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Check engine light reports VSS problem

I have a 96 nissan 200sx se with the 1.6L and auto trans. and the check engine light is on. The autozone PC tells me it is a VSS (code 0500). The guy I bought the car from says he replaced the VSS along with the Cat convert. He instructed me to replace the Instrument panel and then the ECU. I have already replaced the computer, and am looking for a new instrument panel but I don't think he is right. Can a new sensor be bad or should I be looking for another component? and where is the sensor located?

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    hi
    i have a simular problem, nissan micra automatic r reg, wont start, lights come on but are very dim, was working went into shop came out wouldnt start any help please

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A specific trouble code,no matter what the code is,always has a diagnostic route that is available at pay sources like All Data online.It always involves checking the wires involved in the specific circuit,for continuity,along with testing the individual components,like the vehicle speed sensor.Remove the VSS from the trans,and reinspect the drive,and driven gear.The drive gear is attached to the differential down in the trans,and you have to actually look down in the hole,and verify the drive gear is ok and intact.Then look very carefully at the plastic gear that is attached to the VSS,and make sure the middle of it isnt "applecored" as this will cause the VSS to NOT turn or give a signal.Now,reinstall the VSS,and turn the differential.This requires two helpers,one on each side of the car,to turn both tires at the same time,in the same direction (this turns the differential) while you are checking the two wires coming out of the VSS,for an alterenating current flow,that would be sent to the PCM(ECU).Verify VSS operation.If the VSS is producing a signal for the PCM,then the only thing left is the PCM itself,or the wires between the VSS,and PCM(ECU).That goes back to what i was saying about checking the wires' continuity between the sensor and PCM.Make certain the wires involved in the VSS circuit have continuity,and good tight connections at both ends.Good luck.

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I would like to know exactly where the vehicle speed senor(VSS) is located on the transmission on a 1996 nissan 200sx 1.6, for replacement.

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