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How do you remove a stuck speed sensor?

How do I remove a speed sensor that's stuck in the transmission of a Mercury Villager?

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  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    vehicle speed sensor is stuck and corroded into housing. Will not come out. Tried everything including manpower, and lots of PB Blaster and still won't do nothing... Don't want to take it to get fixed, cuz too much money

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    They are extremely hard to get out because the steel sensor housing corrodes to the aluminum trans case. You have to soak the base for a long time with penetrating oil.

    It is the top 1/4 inch of the sensor that corrodes as it has an o ring below that.

    Only a couple of things to do. File a flat spot on each side of the base and try to get vice grips on it, or get a dremmel tool and cut a **** in the trans case above where the o ring sits. This would be about a 1/4 inch **** from the speed sensor down.

    Do not try to pry with a vice grips on the electrcial part of sensor.

    Why do you need to replace it. They are pretty reliable.

    Only reason would be speedo or cruise control doesn't work.

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Very difficult. They corrode in place due to steel contacting aluminum.

Soak base with penetrating oil. Tap steel base on side with chisel to break it loose. Try to get vice grip on base and tap back and forth to twist it back and forth to free up. It takes a lot of effort and time.

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