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1996 Nissan 200SX Speed Sensor

I had the speed sensor replaced on my 1996 Nissan 200SX SE. The check engine light came back on. I took it back to a different shop and they told me that the computer had not been clear out completely. They also stated that they could not find anything wrong with the speed sensor or the transmission itself. They did say if the light came back on, it might be an electrical problem. They cleared out the codes and about 2 weeks later the check engine light came back on. The car drives fine. I am not having any shifting problems. Has anyone had this problem? I know electrical work can be pretty expensive.

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  • laya1974 Nov 29, 2008

    I believe the code is P0500.

  • laya1974 Dec 02, 2008

    Thank you, hiseyj! This is really helpful! The speedometer on my dash seems to be working. I just have a few questions, please bear with me.



    1. Where is the speedometer head located? Would the dashboard need to be removed to locate it?

    2. Is there only one wire going to the ECM?

    3. What is included in the speedometer assembly?

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    my 1998 nissan check engine light is on was told it is code P0325 a knock sensor the car seems to be running fine what does the knock sensor really do should I worry about getting iy repaired right away

  • gbolt59 Dec 21, 2008

    my 1998 nissan check engine light is on was told it is code P0325 a knock sensor the car seems to be running fine what does the knock sensor really do should I worry about getting iy repaired right away

  • Jackson Hisey
    Jackson Hisey May 11, 2010

    Do you know what code is currently stored in the computer? This is a very helpful clue in determining what the actual problem could be.

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It is possible that this code can be caused by the speedometer head itself. The signal from the speed sensor is processed in the speedometer and then sent to the ECM. Check the two screws on the back of the speedometer to see if they are loose. If so retighten and drive to see if the check engine light comes back on. If they are tight, replace the speedometer assembly( I think you gave to purchase the entire meter assembly). If the light still comes on, which is unlikely, you will need to check the wire going to the ECM.

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  • Jackson Hisey
    Jackson Hisey Dec 02, 2008

    1. Where is the speedometer head located? Would the dashboard need to be removed to locate it? The speedometer head is the speedometer itself and it is located inside the combination meter unit. The combination meter is the group of meters all bundled together(speedo, fuel, RPMs, etc.) The dashboard does not have to be removed. There are a couple of screws that hold in the trim piece(bezel) around the combination meter. The screws are at the top of the bezel. Sometimes they have some screws hidden at the bottom of the bezel. Once you remove the bezel you will see the four screws holding in the combination meter unit. Remove the screws and gently pull out the meter assembly. Check the two screws at the back of the speedometer.
    2. Is there only one wire going to the ECM? I am going to have to get back to you on this, but I think so.
    3. What is included in the speedometer assembly? I hope my answer to 1. helped with this explanation.

  • jbsumner737 Jun 05, 2011

    Your looking directly at the problem. I had this too. After replacing the console with one out of a junkyard Sentra it never came back. The signal causing the problem goes through the speedometer.

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