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Old 03-03-2011, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to this forum, thanks for having me.
I recently bought a 1997 taurus that has a non working speedo and odo. The guy I bought it from said he had the speed sensor professionally tested and the tester said that all was good with the sensor. My question is "Where should I start in my attempt to resolve this issue?"

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would start with changing the vss (vehicle speed sensor). If not that, turn my attention to the instrument cluster.
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Ok thank you Sheila...could you explain a bit more of what you mean by instrument cluster? Like what I am looking for or did you mean change out the whole cluster?
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^ Yes, the part behind the clear lens. There are how-tos and info for this and the vss in the topic finder at the top of this page.
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Ok I located the VSS, before I go any further I wanted to ask is it normal for a 1997 taurus gl with a needle type speedometer to have no cable hooked into the vss? I am asking cause there is no sign of any cable that may have gotten disconnected anywhere in the engine compartment. Is it only an electrical connection?
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Yes, no speedo cable on gen3s.
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I went and picked up a vss at autozone but the worm gear on the end was much bigger on the new one. I need to identify my transmission they told me. I looked under the car and on the bottom of the pan it says "AXOD" but the autozone dude had no match for that name. Is there another name for the "AXOD" transmission?
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I went and picked up a vss at autozone but the worm gear on the end was much bigger on the new one. I need to identify my transmission they told me. I looked under the car and on the bottom of the pan it says "AXOD" but the autozone dude had no match for that name. Is there another name for the "AXOD" transmission?
Yes, the AXOD trans was later called (starting in 1996 or so) AX4S.
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Brywin, you may have to swap the old gear onto the new vss if need be. With a small screwdriver, pry off the retaining c-clip to remove.
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I thought about actually doing that. So there is no difference in the two parts other than the plastic worm gear?
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