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On 1995 Dodoge Stratus, where is the input sensor sensor & how do I test it? Trying to solve a going into limp mode after some time passing over rought tewrrian (i.e. rail road tracks). The solnoid pack has already been replaced & the Dodle dealer does not know what is wrong. I am wondering if it is the input sensor might be the problem becuase the speedoder is fine when in limp mode.

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  • len5 Jan 19, 2010

    Hello Jan
    The sensor I am talking about is the input speed sensor and how to test it. I personally think it is a loose wire problem but I am unbale to find a complete wiring diagram because the diagrams I find only show the wiring harness & not the indiviual wire connection. Do you have any thoughs on what else it could be? This seems to be a very common problem with no solution based on my searching.

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Input sensor? what input sensor? the Oxygen sensor? the Power steering pressure switch? the Throttle Position Sensor? the Vehicle Speed Sensor? the park/neutral position switch, there is alot of sensors in a car, and many of them require a input from you as a driver, so a "input sensor" is not enough information to help you, i am guessing you refer to the throttle position sensor? if so it is mounted on the throttle body, the left image is 4 cyl engine and the right one is v6 engine http://yfrog.com/5itpscj

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  • janman Jan 19, 2010

    if there is a problem with the speed sensor you would recive a Code 15 (odb2) during "road load condition" i.e driving, and the check engine light would come on,
    do you know any fault codes recently or currently on the car?
    as you probably noticed English is not my primary language so please ask if i dont make any sense


    The Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) is located on the transaxle
    near the left engine mount - manual transaxles only
    http://yfrog.com/5pvssj

    quote from the haynes repair manual:

    "The Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) is
    located on the transaxle near the left engine
    mount (see illustration). This sensor is a permanent
    magnetic variable reluctance sensor
    that produces a pulsing voltage whenever
    vehicle speed is over 3 mph. These pulses
    are translated by the PCM to determine vehicle
    speed, distance traveled and, on models
    equipped with cruise control, it governs the
    speed control servo.
    Note: To backprobe an electrical connector,
    use pins or paper clips inserted into the rear
    of the connector (or wire) to facilitate meter
    attachment. Be careful not to short the
    probes during this process.
    89 Raise the vehicle and support it securely
    on jackstands.
    90 First, check the VSS sensor supply voltage;
    place the transaxle in Neutral and turn
    the ignition key ON (engine OFF). Using a
    voltmeter, backprobe the orange/white wire
    (1995 models) or orange wire (all other models)
    (positive) and ground the other probe to
    the transaxle. There should be approximately
    8 volts present. If no voltage is indicated,
    check for a blown fuse and examine the wires
    for obvious damage. If the circuit looks OK,
    have the PCM checked out at your local
    dealer service department or other qualified
    repair shop.
    91 Next check the VSS sensor output voltage;
    backprobe the black/light blue wire
    (sensor ground) and the white/orange wire
    (VSS signal output - positive) at the sensor
    connector. The voltage should fluctuate
    between 0 and 8 volts. If supply voltage is
    detected but there is no signal voltage,
    replace the VSS sensor."

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