# Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, doesn't continue once the engine is running, and doesn't happen if I shut the engine off and start it again a few minutes later.

A little background:

The car has 92,000 miles on it. I've noticed that it burns oil pretty quickly, so I keep an eye on it and make sure to add more if needed. Most recently, I got an oil change with a high mileage synthetic, but that has not solved the issue.

Does anyone know what this could be? Is it a big deal? I'm obviously worried about damaging the engine. Is this a major thing? Or is it something I can live with, provided I don't mind the frightening noise that occurs on startup.

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!

• Manual or automatic? – Mike Saull May 16 '13 at 15:53
• Automatic transmission. – Shadowman May 17 '13 at 13:15

I have a Honda accord 2008, I notice the grinding nose at initial start, after car was sits for a few hours, cold weather or hot, still makes the grinding noise as engine starts up for a couple of seconds but not all the times. I agree with the previous answer of " slow disengagement of the motor starter" I went to few Honda dealers in orange county CA, they all said; haven't heard of this problem before. I was recommended to leave the car for over night for a diagnostic checkup but because of the inconvenience and $100+ charges I haven't done it yet. On the issue of oil consuming, it's a recall. I took to the dealer and the problem was fixed. • Any idea of slow disengagement of the motor starter is a serious thing? Or is this something I can live with? – Shadowman Sep 26 '13 at 17:39 What you are hearing is a defective VTC actuator, which in part controls the oil pressure. It is defective in 10"s of thousands of Honda 4 cylinder engines built between 08 and 13. It is mentioned in Honda TSB 09-010. Honda will not fix this problem. The cars with this issue are worth very little in trade, and the defect may eventually lead to engine failure • Ugh. Wonderful. What can be done about it? And (roughly) how expensive is it to fix? – Shadowman Jan 13 '16 at 15:30 • The repair is less than$500, I don't see these cars being devalued any more than that (unless a catastrophic failure has already occurred). – kmarsh Jan 13 '16 at 20:24