Couple of things to clarify first as that can help figure this out. If you have the A/C off, does this happen at all?
You said that the power will pick up when the A/C is off but if you leave it off, does the vehicle drive normally?
Also, has this done this the entire time you have owned it?
Next when this VVT solenoid spins, can you get a video of this so that I am sure I understand what you are seeing?
I am including a bunch of info that you may not need by the sound of what you have done so far. However, it is all great info and it may trigger something with you that will fix it.
As for what I understand you are removing the solenoid but I just want to understand the plastic part you are seeing spin.
Take a look below and let me know if this is what you are seeing. This is the replacement process for this just to be sure we are seeing the same thing.
Let us know this info and we can go from there. Thanks
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 AT 1:56 PM