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1996 Ford Explorer: 4x4..The speedometer..automatic transmission

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I have a 1996 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer edition, 4x4. The speedometer does not work and the automatic transmission will not shift as the speed increases.
Submitted: 5 years ago via
Category: Ford
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.

Most likely its a shorted vehicle speed sensor (VSS).

From under the right-hand side (passenger side) of the vehicle, disengage the wiring harness connector from the VSS located half-way down the right-hand side of the transmission assembly. and see if the fuse blows, if it doesnt, replace the speed sensor. It controls the speedometer and the shift points for the transmission.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you. We'll try that. Can we still ask questions after we try it if this doesn't work? CJewell
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.

Sure can!

Best wishes!