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2005 forester 5 speed manual. How does the Speed sensor work - analouge or electronic? Why - a service ceter says they may have to remove the gear box to fix it? I would think a 2005 sensor would be electronic not a driven gear?

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  • blaqujaqu May 13, 2009

    stevenbbarto clarification request and Steve_baldam - thanks.

    Steve 'some makers'? - what about Subaru?



    I can see the speed sensor bolt and wire on the transmission. What I want to know is it a driven gear - tyhat is a cog on the drive train turning a little cog on the end of the sensor - if so then if the drive train gear is broken the gear box would have to come out so big $$$$$$$$.



    If it's an induction sensor then only the sensor (or wiring) can be brooken and so small $$.

    Is the mechanic taking me for an idiot?

  • stevenbbarto May 11, 2010

    Most likely is electric. very likely inside transmission. A lot of manufacturers now are going to all internal sensors. Why - more money.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    how do i go about pulling out a 5 speed manual gear box out

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You right but only in the fact it signals electronically. Some Makers are still using mechanical Road Speed Sensors inside the gera box.

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