where is the VCT oil control valve and is it easy to replace? on 1996 Honda Accord

my engine check light on. i ran a test and received a P1253 code. it says VTEC system malfunction. possible causes: low/oil pressure, blocked oil passage, failed VCT oil control valve. by replacing the valve, will this correct the problem?

by in Ashburn, VA on March 15, 2011
3 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on March 15, 2011
Only way to know if would fix would be to replace and see if you are not doing the step by step diag for that code.
COMMENT by on March 22, 2011
I found the problem. After replacing my distributor and cleaning several wires/connectors, i forgot to connect VTEC solenoid wire properly. Thanks for your help.
ANSWER by on March 15, 2011
If my memory serves me correctly -- have you changed the engine oil and filter lately? Old oil and a filter restricting flow could cause the code you received. Try the oil change prior to doing any further diagnosis.
COMMENT by on March 22, 2011
I found the problem. After replacing my distributor and cleaning several wires/connectors, i forgot to connect VTEC solenoid wire properly. Thanks for your help.
ANSWER by on March 15, 2011
I think there is a small screen between the valve and head that can be cleaned if there is debris in it. Had one in ages ago another shop did a head gasket surfaced the head never cleaned the head properly and swarf plugged up the screen. Dave is right on about oil and filter change first. seen codes for Vtec set when oil level was low.
COMMENT by on March 22, 2011
I found the problem. After replacing my distributor and cleaning several wires/connectors, i forgot to connect VTEC solenoid wire properly. Thanks for your help.
COMMENT by on March 22, 2011
So please from now on let us know what previous work you had done to vehicle just before experiencing problem. Great that you found problem.

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