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    Default 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    So I found this letter today when I got home to TO (I go to school in London). It was sent in April 2012 apparently.

    Has anyone else received this letter?



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    hmmmm not me yet....I also notice you have a Skyactiv too...gonna watch my mailbox over the next few days and let ya know. Meanwhile I"m gonna call the dealership and ask them about it.
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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    this is something that the dealer should have done prior to the vehicle sale. this came out in january, i think it was the 21st, and for every skyactive sold they were told to inspect if the pcm update was available. some did have it and some did not. unless they have added more vehicles to the update since then, it takes about an hour. just call your servicing dealer and ask them to book you the appt for the recall.

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    Quote Originally Posted by Booter22 View Post
    this is something that the dealer should have done prior to the vehicle sale. this came out in january, i think it was the 21st, and for every skyactive sold they were told to inspect if the pcm update was available. some did have it and some did not. unless they have added more vehicles to the update since then, it takes about an hour. just call your servicing dealer and ask them to book you the appt for the recall.
    My dealership still doesn't have the software.....what determines whether you get the VVT actuator replaced or not?

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    Replace the VVT actuator only if DTC P0012:00 is stored in the PCM memory and with reduced acceleration performance.
    your dealer doesn't need to wait for a disc from mazda... their computer system can automatically download the newest ECU update from the internet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug View Post
    My dealership still doesn't have the software.....what determines whether you get the VVT actuator replaced or not?
    exactly what Theman said, it can be downloaded if they do not have the Disc, mind you they should by now..

    Category
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    Applicable Models
    2012 MAZDA3
    W/2.0L DIRECT
    INJECTION
    ENGINE
    Subject
    VARIABLE VALVE TIMING
    SYSTEM EMISSION RECALL
    CAMPAIGN 6511K
    Bulletin No. 12-11
    Issued Apr 17/12
    Revised
    CONDITION OF CONCERN
    On certain 2012 Mazda3 vehicles equipped with 2.0L direct injection engines, inappropriate
    programming of the powertrain control module (PCM) may cause a malfunction in the variable
    valve timing (VVT) system, and a malfunction indicator light (MIL) may illuminate with DTC
    P0012:00 stored in the PCM memory when starting a warm engine. It will be possible to start
    the engine and drive the vehicle, but with reduced acceleration performance.
    Dealers are instructed to reprogram the PCM as described in the attached repair procedure, to
    prevent the above condition. If a subject vehicle is brought into dealer with malfunction indicator
    light (MIL) illuminating with DTC P0012:00 stored in the PCM memory, and with reduced
    acceleration performance, replace the variable valve timing (VVT) actuator (P/N PE01-12-4X0B)
    with a new one before PCM reprogramming.

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    Does this only affect 2.0 and Skyactive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booter22 View Post
    this is something that the dealer should have done prior to the vehicle sale. this came out in january, i think it was the 21st, and for every skyactive sold they were told to inspect if the pcm update was available. some did have it and some did not. unless they have added more vehicles to the update since then, it takes about an hour. just call your servicing dealer and ask them to book you the appt for the recall.
    Thanks Boot, gonna call em up tomorrow am for sure

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    My local dealership wasn't even aware of the recall. I informed them of it and they're going to get it fixed this Wednesday. I'll see how things go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogata View Post
    Does this only affect 2.0 and Skyactive?
    only skyactiv
    the 2.0 has no direct injection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by awagawa View Post
    My local dealership wasn't even aware of the recall. I informed them of it and they're going to get it fixed this Wednesday. I'll see how things go.
    Got this in the mail today too. Doesn't sound too serious though
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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    safety wise? no... but great inconvenience? yes.... if you drive around with the old ECU flash, it has the potential of causing the VVT actuator to be permanently stuck... so it's done for once it's stuck and needs replacement... that means your car spending a day or more at the dealership

    getting it taken cared of now while the "CEL" hasn't turned on is a better idea... a new ECU flash done in 30 minutes to an hour, tops... and you're on your way!

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    Went to the dealership this morning. The PCM update took them less than 30 min.

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    There should be NO reason a dealership doesn't have a clue as to what is going on.
    Like others have posted, this "recall" was issued back in January.
    "shakes head"..

    It isn't anything majorly serious, but the sooner the better.
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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    Anyone know if this is coming for the newer skyactivs?

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    issue has already been corrected at the assembly line after november 2, 2011

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    Car would have gotten it done before car was sold for cars that were bought before November.

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    I just got the phone call from my dealership 10 minutes ago... I don't know much about cars so I thought i'd google it.

    From what she told me, the recall just means it has potential of stalling when idling too long...

    I'm going in for my 24,000 check up this saturday and getting that computer thing done too for the recall... Lets see how long it takes!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by samanthastyle View Post
    I just got the phone call from my dealership 10 minutes ago... I don't know much about cars so I thought i'd google it.

    From what she told me, the recall just means it has potential of stalling when idling too long...

    I'm going in for my 24,000 check up this saturday and getting that computer thing done too for the recall... Lets see how long it takes!! lol
    the recall this is for and what they called you about is a software update.. and it says in the bulletin that the vehicle is effected after 30+ minutes of idle time.. which i hope no one on the forum does..

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    Makes sense.

    I did notice a bit of lagging "chugging" on the highway (stopped traffic) the other day when I was breaking. It was almost like a jerking feeling - not sure if this has anything to do the recall though?

    Quote Originally Posted by Booter22 View Post
    the recall this is for and what they called you about is a software update.. and it says in the bulletin that the vehicle is effected after 30+ minutes of idle time.. which i hope no one on the forum does..

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    Default Re: 2012 Variable Valve Timing System Emission Recall Campaign

    I just called my dealership and my 2012 GS sky qualified for the update. They asked me how I know about it, I said the Mazda3 form. Thanks guys!

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