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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Drain the transmission oil.
  3. Disconnect the vehicle speedometer sensor connector.
  4. Remove the vehicle speedometer sensor.
  5. Apply transmission oil to a new O-ring and install it on a new vehicle speedometer sensor.
  6. Install the vehicle speedometer sensor. Tightening torque 69.5 - 95.4 inch lbs.
  7. Connect the vehicle speedometer sensor connector.
  8. Add the specified amount and type of transmission oil.
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.

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