Variable Camshaft Timing 
2017 Update Class

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Variable Camshaft Timing:

What is the purpose of variable camshaft timing or should I say variable valve timing "VVT."

variable camshaft timing / variable valve timing

variable valve timing (VVT) changes the timing or valve lift, in most cases its used for improved engine performance which is very popular on Honda's.

Variable Vavle timing also improves emissions as we wil discuss later.

 They are controlled with mechanical devices to electro-hydraulic systems.

With the strict emissions regulations variable valve timing as become very popular with manufacturers

Variable Valve Timing

- Increased volumetric efficiency 

- Replaces the EGR system on some models by increasing valve overlap

- Increase timing and Power

The variable valve timing achieves the desired cam / crank relationship, and if it's not functioning correctly, there will be an increase in emissions.

Manufacturer's use the concept of increasing valve overlap, holding the exhaust valve open longer will help lower Nox.

Remember the VCT or V V T replaces the EGR on some vehicles, and if it's not working NOx emissions could increase.


The oil change is very important when we talk about variable camshaft timing.

Oil pressure is used to activate the timing actuator using a spool valve.


If the oil passage to the spool valve is restricted the vehicle will have a performance problem and or high emissions

i have seen cases when the vehicle

would have a misfire above idle speeds cause by a lack of oil to the actual


This is why oil level is important along with oil pressure, oil viscosity, and oil temperature.

The PCM "Powertrain Control Module, " uses the CMP and CKP signals for proper camshaft timing.


If timing isn't achieved the PCM "Power Train Control Module" will set a code and the check engine light for an incorrect position.

One of the most common problems I have seen was a dirty or plugged actuator screen.

This is usually caused by low oil or lack of maintenance or dirty oil.

It's important to remember oil pressure changes the relationship of the camshaft gear to the camshaft.

When this relationship is out of tolerance, you will get a camshaft error code.

If this occurs check the oil condition for lack of maintenance, plugged or dirty actuator screen restricting oil flow.

Timing chain or belt problem causing erratic readings will cause cam / crank relationship problems

Also, don't forget to test the actuator it could just be defective.

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