The national average cost for vehicle speed sensor replacement is $85

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What is a vehicle speed sensor and how does it work?

A vehicle speed sensor, or VSS, is a device that measures the output speed of your vehicle’s transmission or transaxle. Typically mounted to the transmission, the vehicle speed sensor determines how fast your vehicle is traveling and sends the data to the ECM, the engine control module (PCM on some models), to modify engine functions such as ignition timing, air/fuel ratio, and diagnostic routines. It also serves to control transmission shift points. The vehicle speed sensor does its job by sensing the number of rotations of a specific part inside the transmission that ultimately connects to the drive wheels of your vehicle. This sensor even enables your speedometer to work.

Signs that a vehicle speed sensor (VSS) needs to be replaced

The first sign that a vehicle speed sensor is not working correctly is often a faulty speedometer, whether the problem occurs intermittently or a complete loss of function. Other signs that your vehicle speed sensor is malfunctioning may be

Your transmission shifts hard or rough, or it seems to shift later than it should

You notice a hesitation upon acceleration

The cruise control does not work properly

A traction control or anti-lock brake warning light comes on

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How is a Vehicle Speed Sensor Replacement done?

Because the vehicle speed sensor is located on the transmission, a technician will need to lift and support your vehicle to gain access to the component. In addition, the following procedures are usually followed

  • Remove shields, splash guards, or other items that might prevent access to the vehicle speed sensor
  • Disconnect the vehicle battery after installing a computer memory-saving device
  • Detach the wiring harness connector from the sensor
  • Remove the retaining bolt or screw and unseat the sensor
  • Install the new sensor and o-ring
  • Replace all components and top off the transmission fluid as necessary
  • Test drive your vehicle to verify the repair

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