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Hello, I have a 96 tercel with a 4sp man. I recently replaced the speedo cable to fix a MIL on due to VSS code. The cable had been broken for some time. After in stalling the new cable I still have the VSS code, even after multiple battery disconnects etc. The Vss wire to the ECU pulses about .07 to 4.5 when I tested it. What have I missed?

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  • j1il01 Jul 31, 2010

    The VSS on this car is in the speedo. I tested the wire to the ecm and it is around .07 to 4.5 v when I move the car. However, the ecm can't seem to see the sensor since it was not moving due to a broken speedo cable for so long a time. I guess I am wanting to know if the voltage range needs to be 0 to 5 v or if it never actually reads zero. Also could the speedo cable being disconnected so long have damaged the ecu? Scan tool resets and extended batt disconnects don't reset it, it comes back after about 100 miles or so every time Thanks for all the help

  • j1il01 Aug 01, 2010

    It was p500, last night I replaced the rear struts and the guy that helped me used a Snap-On scanner and it was showing a different code than the first and second earlier scans using a more generic scanner. His unit showed a catalyst efficiency low, which he reset and this morning the MIL came back on. I have not had a chance to scan again today. I was thinking I would use the generic code reader today and if it also showed catalyst that I would change the O2 sensor. Seem sensible?



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You have to replace the speed sensor itself not just the cable to correct that problem, the cable doesnt do anything with the computer, try that sensor and youll be ok.

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  • cjkelly025 Aug 01, 2010

    then it would sound like the ecm is not interpreting the signal correctly, if you had a guinea pig computer i would say try it. I had one of those a few years back and ran into that being the problem, its a few and far between. Tho in toyotas ive seen the only normal problems being a distributor or the ecms traditionally for errors.

  • cjkelly025 Aug 02, 2010

    sometimes, it is cheaper than a converter but not by too much if you get a universal converter the same inlet and outlet diameter that you need. I personally would change the o2 sensor first then if that didnt clear the code then i would suspect the converter.


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Pull the ecm fuse and turn the ignition key to the on position for a few seconds ( DO NOT START the car ) then turn key off and replace the fuse. maybe that will help- batt disconnects dont always reset the ecm

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