My 02 Civic LX recently started going into Limp Mode and throwing the P1361 code. I replaced the camshaft position sensor, cleaned the plug/wiring and the code came back. The car has 190,000 miles and it seems reasonable to me that camshaft endplay exceeds the max Limit of 0.020″ or 0.5mm. There was a service bulletin on the 2001 for this problem happening prematurely (https://f01.justanswer.com/clmcr8/8dd41a70-e85a-4674-a733-2c6b85b3ee40_camendplay.pdf). Honda’s recommended fix was to replace the cylinder head which strikes me as an excessively involved and expensive solution. If I go that route, I will likely do a bunch of “While you’re in there, you should…” jobs including head gasket, timing belt, water pump, oil pump etc. First, I would like to simply adjust the camshaft endplay. Despite extensive research, I have not found any evidence of anyone trying this. And the only argument against this fix is a vague reference to Honda’s “floating camshaft design” which would presumably mean the cam cannot be adjusted. My question then is, how would you do this if you were going to try?
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