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What could be wrong if the speedometer stopped working and the transmission will not shift?


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2011-11-03 01:38:22
2011-11-03 01:38:22

It sounds like the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) has failed. If the VSS fails, it can cause the symptoms you are describing. Check the wiring and make sure your VSS is properly plugged in before you replace the VSS. Where the VSS is located can vary depending on Make Model and Year. Check your vehicles Service Manual (Available from auto parts stores, commonly referred to as a "Chiltons Manual" or "Haynes Manual". ALLDATADIY is another good source) for more information.

Some vehicles do not have a Vehicle Speed Sensor, a common example would be a Generation 3 Ford Taurus SHO. The SHO uses the ABS wheel sensors to generate a signal to the computer to calculate speed. If this is the case with your vehicle, it is recommended you take your vehicle to reputable shop for servicing, as the ABS system is a complex and important safety system for your vehicles safe operation.


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according to the owners manual this could be related to a problem with the ABS. I have the same problem and am looking for a diy solution. also from the owners manual the ABS controls the transmission , and my transmission is shifting roughly, which is what I noticed before I noticed that the speedometer wasn't working.

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Could be your speed sensor on your transmission

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There are a few reasons that could cause the speedometer to stop working on your Toyota Camry. If the mileage is still working then the speedometer cable end is damaged. If both the odometer and speedometer do not work then the cable is most likely broken.

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I am not sure if the 1999 is a magnetic pickup but my 2000 or late 1999 uses a magnetic pickup that screws into the side of the transmission. It has a wire plug that unplugs from it and they you can unscrew it from the side of the transmission. When my speedometer quit working it also cause the transmission not to shift correctly. I unscrewed the magnetic pickup and it was covered with iron filing which I removed with a clean cloth. When I screwed the old pickup back in the transmission I made sure it was not in far enough to rub on the gear teeth that rotate by it. The speedometer and the transmission worked fine after removing the iron filings from the end of the pickup.

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