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Speedo dropping to zero and digital mileage count display zeros

I have a Ford focus estate 1.6 zetec engine. The problem happens intermittently whilst driving. Can you tell me the exact location of the speedo sensor and give any help on how best to change it. Thank you

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  • sandraokeeff Jan 24, 2009

    The management light isn't coming on maybe because it only happens intermittently - a second or two at a time.

  • ataidefamily Feb 14, 2009

    Our 2003 Ford Focus 5 speed did not pass a smog check. It came up with the code of P0720 Output Speed Senor CKT Malfunction. Where is the output speed sensor on my car and can I change it?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    if it loses the signal 3 times in one drive cycle (approx 30 miles) the light will come on, the sensor is located on the outside of the transmssion case, change it at the risk of throwing away $30-50 if u guess and you are wrong, go to a Kragen auto and have a trouble code test run and see if there are any pending codes, a pendin code will not turn on the light.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    it is called a Vehicle Speed Sensor, if it where bad u would have a check/service engine soon light on in the dash, do u?

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It is most likely the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) It is located on top of the gearbox. I changed mine - it was a pain....It depends on how tight it sits. There is a pin securing it. I would let ford do the job....
If you decide to do it yourself prepare it with rust loosener - (WD40 is not good - it is a lubricant and not a rust loosener) several times in the days before the "operation". When you remove the old VSS take som fine sandpaper (grinding paper?) and use it in the hole where you fit the VSS. This makes it easier to pop it in.

It can also be the little wire that runs where the sparkplugs are located (Dont know the word for the location) The wire must be insulated so that sparks cant jump from sparkplugs to the wire.

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Speed sensor would usually cause hesitation aswell,could be the start of your clocks failing,you can get it plugged in to check this as it does have its own fault memory.

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