Hard rattle when starting?

Tiny
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  • 2015 HONDA FIT
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 260,000 MILES
Hi guys, I'm still having problems with my vehicle listed above.

Here's what it's doing:

When I start it there is a hard rattle for a few seconds then it doesn't happen again, only when it's cold.

It's consuming gas beyond belief.

Cuts out/ stutters going down the road.

Keeps going into safe mode once it hits 3 RPMs.

Idles rough.

What can it be?

Also, there's a power steering thing warning light on the dash that is on.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 AT 11:23 AM

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Tiny
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I got to mention there's a power steering thing warning light on the dash that is on
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 AT 11:28 AM
Tiny
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Hi:

If I had to guess, I would say the variable timing control actuator (VTC) is faulty. This has been an issue on these vehicles.

I did some checking and found a technical service bulletin related to a rattle on cold start. Take a look through it and let me know if you feel it is relevant.

Let me know.

Joe

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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That's what I was thinking too but wasn't positive so asked the professionals lol. Can the VVT solenoid be taken out and cleaned? Also can you let me know where it's located on motor please
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Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 AT 4:55 AM
Tiny
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Hi:

I would recommend replacing it. Cleaning may or may not help. Once you see what is required to access it, you won't want to do it twice.

I attached the directions below. Take a look through them and let me know if you have questions.

Take care,

Joe

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 AT 8:05 PM

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