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Hello all, new here. Until maybe the last two months we have never had any issue with our 2011 Ody. Since that time, we have noticed a considerable amount of oil consumption and occasional puffs of blue smoke. Smoke is not on start up or heavy acceleration, just very random. I replaced the PCV valve and for a few weeks thought I had remedied the problem, but we have noticed the smoke again in the last couple days. I have been reading more and more about VCM issues with these engines as well as the piston ring recall. Being that the car is 2011, I'm sure we are just outside of the 8 year from original purchase period that Honda is honoring for this issue, meaning any repairs would surely rest solely on our shoulders.

So on to my question: would installing a muzzler fix the issue FROM THIS POINT ON? Or is the damage already done and ring job (or something else) would still need to be done anyways? Secondly, which muzzler would you recommend? I have seen Verbatim to be a popular choice.

Thanks in advance!
 

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You can hope muzzling it might save it, you might still get stuck with getting a ring job. Verbatim is good to deal with. Had his first series 1 on my old Ody. Then I upgraded to a different model because I towed and wanted to know exactly what the coolant temp was. Verbatim's new VCMuzzler II is much better. I ended up switching to the S-VCM. To each their own, but you can't go wrong with Verbatim!!! Contact him on the site via pm. You will save yourself the Ebay charges.
 

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I second Verbatim. I bought one from him about 5 months ago for our 2017. I muzzled it with 43,000 on the odo. It works great!

You might check in to a TSB or warranty on your 2011 depending on the miles you have. I thought there was some sort of extended warranty offered through Honda or there was a class action lawsuit pertaining to this very issue.
 

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Is Verbatim the same as VCM Tuner? Cannot locate the verbatim website...
Verbatim (who produces the VCMuzzler II) doesn't have a website, as far as I know. He sells through eBay or through forum contacts, which is the better way to go. If you send @verbatim a private message here on Odyclub, he'll respond to you pretty quickly. He tends to be very good about that.

The VCMTuner is produced by a different person.
 

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The guy selling the VCMTunerII is in California and cannot sell one in California...You have to have him send it to a friend in another state...
 

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I have been using the VCMTUNER II for almost 1 year and 15K miles. It works well and I appreciate that it allows for certain maintenance procedures and being alerted to overheating conditions as soon as they occur. I didn't know it couldn't be sold in CA though (I'm in IL so it wasn't an issue).
 

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I didn't know it couldn't be sold in CA though (I'm in IL so it wasn't an issue).
I believe the manufacturer is trying to go through CARB approval for it, which means he/they have to play by the rules. It could be considered a device that changes emissions... At least that's what I remember seeing when I was doing the research (California resident here...). It is easy enough to just remove the fuse on the SVCM device to disable it when needed that I wasn't worried about missing the g-sensor in the VCMTuner II.

-Charlie
 
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