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First make sure the speedometer cable is turning inside the sleeve. Disconnect it from the speedometer and then jack up the front of the vehicle and place it on jack stands where the front wheels do not touch the ground. Place the vehicle into drive and see if the cable turns int he sleeve. If the cable does, then the speedometer will have to be replaced. The gears in the speedometer that drive the speedometer needle and change the odometer are not functioning properly. You can have the speedometer repaired if you have a repair shop in your area.
But if the cable does not turn, then the problem is in the transmission. Either the gear broke on the output shaft or the gear fell off the VSS sensor. But from your description, either the cable is not fully seated in the speedometer or the VSS sensor on the transmission. Make sure the cable is fully seated and double check the speedometer.
As for the shift indicator, I need to know if it is a floor shifter or a steering column shifter.
The gear shift is on the column, and shows park. reverse, neautral, overdrive, driveXXXXX1. What is the vss and what does it look like? Do you have a pitcher to show where this vss sensor is located?
Incidently, the gasket that I was trying to replace on the transmission, has been completed. I was able to move the valve body pan on the left side (drivers side), but was not able to remove this pan. I then was able to slip the new gasket over and around the pan. I am estatic over the solutions y'all have that keeps me from paying to have this repaired, since I had a hard time paying in the first place. Thank you very much, John
First, the VSS is the Vehicle Speed Sensor. It is located on the transmission underneath the vehicle. It is a little tough to reach. It is located on top of the transmission where the passenger side axles haft attatches to the transmission. But I would check and make sure your cable is turning when the vehicle is running in drive.
Also, did the speedometer quit before you lubricated the cable of after?
As for the shift indicator. It is adjustable on the steering column. Remove the trim panels for the steering column. These are the top and bottom covers on the steering column. On the underside, there will be a plastic cable with a copper wire in it that attatches to the shifter on the steering column. Along that cable, there will be a black gear mounted near where the cable meets the shifter. Turn the thumb wheel forwards or backwards to adjust the pointer. Also make sure the indicator cable is not broken where it mounts to the column with a small bolt.
I have another question. I dropped the steering column in order to check the speedometer cable. I noticed that I did not have the cable firmly seated and attached to the speedometer. Now that is completed and the gear shift is adjusted properly....
I some how messed up the ignition. The car will not start. The ignition cyclinder does go from acc to the start position, but will not start. Thought it might be the battery, but not so. Is there an accuator rod for this or is it totally electronic? What and how do I check this out and repair?
You will have to turn the ignition key cylinder to the on position where the pin slot is visible where the ignition switch bolts up. Then insert the pin of the switch into the slot and bolt it back to the column. Then turn the vehicle off with the key and then try to start the Sable with your foot on the brake.
You will not have to adjust the gear shift. if the vehicle does not start, place the shifter in neutral and then in reverse and the other gears. See if it will start in the other gears.
If it does start in the other gears and not neutral or park, then the shift cable will have to be adjusted properly.
Were you able to receive the question listed above? I haven't heard from you and I wonder if this is a legitamte question? I don't want to mess the starting situation by adjusting the gear shift indicator and have to spend several days trying to get the car started again. Please answer soon.
Another question. The dome light does not work when the toggle switch is moved. Does this indicate the dome switch need to be replaced? The door button does not turn the light on or off. What kind of trouble shooting do I need to do?
All that you can do, I would greatly appreciate. Thanks, John
Sorry, had some computer problems. Finally got them fixed.
To adjust the shifter indicator on the dash, place the parking brake on and place the shifter in neutral. Then adjust the thumb wheel to align the pointer on the indicator. Then shift through the gears and see if they all line up. If not, make sure the cable has not broken. Especially around the point where it bolts to the steering column with the little bolt. If the plastic sleeve is broken, the indicator will not line up properly.
Let me dig a little on the dome light. I'm at work right now. I'll be back online after 6:00 PM EST. I'm on the east coast.
Sorry about not getting back. I haven't heard from your either after your last reply. But I will still help you. Again I am sorry.
Since the dome lights work off the door switches and not the switch on the headlight switch, it is not that difficult.
It is either a bad dimmer switch, or wiring. More that likely the dimmer switch.
We can test it by removing the headlight switch/dimmer switch and plugging it back in.
Then with either a test light or a meter, turn the dome lights on with the switch and the doors closed. Check for power at the dimmer switch on the GRAY wire.
If not, check for power at the LIGHT GREEN/YELLOW striped wire in the same connector. If you do not have power there, you have a broken wire between fuse #8 in the dash fuse box and the switch.
If you have power on the green/yellow striped wire but not on the gray wire, your dimmer switch has failed. If you have power on the gray wire out of the switch, then you have a broken wire between the switch and the dome lights. Below is the wiring diagram for your dome lights. Ford calls them the courtesy lights.