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96 merc sable

After driving 20mins the speedometer needle drops to pin and bounces and transmission slips

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  • frank32342 Dec 11, 2008

    when i drive on the expressway my speedometer needle starts movin like crazy and the RPM goes to 5 and a push the gas but no accerleration

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It's the Vehicle Speed Sensor

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When u drive and it does this, turn on the vents or the air to let the fans move and if it starts runnin good again, u have a clogged radiator take to a shop and get filtered

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