Engine Honda J35A

Honda J35A engine

Honda’s J35A 3.5-liter V6 engine was produced at a facility in the United States from 1998 to 2012 and was installed on a number of major models of the concern, including cars under the Acura brand. It was the modification of this unit that was the first to receive the VCM cylinder deactivation system.

In 1998, based on the J32 engine, Honda minders developed a new 3.5-liter J35A engine. It was based on a 235mm high V-block with six cylinders. The block had a forged crankshaft with a piston stroke of 93 mm and its compression height of 30 mm. The cylinder diameter was 89 mm. In addition, lightweight connecting rods with a length of 158.5 mm were present in the design. Also, in the design of the J35A engine, one can note the presence of only one camshaft (SOHC) in the cylinder head with 4 valves per cylinder and a system for changing valve timing and VTEC valve lift.

The J-series also includes internal combustion engines: J25A, J30A, J32A and J37A.

The engine was installed on:

  • Acura MDX 1 (YD1) in 2000 – 2006;
  • Acura RL 2 (KB) in 2004 – 2008;
  • Acura TL 3 (UA6) in 2007 – 2008;
  • Honda Legend 4 (KB) in 2004 – 2008;
  • Honda Odyssey 2 USA (RL) in 1998 – 2004;
  • Honda Odyssey 3 USA (RL3) in 2004 – 2010;
  • Honda Pilot 1 (YF) in 2002 – 2008;
  • Honda Ridgeline 1 (YK) in 2004 – 2008.


Production years 1998-2012
Displacement, cc 3471
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 210 (J35A1)
240 – 265 (J35A3, J35A4, J35A5, J35A6, J35A9)
245 (J35A7 with VCM)
285 (J35A8)
Torque output, Nm 310 (J35A1)
330 – 340 (J35A3, J35A4, J35A5, J35A6, J35A9)
325 (J35A7 with VCM)
350 (J35A8)
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Piston stroke, mm 93
Compression ratio 9.4 (J35A1)
10.0 (J35A3, J35A4, J35A5, J35A6, J35A9)
10.0 (J35A7 with VCM)
11.0 (J35A8)
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator VTEC
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Honda Pilot 2004)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~375 000
Weight, kg 205

Disadvantages of the Honda J35A engine

  • Engine versions equipped with VCM are notorious for oil leaks from system gaskets;
  • A drop in the lubrication level here very quickly leads to wear of the camshaft cams;
  • The engine speed at idle floats due to contamination of the throttle or injectors;
  • Monitor the condition of the timing belt, it runs 90,000 km, and when it breaks, the valve bends;
  • The cause of unstable engine operation is often misadjusted valves.

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