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Vtm-4 light comes on after 30 seconds of driving, and stays…

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Vtm-4 light comes on...

Vtm-4 light comes on after 30 seconds of driving, and stays on.

Mechanic's Assistant: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?

VTM-4

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Honda?

Honda Pilot, 2005

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Pilot yourself? What have you tried so far?

Am taking it to a respected mechanic. Have not tried to fix it myself.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

What are possible problems, and can I drive it to him safely. He is 15 miles from the house./

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Honda
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Mechanic for Honda: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago
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Good morning,

Normally the VTM-4 light doesn't come on by itself. It is usually accompanied by a check engine light as well. If you only have the VTM-4 light I would suspect something as simple as a bad VTM relay as the cause.

Do you have the check engine light on also?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
The check engine light came on prior to the VTM-4. The check engine light has been on for several weeks.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Give me a written response.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
How long will your written response take?
Mechanic for Honda: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

I'm sorry I hadn't had a response from you in over an hour so I left for a meeting.

The phone call response thing is automated- not generated by me.

I would probably start with having the computer scanned for trouble codes. If no power-train codes come up then I would replace the VTM relay and see if the light clears.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Can a non dealer mechanic scan for the trouble codes, or does it take a special program
Mechanic for Honda: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

Pretty much any shop can scan for codes. Even most auto parts stores will scan for codes for free.

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Mechanic for Honda: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

Please let me know if you need additional info.

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