How Does The Honda VTEC Work?

VTEC stands for Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control and it can be found most of the Honda brand's high-performance vehicles. It was introduced in the late 1980s and has since been used in models like the Honda Civic Type R, Honda Integra Type R, Honda S2000, Honda NSX, and many others. The VTEC basically helps the engine when its at a higher speed by varying oil pressure to shift between different cam profiles. The Honda VTEC is different than most variable valve-timing systems though. Here's how the Honda VTEC works.

Engines need at least three things to function, air, fuel, compression, and for gasoline-powered models, a spark. The VTEC deals with the air part. The air portion works with four strokes, intake, compression, power, and exhaust. VTEC optimizes the air strokes going through the engine. The more air your engine receives, the more gas it can contain and the faster you will go. VTEC-equipped engines include two rocker arms with low-profile cams for each cylinder and a central rocker arm that includes its own high-profile cam. These all work together to make your VTEC-equipped Honda vehicle make your drive exhilarating.

Ready To Find Your New Honda VTEC Vehicle?

If so, we encourage you to stop by our Paul Miller Honda of West Caldwell dealership. We have many current VTEC Honda models and would love to offer you a test drive in each. Feel the difference in the way the VTEC engines drive and ask our associates any questions about the VTEC engine that you may have.

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