2014 CRV Timing Chain and VTC "rattle" issue"

Asked by Mar 08, 2017 at 10:33 PM about the 2014 Honda CR-V

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have 2014 CRV. I had the "rattle" upon cold start
when I got the car. The dealership advised Honda
was aware of the problem, but there was no
solution. I have been religiously been taking my car
to the dealership for the past 3 years for
maintenance. Today I had multiple sensors go off
and immediately brought it in. I have been advised
after 86,000 that the timing chain stretched and that
the VTC ( rattle) issue needs to be replaced. This
car has seen almost all of its life as highway miles. I
am shocked and outraged that this is happening.
Anyone have this issue??

12 Answers


I have a 2012 CRV with the same issue. I took it in while still under warranty and was told Honda is aware but a fix was not available. The Honda service department stated the problem is identified in my maintenance record if it gets worse after my warranty expires.

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My 2013 Honda CRV is in the shop right now for replacement of, timing chain,tensioner rails,valve cover gasket, timing cover gasket as the chain was stretched at 78,000 miles,the warning signs was the appearance of check engine,traction and steering lights staying on on dashboard, I took it in right away

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Just got back from dealer and was tols my timing CHAIN "streatched" how can a metal chain "streatch" and at 87k miles this would be less life than a belt - dealer blamed it on not getting the proper oil changes on time - COME ON! this is what i thougt I was avoiding with a Honda - after several Honda's and several amaerican cars - I'ld have to say there is doubt on the relaibility of the Honda - seems more like that "great GM feeling" I was trying to avoid!

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Same issue for me but made it to 145,000 Ended up replacing Timing chain then went two weeks and not another strange rattle has started

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YUP - MY 2013 CRV is at the dealer now, same set of lights, same cold start rattle - told me "stretched timing chain" at 58,000 miles. I showed them that I had the extended warranty. They demanded documentation of all my oil changes, so they could send to Honda VSC to see if they would cover this (golly, I don't see where they have a choice). Fortunately for me I was able to find them.

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We had a similar issue a year ago, went through a whole fight with getting it covered under manufacturer/extended warranty. The service guys wanted to blame us not getting oil changes A. at their shop and B. not every 3,000 miles. They claimed we weren't suppose to base our changes on the oil life % gauge as that is not its purpose (bold faced lie). Good news, once everything was fixed, it worked! Until this week, where all the issues are starting again, so I look forward to this fight :)

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Same thing here. 2013 Honda 64000 miles.they replaced the actuator 4 times!!! Same problem with lights on dash and sluggish pick up. Today they tell me the problem is the stretched timing belt. I think this is their new answer

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Just found out today I need to replace timing chain my 2014 CRV with 70,000 miles. Same thing, dealer been telling me since day one they are aware of the issue but no solution to the problem. VERY DISAPPOINTED in Honda. Thought they were better than this. Not sure I will buy another Honda.


well after replacing the timing chain the issue was not fixed. still no pick up, all dash lights still on. They decided to call the honda tech support line and were told to replace guess anyone?? The vtc actuator. well this time they appear to have replaced it correctly and the car has made it almost 48 hours without a problem. This has been a nightmare.

Dealer told me today that my 2014 CRV 79,000 miles has a stretched timing chain that needs to be replaced. Cost $1930! Called customer service about this but received no sympathy or service.


call corporate customer service. I had good luck with them. They offered "Good will" to pay for it when I complained about having had other parts replaced then was told it was timing chain. So got it replaced, then they had to replace the actuator for the 4th time and car finally worked. Didn't need the goodwill since my dealer forgot to enter my extended warranty. But I was assigned a case manager who did all contact with dealer for me.

I have a 2013 Honda CRV with a 100000 on it. The VTC valve has been rattling sense about 40000 miles with no help from Honda. Now with the rattle 3 times louder than it's ever been and happens every single day they tell me I need a new timing chain and VTC actuator at the tune of $1800. Yes you could say I am outraged. I will not buy another Honda and I will not recommend a Honda to anybody. There should be a recall on this.

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