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Lacks power The honda starts right up normally and has normal power. The civic has an aluminum aftermarket crankshaft pulley that I purchased off ebay. It is slightly smaller in circumference than the oem standard pulley. It also has a short ram air intake, and an aftermarket stage one racing clutch with a lighter flywheel. I also purchased a set of headers so there is not a catalytic converter on my civic. So it's not getting proper readings from the o2 sensors. Can you recommend what tests I could have done or do myself to find out if the timing has jumped, if sensors have been bad, or whatever the problem may be? The timing belt and water pump have also been replaced. Any advice will be greatly appreciated, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I also have another problem. When I accelerate heavily at small speeds or accelerate lightly at high speeds the motor shimmies. I think I may need new axles, but I'm not sure. Any advice on that problem would be greatly appreciated as well. It's a 2002 honda Civic LX 1.7L Manual transmission

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You listed all those things and did not say what the issue was except for the shimmy. With all the items that you have replaced, did you consider the harmonic balancer? You have changed some major wieght factors on the engine shafts. If you can now tell us what the other driveability issues are, that would be great.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

Testimonial: "I'm really sorry. I got ahead of myself and didn't even post what my car is doind. It starts normally and within five minutes it has absolutely no power, like it's only using have it's power if that then cuts off usually. I can cut it off and immediately restart it and it's at normal powe, but once again in 1-4 minutes it's lacks a lot of power then cuts off."

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    Chris Lambert Mar 24, 2014

    I'm really sorry. I got ahead of myself and didn't even post what my car is doind. It starts normally and within five minutes it has absolutely no power, like it's only using have it's power if that then cuts off usually. I can cut it off and immediately restart it and it's at normal powe, but once again in 1-4 minutes it's lacks a lot of power then cuts off.

  • Chris Lambert
    Chris Lambert Mar 24, 2014

    Is a harmonic balancer the same thing as a crankshaft pulley? Because when I look up a harmonic balancer on ebay it looks exactly like the crankshaft pulley I replaced.

  • Chris Lambert
    Chris Lambert Mar 24, 2014

    Yeah the crankshaft pulley and harmonic balancer are the same. So the harmonic balancer has been replaced. I'm thinking the cutting off due to lack of power has to do with the TDC sensor, but I'm not sure. As far as the shimming goes I think my axles may need to be replaced, but I'm not sure about that either. Any advice on these two problems would be great.

  • Brad Brown Mar 24, 2014

    Did you check the catalytic converter to see if it is plugging up?

  • Brad Brown Mar 24, 2014

    My bad I just saw that you dont have it installed. Are there any check engine lights that come on? This might be the crank or cam sensor.

  • Chris Lambert
    Chris Lambert Mar 28, 2014

    I changed the camshaft position sensor, also referred to as the top dead center sensor, today, and my cra is running fine now. I have a couple other problems to take care of now though.



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Try the crankshaft position sensor. I had the same problem with mine. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: Code error P1361 Honda CIvic LX 2002

P1361 TDC Sensor Intermittent Interruption (I got this from
TDC should mean Top Dead Center.
It is the sensor that tells the computer the #1 cylinder piston is at the very top. And therefore, fires the spark plug.

Since the maintenance done above, I believe the the timing marks for the timing belt is not lined up properly. Being off by one tooth will cause this problem.

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