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to change the sensor you can get to it from the bottom at the rear of the engine.there is a heat shield at the collector pipe that you will need to remove for access. it's impossible to get a good view so get a small mirror and flashlight. it is right behind the exhaust collector and it only has one 10mm bolt. you need to be somewhat of a contortionist to get it but with a little patience you can get it out without removing the exhaust pipe like it is recommended.

A better alternative to the above procedure is to go in from the passenger side in the wheel well. Because anytime you have to play with exhaust bolts more than likely after all this time these bolts are either rusted or welded in place and you end up braking them. Procedure works better if there is a vehicle hoist, but a jack and jack stands work too. Procedure is as follows:

1) loosen right front (passenger side) wheel

2) Raise front of vehicle as high as you can and place jack stands under sub frame of vehicle.

3) Remove tire and wheel asseembly.

4) Place jack under engine assembly on right side of vehicle

5) Start removing motor mount.

a) Remove 8mm bolt holding fluid lines in place.

b) Remove 18mm nut on bottom of engine mount and sub frame .

c) Remove two motor mount bolts

6) jack engine up about 1/2 inch to an inch to be able to lift engine mount out of place.

7) Remove engine mount bracket from engine

a) remove three 13mm bolts from bottom side of bracket to engine

b) remove one 13mm bolt from engine bracket side

c) remove one 13mm bolt from top of engine bracket and remove bracket.

***Now you have a clear shot at the VSS ****

8) Remove insulation piece of foam from cable area.

9) Carefully disconnect the VSS from the cable.

****Next step optional makes everything easier but adds an extra step****

10) Remove the two 8mm bolts holding the speedometer cap in place.

11) Remove the speedometer cap and VSS together.

12) Unbolt 8mm bolt holding VSS to speedometer cap and remove VSS.

13) Remove speedometer gear from VSS by removing U clip and place on new VSS.

14) Bolt VSS back onto Speedometer cap.

15) Replace speedometer cap on to transmission.

16) Reverse steps 1 to 9 to finish install.

Total time for somebody who knows what their doing 1.6 hrs. For backyard mechanic allow double so 3.2 hrs to complete. This procedure is a lot easier because you can see what you are working on and have plenty of room for your hands.

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