while it’s still in the engine. Does it not damage anything? I wonder why Honda doesn’t recommend to do it this way

  • Rafaela Gomez
    Rafaela GomezPrieš 17 dienų

    8:19 I Named My Moms Car Hondy😂😂😂

  • Burritoloco 46
    Burritoloco 46Prieš 17 dienų

    Can you make a video on changing your timing chain/belt??

  • Brodyn T.
    Brodyn T.Prieš 17 dienų

    Does anyone know if the 2.4s have leaking problems? I think my 2003 is leaking from the oil pan but I am not sure. HELP! Please.

  • Newscrew
    NewscrewPrieš 17 dienų

    Please make a video on sunroof leaking how check sunroof before buying a car and fixing it

  • Gerardo Guzman
    Gerardo GuzmanPrieš 17 dienų

    What's a good Bellt to use if it needs replacing

  • Gerardo Guzman

    Gerardo Guzman

    Prieš 17 dienų

    @ChrisFix thanks for a quick response!!

  • ChrisFix


    Prieš 17 dienų

    Goodyear and Michelin make good belts.

  • Shikhar Rai
    Shikhar RaiPrieš 17 dienų

    Chris, I know that this video is 1 month ago, but I' ve heard that you have responded on 4 year old videos. Btw this is the latest video when I wrote this comment, so my question was that, when you bought your Hummer, you bought a trailer with it. (atleast you said that) and said that you will turn it into a workshop trailer to carry your drift car and your tools, so when will you be doing that?

  • faisal alhouti
    faisal alhoutiPrieš 17 dienų

    The fact that im 11 and understanding is pretty cool

  • Whayt
    WhaytPrieš 18 dienų

    Can you please do again drfting videos it was so nice

  • Jukka Valkonen
    Jukka ValkonenPrieš 18 dienų

    Hi, this is offtopic. I know you do not have volkswagen nor audi on your drive way, but .... Could you please do a How to video for changing cruise control (blinker) stalk to volkswagen / audi / skoda. Volkswagen cruise control stalk problem is most common and very easy to fix. My car is skoda octavia mk2 which is almost same as golf mk5, etc.

  • fahad zayed
    fahad zayedPrieš 18 dienų

    If that fixed my car i would Subscribe to your channel with 100 accounts

    YESBROPrieš 18 dienų

    Hehe no honda... No problem

  • Leo Hurstman
    Leo HurstmanPrieš 18 dienų

    Hi chris, im a fun of Mazda CX 9. Owning 2020 cx 9. Do you do reviews on brand new cars

  • Garrett Myers
    Garrett MyersPrieš 18 dienų

    shouldn't it be called a VVT

  • Stef Fendt lover
    Stef Fendt loverPrieš 18 dienų

    Chris is a real Good man he make video’s for us Even I am a belgium man and I don’t understand everything it is very useful

  • SuperHodge08
    SuperHodge08Prieš 18 dienų

    Wish there was a Chris fix but instead of cars, motorcycles

  • Airsoft Scientology
    Airsoft ScientologyPrieš 18 dienų

    I just did this job while following your video but I encountered a problem near the end. The cam timing marks line up perfectly but when I checked the timing mark on the crank pulley, the arrow is pointing to the right-most timing mark instead of the white timing mark. Is this a big problem or am I okay to put everything back together?

  • Wyatt Lenzi
    Wyatt LenziPrieš 18 dienų

    Bruh upload more

  • Wyatt Lenzi

    Wyatt Lenzi

    Prieš 18 dienų

    @ChrisFix thanks man didn't mean it in a harsh way

  • ChrisFix


    Prieš 18 dienų

    I wish it was as simple as just being able to upload more, but good timing as the new video should actually be out today if it renders properly! Stay tuned!

  • bubster
    bubsterPrieš 19 dienų

    Simple fix for undercarriage plastic cover

  • 14. Labib khairan
    14. Labib khairanPrieš 19 dienų

    8:46 *Vtec* 👀

  • Master Walnut
    Master Walnut Prieš 19 dienų

    5.26 the doggo in the top right corner looks cute

  • JeepXJ99
    JeepXJ99Prieš 19 dienų

    Do you still sell stickers??

  • Jasser Majewsky
    Jasser MajewskyPrieš 19 dienų

    Please do more truck videos I just bought a 2006 Chevy Colorado and would love some advice sadly the dealership that sold it to me lied about checking the vehicle so it’s had a number of issues within two weeks or purchase

  • Tina T'oa
    Tina T'oaPrieš 19 dienų

    Hi Chris Right Engine Bay firewall corrosion to improve? How do I fix this? And where is that under the bonnet? Thanks

  • Annalynn•2.2 YT®
    Annalynn•2.2 YT®Prieš 19 dienų

    Chrisfix hope you reach 10M

  • rene devera
    rene deveraPrieš 19 dienų

    Chris im a fan of yours , can you pls. made some videos about Toyota Tundra 02 about shaking problem thx.😀

  • Trevor M
    Trevor MPrieš 19 dienų

    Chrisy my dude what’s going on with the uploads? We used to get vids every week we’re down to barely one vid a month these days. You dying or something?

  • Okzz Vil
    Okzz VilPrieš 19 dienų

    Nice very nice!!!! Another 200K miles run hehe

  • Colin Hartley
    Colin HartleyPrieš 19 dienų

    When are you doing another driftstang video

  • Charlie Millar
    Charlie MillarPrieš 19 dienų

    I like how he shows small details like the bonnet (hood) prop

  • aleksander hajdinjak
    aleksander hajdinjakPrieš 19 dienų

    The only guy i would not ask why he needed to spend 1000$ to repair my car. :D

  • Robert Gabe Lucio
    Robert Gabe LucioPrieš 19 dienų

    It's kind of funny how life works out. Chris fix is really what got me working on my car for the first time, I did the rear pads on my 2000 f150 when I was 16. I watched these videos for years. I used to just watch these videos to learn more and grow, and now I'm a college student and a full time ford tech with several certifications from ford and my section 609 license

  • Isaac Wong
    Isaac WongPrieš 19 dienų


  • TechTrack
    TechTrackPrieš 19 dienų

    Hi Chris! Do you have any videos on how to fix a squeaky steering wheel? Is that something I can do myself should I just take it to a mechanic!

  • CoinYew
    CoinYewPrieš 19 dienų

    Even in his super clean videos I bet he is made out of microfiber towels

  • TholleHD
    TholleHDPrieš 19 dienų

    Could you do how to change the windshield washer motor and arms?

  • sonja dickow
    sonja dickowPrieš 19 dienų

    Hey Chris, Can you make a video of how to change rear window and windshield? Greetings from germany

  • Zenth gaming
    Zenth gamingPrieš 19 dienų

    Make a vidio on car callotion

  • Zenth gaming
    Zenth gamingPrieš 19 dienų

    Lai lai lai lai lai lai