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P0500 FORD - Vehicle Speed Sensor 'A'

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3 What does this mean?

Possible causes

  • Faulty Vehicle Speed Sensor
  • Vehicle speed sensor harness or connectors is open or shorted
  • Vehicle speed sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)
What does this mean?

Tech notes

There is a factory service bulletin for the following Ford models:

1998-2002 Ford Crown Victoria
1998-2002 Ford Mustang
1998-2002 Ford Taurus
1998-1999 F-250 LD
1998-2001 Ford Explorer
1998-2002 Ford E SERIES
1998-2002 Ford Expedition
1998-2002 Ford F-150
1998-2002 Ford Ranger
1998-2002 Ford Windstar
1999-2002 Ford Super Duty F Series
2000-2002 Ford Excursion
2000-2002 Ford Explorer Sport
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

What does this mean?

When is the code detected?

The almost 0 km/h (0 MPH) signal from vehicle speed sensor is sent to Engine Control Module (ECM) even when vehicle is being driven.

Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Speedometer may not work properly
  • Transmission shifting problem

P0500 FORD Description

The vehicle speed sensor outputs a 4 pulse signal for every revolution of the rotor shaft, which is rotated by the transmission output shaft via the driven gear. After this signal is converted into a more precise rectangular waveform by the waveform shaping circuit inside the combination meter, it is then transmitted to the Engine Control Module (ECM). The ECM determines the vehicle speed based on the frequency of these pulse signals.
OBDII Code P0500 Ford - Vehicle Speed Sensor 'A' -

P0500 FORD Information for specific Ford models

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Repair Difficulty Level: 2
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