P1359 Honda 1.6L – Replace your Civic Crankshaft Sensor

This P1359 Honda trouble code can be problematic for many owners when they first discover that their check engine light is on. There can be a couple of reasons why owners get confused for this trouble code, but the most obvious reason is that people mix up the Honda crankshaft position sensor with the crankshaft fluctuation sensor. Your Civic uses two references to determine engine position and current engine speed, one is mounted to the front of your D16 oil pump and reads the high and low teeth on your crank gear.

This is known as the crankshaft fluctuation sensor for your Honda, and if you need to test that part, you can check the guide located here. The crankshaft sensor that the P1359 Honda code refers to is the one internal to your ignition distributor. The specific wording for this check engine trouble code is Crankshaft position / Top Dead Center / Cylinder Position Sensor ( CKP/TDC/CYS ) Failure, and it’s typically a fatal error.

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The ignition distributor not only uses the ignition cap and rotor to deliver perfectly timed spark events to operate your 1.6 liter Honda engine, but it also uses an internal crankshaft position sensor. This sensor going bad usually means your Civic won’t start, and thus makes the P1359 Honda code very difficult to troubleshoot.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to connect a OBDII scan tool to your Honda Civic and determine what the specifically stored OBDII DTC trouble code is. I’ll be showing you how to test your Honda Civic’s crankshaft sensor in a 1997 OBDII Honda Civic EX. Even though we are showing you how to test this part on a 97, this testing procedure is the same from 1996-2000 year ranges.

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If you do in fact find that the stored code is P1359, the first order of business is to identify and test your Honda ECU. Do not replace your Honda ECU as the first order of business, as you may lose vital information stored on your current computer. Attempt to start the car and if your engine does not start, try to replace your distributor first to see if this solves your issue.

The Honda ignition distributor shown above is the TD63 unit that’s very common. If you can’t find this exact offshore replacement model, you can go straight to the dealership for part number 30105-P2T-004 or 30105-P2E-A12. If your local Honda or Acura dealership does not have this part available or in stock, go offshore with part numbers TD-73U or TD 68-U.

Held to the cylinder head by three 12mm bolts, unplug and replace the distributor to see if the crankshaft sensor inside has failed. By replacing the distributor you are effectively replacing the crank sensor, which should eliminate one of the possible culprits.

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If you replace your ignition distributor and your Civic still does not start, the next step is to switch your ECU in hopes that something has gone bad internal to the computer. When replacing your ECU, make sure that the three digit identifying code is the same between your old ECU and your new unit.

Once you have the problem part replaced, make sure to put back the part that was okay, either the distributor or ECU and set your ignition timing before starting your car again. Clear any existing stored codes from your ECU and then start the Civic to see if your P1359 Honda issue has been resolved.

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