Loud Rattle Type Noise from Engine After Cold Start on Acura TSX

A loud rattle type noise may be noted from the engine after a cold start. This can be caused by a faulty valve timing control actuator. Replacing the failed actuator will commonly correct this noise issue.

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Average mileage: 91,283 (15,800–265,000)
Engine affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder
9 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
47 people reported this problem
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2009 Acura TSX 108,000 mi,
after start car makes a noise for a couple seconds then go away
2009 Acura TSX 89,000 mi,
Started making rattling noise upon starting car. Now is happening everytime I start my car.
2009 Acura TSX 71,000 mi,
Same issue...horrific noise made at cold start. Need to take it in. Wanted to check here first.
2009 Acura TSX 63,500 mi,
A loud rattle type noise may be noted from the engine after a cold start.
2011 Acura TSX - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 36,000 mi,
Loud grinding, plasticky rattle from engine on cold start
2006 Acura TSX 80,000 mi,
loud rattle for a few seconds in the morning near the engine cover . usually doesn't do it again until it is cold.
2009 Acura TSX 63,126 mi,
On first startup, rattle noise heard from engine bay, once in a blue moon but annoying.
2010 Acura TSX - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 85,000 mi,
Same issue, rattle on cold start...
2008 Acura TSX 125,000 mi,
Loud succession of rattling sounds immediately after cold start. Lasts maybe 2-3 seconds. Goes away after car warmed up which makes it impossible to show someone unless they hold the car overnight.
2004 Acura TSX 265,000 mi,
At 35-45 mph I get a shudder as if I am going over rumble strips, the dealer recommend a new transmission $3200.00, I think not. For the cold start rattle they suggested replacing the timing chain because I have an oil leak, $542.00, more doable than a transmission. I will be looking for a certified pre-owned real soon!
2005 Acura TSX 73,500 mi,
Same issue
2004 Acura TSX 200,000 mi,
rattle noise on cold start up for 5 second and then goes away
2009 Acura TSX 108,000 mi,
when i leave my car for 2 hours or soo it makes this rattling sounf then it goes away and when i leave my car for like 20 mins it doesnt happen again
2004 Acura TSX 120,000 mi,
Loud rattling when cranking car only when it's cold
2009 Acura TSX 120,485 mi,
Replaced variable timing solenoid and clean two oil screen and changed motor oil 5w30 still rattle and cut off
2011 Acura TSX 70,000 mi,
Cold start 2sec. Engine noise.
2010 Acura TSX 52,000 mi,
Ioud rattling noise for a couple of seconds on cold start
2007 Acura TSX 170,000 mi,
Loud rattle noise when cold start. Only happens on the first start and usually last leas then 5 seconds.
2010 Acura TSX - 2.4L 4 Cylinder 38,000 mi,
As described - loud rattling noise upon cold start. Not yet repaired.
2009 Acura TSX 25,000 mi,
My 2009 TSX has an intermittent rattle or ping when accelerating. It doesn't seem to matter if at low or higher speed. Took it to the dealer a couple of times when first noticed and they said they could not duplicate the issue while test driving it. It's been a couple of years, so I will check with them again.