Engine-Codes - Generic - P1253

P1253 - VTEC System Malfunction

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3  What is this?
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P1253 Possible Causes

  • Engine oil level low
  • Low engine oil pressure
  • Blocked oil passage
  • Faulty VCT oil control valve

How is the P1253 code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

What is the cost to diagnose the P1253 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P1253 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary widely across the country, and even within the same city. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

P1253 Meaning

The VTEC system, in conjunction with the Engine Control Module (ECM), activates the VTEC solenoid valve to control oil pressure to the VTEC mechanism that is installed in the valve system to switch valve timing between Low and High. If the VTEC solenoid valve has an open or short circuit, a DTC is stored.

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