Mechanics

ZX2 SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER NOT WORKING

1999 Ford Escort

Electrical problem
1999 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 72000 miles

Hello. My speedometer/odometer quit working. Started working intermittently for about 2 weeks, then stopped working completely. P0500 code. I swapped out VSS (new), 2 x instrument clusters (used), PCM (used).


Any other suggestions or troubleshooting steps I can try? Someone suggested it might be a ground issue.

Thanks.
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Ozzx2
July 24, 2010.




A P0500 code is your wheel speed sensor, simple as that, which is actually I believe the 2nd picture you uploaded, here in Ontario it's a $60 part and like.4 hours at a mechanic, so like $15 or so, or do it yourself, not hard at all. And that is definately why your speedo does not work and in turn causing your odometer not to work

I don't know where everyone else is getting these crazy responses from, i've personally gone through this on my ZX2 and know first hand what it is though, hopefully you get it fixed, good luck

note: Or tough it out, pay attention to your RPMs or buy a GPS for an speedo and you save putting mileage on your car, keep the resale value lol

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K_nukem
Sep 14, 2010.
Oh yea, I forgot to update this thread. I found the issue.

I pulled out the battery to charge it and a few weeks later the speedometer started acting up, then quit. The VSS blue wire is grounded about 4" down from the negative battery terminal on the cable. It must have slowly worked it's way out of the plug.

All the wiring diagrams said it was grounded " near starter motor".

Previously I replaced the VSS twice. Other people have found the issue when they lost a ground to the instrument cluster, or bad wire to the VSS or PCM. I was working with a few guys from Team ZX2 also.

The biggest reason i'm fixing it is I can't pass emissions inspection with the CEL on lol.

Thanks for everyone's help!
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Ozzx2
Sep 14, 2010.
I'm having the same problem as well, I was wondering if by chance what the problem was with the speedometer odometer, also did you ever have problems with your fog lights, as well as your cruise control, I would really appreciate the advice

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Op_board1984
Apr 11, 2014.

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