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2004 Honda Civic Base 4dr Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags

2004 Honda Civic
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
30 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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April 19, 2013, 9:36 am

Jonathan C

Question: Why is my Honda civic overheating and a bad TDC sensor

Hello, my car has been over heating for a while now and its starting to worry me, it happens in stop and go traffic or whenever i happen to have my a/c on on a hot day. the engine will not let the RPM pass around 2000 and the car wont exceed 20 MPH. when i finally park my car the visible part of the engine under the heat shiel is red hot and i have to leave it to cool, also my car throws upa P1361 code which is for the TDC sensor, could this cause my problems? or do i have more than one thing. my coolant is good, no leaks, my thermostat is tested and working and also when the engine is red hot the temp gauge is right below the middle like always. this is a 2002 honda civic LX 1.7L

April 20, 2013, 9:59 pm

Ron W
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P1361 - Intermittent Interruption In TDC 1 Sensor Circuit

This could definitely cause the low RPM issue, but probably not the overheating.

You should have a shop check the cooling system operation (and the fan) so see what is causing the overheat concern, before the engine is damaged.

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