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Old 06-05-2012, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default VSS Stuck - 97 Mercury Sable

I've got a 1997 Mercury Sable 3.0L V6 Duratec 24V DOHC.

I'm trying to remove the VSS (Vehicle Control Sensor).

Here's a video of where it's located (not my video):

Fixing Ford Taurus Shift Problem. Replacing VSS Vehicle Speed Sensor - YouTube

Now you can see the black plastic piece. Well after I broke off the screw, I tried to pry the sensor out, and was only able to get the plastic piece off.

And now the metal piece is the only thing showing now. It's very corroded at top, but the bottom piece looks okay to get it out; if I were able to get a vice grip on it. But there's no room to move any tools down there.

I read someone used a screwdriver & hammer to break it loose from it's housing, but every time I tried that I'd take off another corroded piece of metal.

I've also read that I can...

1 - Drop the transmission

2 - Drop the Y-Pipe exhuast

or

3 - Drop the sub-fram

Which one do you think would be the easiest to do?

Because with how corroded it is, and how rusted it is in it's housing, I don't think I'll be able to get it out without dropping something.

So what do you guys think I should do?

Thanks,
Trevor
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got a 1997 Mercury Sable 3.0L V6 Duratec 24V DOHC.

I'm trying to remove the VSS (Vehicle Control Sensor).

Here's a video of where it's located (not my video):

Fixing Ford Taurus Shift Problem. Replacing VSS Vehicle Speed Sensor - YouTube

Now you can see the black plastic piece. Well after I broke off the screw, I tried to pry the sensor out, and was only able to get the plastic piece off.

And now the metal piece is the only thing showing now. It's very corroded at top, but the bottom piece looks okay to get it out; if I were able to get a vice grip on it. But there's no room to move any tools down there.

I read someone used a screwdriver & hammer to break it loose from it's housing, but every time I tried that I'd take off another corroded piece of metal.

I've also read that I can...

1 - Drop the transmission

2 - Drop the Y-Pipe exhuast

or

3 - Drop the sub-fram

Which one do you think would be the easiest to do?

Because with how corroded it is, and how rusted it is in it's housing, I don't think I'll be able to get it out without dropping something.

So what do you guys think I should do?

Thanks,
Trevor
y pipe & subframe of course........
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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y pipe & subframe of course........
So I have to drop both the y-pipe & the sub-frame?

I've read I could get away with only dropping the y-pipe.

Is that not true?

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So I have to drop both the y-pipe & the sub-frame?

I've read I could get away with only dropping the y-pipe.

Is that not true?

Trevor
try y pipe first, then go from there. I would put an add on Craigslist and hire someone to just drop the tranny and u take the vss out and have him put tranny back in for maybe $200. better than taking it to a shop and paying 6 or 700 bucks. or u can drop the tranny yourself if u got a place to work on it.
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try y pipe first, then go from there. I would put an add on Craigslist and hire someone to just drop the tranny and u take the vss out and have him put tranny back in for maybe $200. better than taking it to a shop and paying 6 or 700 bucks. or u can drop the tranny yourself if u got a place to work on it.
Yeah I've been thinking about someone else doing it.

But I'll try the y pipe first. I don't have too much money right now.

But from what I've read it can be a bitch to get the y pipe off.

I would love to drop the tranny myself, but I don't have a proper lift, or anything to really hold the tranny.

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah I've been thinking about someone else doing it.

But I'll try the y pipe first. I don't have too much money right now.

But from what I've read it can be a bitch to get the y pipe off.

I would love to drop the tranny myself, but I don't have a proper lift, or anything to really hold the tranny.

Trevor
might as well do it yourself, get some friends to help or pay someone on labor gigs Craigslist a few bucks to help out. as for a tranny jack I think auto parts stores have loaner's, you can use for free, you just leave a deposit what the tool is worth and you get it all back when your done. I seen some tranny jacks at harbor freight tools for around $100. check tools for sale on Craigslist.
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