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Subaru 97 speed sensor trouble code p0500 not passing admissions.. what part to I buy and where is the sensor located?

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    What does p0500 generic vehicle speed sensor A mean and where is this located

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    p0500 vehicle speed sensor a....witch sensor is this?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    where is speed sensor A located on a manual

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There are actually two Vehicle Speed Sensors (VSS). I'm going to assume you have a 2.5 liter engine and an automatic transmission.

The Vehicle Speed Sensor 1 (output shaft rotation sensor) is mounted to the extension case (from the outside of the case). The sensor outputs a pulse signal which is transmitted to the TCM where it is converted to vehicle speed.


The transfer clutch drum is connected directly to the rear wheel driving propeller shaft. Vehicle speed sensor 1 on the AWD model detects rear-wheel speed.

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Vehicle Speed Sensor 2 provides vehicle road speed information to the ECM. The ECM uses this data to properly determine ignition and fuel delivery curves. The sensor consists of a reed switch and magnetic rotor turned by the speedometer cable.


One rotation of the magnetic rotor opens and closes the reed switch four times, producing a digital signal which is converted to vehicle speed by the ECM. The sensor operates whenever the vehicle is moving with ignition ON. As the transmission rotates, the speed sensor sends a pulsed on/off signal to the ECM.


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The speedometer uses VSS 2 for it's signal.

Hope this helps (remember to rate this answer).

Posted on May 24, 2011

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