Vehicle Speed Sensor location `96 Avenger

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Harleyb, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. Harleyb

    Harleyb Guest


    `96 Dodge Avenger, 2.5L V6

    The Check Engine light came on, speedodometer not working and tranny
    doesn't get out of 2nd, so we checked the codes and it says the VSS
    needs to be replaced.

    We were misled and replaced what was probably a good input speed sensor,
    which didn't solve the problem.

    Went back to the dealer, bought the correct VSS this time, but can't
    find where to install the $&$^&*%!%&! thing.

    The Haynes book we have doesn't show this particular sensor, just the
    input/output sensors, near the tranny range sensor.

    We logged into the ALLDATADIY site and found a small diagram that seems
    to show this thing is on the side of the tranny housing closest to the
    firewall. The dealer's computer has no diagram, either.

    After removing the air cleaner and hose, the battery and mounting
    bracket, we still can't see where this thing lives.

    I can't believe this is so well hidden and difficult. Any advice or
    pointers will be appreciated! Time is of the essence on this, as SPring
    Break starts tomorrow.

    You can reply to the e-mail adress to speed things up.


    Harleyb, Apr 9, 2004
  2. Harleyb

    Harleyb Guest


    There is a tear drop shaped flange, with a bolt hole, that goes around
    the body of this sensor. Female connector at one end; square spindle at
    the other, which apparently transmits the turns from the transaxle (or
    whatever) to the power train computer.


    Harleyb, Apr 9, 2004
  3. Huh-uh. Not on this car, not with that engine.

    The VSS function is handled by the transmission's output speed sensor. The
    stick-shift cars had separate VSS units. When you get a VSS code, that
    doesn't necessarily mean a bad sensor. It can also mean bad wiring or a
    faulty connection in the circuit.

    And throw your Haynes manual away before you hurt yourself and/or damage
    your car.

    Daniel J. Stern, Apr 9, 2004
  4. Harleyb

    Harleyb Guest


    Thanks for the heads up on the Haybes<g>.

    I guess it's back to the dealer for an output sensor. They said it was
    the input sensor that went bad most of the time.


    Harleyb, Apr 9, 2004
  5. And throw your Haynes manual away before you hurt yourself and/or damage

    Thank You Daniel, well said. I have been saying the same thing for
    years, but that is a way to say it that will be remembered.
    Richard Benner Jr, Apr 10, 2004
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