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I have a 1997 Nissan Sentra 1.6 and my speedometer stopped

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I have a 1997 Nissan Sentra 1.6 and my speedometer stopped working. I replaced the Vehicle Speed Sensor and it didn't fix the cause. Could the cluster itself be the issue?
JA: The mechanics have tons of experience in that area. Are those all of the "symptoms"?
Customer: My engine light also came on with code P0500 for the speed sensor
JA: Anything else I can tell the Mechanic before I connect you two?
Customer: That's it
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
hey there, which sensor did you replace? what did it look like? The revolution sensor?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It was the sensor in the back of transmission, the VSS and it has a gear on it was a plug connector at the top
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
k, that's the right sensor then. Did the P0500 go away?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The code went away for 2 days and came back with same code. Does it have 2 sensors on that year because I only seen 1?
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
depends on the transmissions some had a revolution sensor and a VSS that were different. one looked like a crank sensor and the other has a gear on it. the gear one is the speed sensor that was relevent here.
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
The speed sensor signal reports to the combination meter (gauge cluster) and the ECM and TCM recieve their speed sensor readings from there. So double check the new sensor put in and the wiring harness before replacing the cluster.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
That would be the one I replaced, the one with the gear on it. after I recheck the new sensor and the wiring and they are checked ok, should In then assume that it's the cluster?
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
yea, if the sensor and wiring check out, then check for power at the yellow wire on the cluster with the key to ON. if it's there, then replace the cluster
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Great, I will recheck both the speed sensor and wiring to see if all is good then check the yellow wire for power.
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
sounds good, if you need anything else let me know.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thanks for your help, at this point this is the only problem that I'm having.
Expert:  Jake replied 6 months ago.
excellent, if you don't need anything else just be sure to leave a kind rating so the site credits me for my time. If you run into a snag reply to this same question instead of creating a new one since follow up is free.