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2003 Honda crv with codes p1259, p0341 & p1456 - need advice


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catapult
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Apr 3, 2013, 5:12 PM

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2003 Honda CRV AWD - 4 cyl, 111,400 miles. Purchased this vehicle in early Jan 2013 (Super Storm Sandy replacement vehicle) Yellow check engine light came on this past Sunday.
Got codes from Autozone P1456, P1259 & P0341. Immediately brought car to my mechanic Monday morning told him to go through it entirely and to let me know what it needed. Three hours later my mechanic advised that the engine barely had one quart of oil in it (engine oil light was not, nor has ever been on since I had car for 3 months). Timing chain had slack in it and needed to be replaced, Valve cover gasket was leaking and oil sending unit was leaking (I was not seeing any oil in driveway). In addition the VTEC, Water pump and the right and left lower control arm bushings needed to be replaced as well as the gas cap (seal cracked on original). Is $1450 too much for all this work? I am at a loss as the vehicle seemed to be running fine ... I was anticipating having to put some money into it because I did get it for a good price (7300) and I figured the 100,000 maintenance was not done. Just want to make sure my mechanics pricing in on point. I live in Staten Island, NY - mechanics average about 80 an hour. Any advice/comments appreciated ..thanks


Discretesignals
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Apr 3, 2013, 5:30 PM

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P1456 is an EVAP leak code. Could have been set by a gas cap that was loose.

P1259 VTEC system malfunction and the P0341 VTC phase gap. Both them codes could have appeared because of the oil level being low. It is also important the correct oil viscosity is used.

Did the mechanic change the oil and clear the codes to see if they came back?

That would be a lot of money out of your pocket if the whole problem with the VTC and VTEC system was being caused by the low oil level. Both system's hydraulics are fed by the engine oiling system.

You could always get a second opinion.





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catapult
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Apr 3, 2013, 6:16 PM

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Thank-you ... Mechanic said the timing chain was loose, skipping a gear tooth periodically and probably damaged from driving the car with low engine oil. He did change the oil and codes came back. One other thing he mentioned that is concerning me is that the low oil situation may have started to damage the cam in port 1 & 3...said this was most likely caught in the nick of time. He completed the work and I have to keep an eye on the oil to make sure it is not burning oil. He told me to come by in a week to get the scan done again and check to make sure there are no outstanding codes just to be sure. The car is idling very smoothly and has good power. I was planning on keeping this car as I know the CRV's are very reliable and can last in excess of 250k miles if properly maintained. Any advice on type of oil to use in the future? Things to keep an eye out for? One thing I don't understand is how come my dashboard oil light did not come on? The yellow light usually does not mean your engine is about to seize... it is a heads up that the vehicle requires maintenance. Thank.


(This post was edited by catapult on Apr 3, 2013, 6:32 PM)


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Apr 3, 2013, 6:33 PM

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Well, if the cam journals are damaged because of lack of lubrication that could mean there is damage to other bearings inside the engine.

That makes you wonder if you should spend all the money on chains and getting the VTC and VTEC system back to normal if the engine is going to have some major mechanical problems later on, but I am sure your mechanic told you that. Maybe that is why he wants you to roll back in the shop for a follow up to see how everything is going. Maybe you got lucky with that part.

5W-20 of any type of major brand oil as long as it meets or exceeds the GF-4 standard will work. If you wanna go to a synthetic oil, that is fine too. As long as you change the oil at the recommended intervals and the PCV system is operating, you shouldn't have to worry about sludge.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Apr 3, 2013, 6:59 PM)


catapult
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Apr 3, 2013, 6:55 PM

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Thanks Appreciate the help!






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