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Q: Where Is the Oil Control Valve Typically Located?

A: The oil control valve is a crucial component in vehicles that use variable valve technology (VVT) because it regulates the supply of oil to a specific VVT hub. It either speeds up or slows down the timing by changing the position of the camshaft.

More often than not, you can find the oil control valve near the top of your vehicle’s engine block.

However, remember that every vehicle is built differently, so the exact place might vary. If it’s not by the engine block, your best bet would be to consult your owner’s manual for the oil control valve’s precise location.

Tips on How to Access the Oil Control Valve

Sometimes you might need to follow a few extra steps if you want to access your vehicle’s oil control valve, but all the information you need should be in the manual. Despite this, there are some steps you should always take before trying to access the oil control valve. For example, wear gloves to protect your fingers from chemicals, varnishes, and sludge.

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If the oil control valve is damaged, malfunctioning, or due for a replacement, the valve might have a lot of oily buildup that you should avoid touching with bare skin.

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