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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have removed the retaining bolt and bracket. Just can't seem to pull the stupid thing out. Is there any trick to it? This is on a 98 3.0 OHV with AX4N. I can grab a hold of it from the top but it don't seem to want to give at all.

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Come on now... I know someone has a trick to this. Is there a tool I could slip over it to pull it out? The transmission shop wants $60 to pull it out. Surely if they have a tool it wouldn't cost anymore then $60. Plus that would give me a reason to add something to my collection.

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There are no tools that I know of to remove the VSS. I did one on a friends 98 Vulcan Taurus a year or 2 ago and it was a royal pain in the ass. The damn sensor would not come out after I removed the bolt and I ended up snapping off the plastic top part trying to wiggle it out. I sprayed with with penetrating lube and let it sit over night, I later tried vice grips, a slide hammer (which just pulled it apart even more) and eventually screwed a huge easy out into it to try and get it out, NOTHING got this son of a bitch to move, even a bit. For the first time I gave up and drove it to a Ford dealer. $150 later the sensor was out and a new one was in.

I asked them what they did and they said it was a huge pain in the ass, the tech said he eventually heated the surrounding area up with a torch and was able to twist it free.


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DON'T SPRAY IT WITH LUBE! The sensor goes right in to the transmission and the tranny fluid, you do NOT want to get anything in there!

In my 95 I pulled out the wires and speedometer cable and twisted it, and kept twisting it. Back and forth, and it finally came out. Pulled out one at a junk yard the same way, only that was in 35 degree temperatures. Yup, it sucked, but it will come out by hand.
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Have a friend rock the car back and forth as you try to take it out.

Sounds like it might work doesn't it.

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Spray penetrating fluid around the sensor and let it soak. Corrosion tends to form between the sensor and the tranny housing which makes it stick in there on the o-ring. I've often had to use a small prybar or chisel and hammer to tap it out - just be careful not to break too much of it off that you end up with nothing left to work on.

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We took it to the tranny shop and they took it out and put the new one in for $60. Think I could make a tool to do that. But then... how often would I use it??

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