p0500 vehicle speed sensor-FIXED

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MAKE:dodge
MODEL:ram1500 4x4
YEAR:1998
MILES:178,585
ENGINE:5.2 v-8 5spd
DESCRIBE ISSUE.... getting a po500 vehicle speed sensor code since my speedometer quit the other day speed nor mileage is registering code says vehicle speed sensor and i went to parts store and all they list is for the 4spd auto i have the 5spd manual even call the dodge dealer and they had no clue i have found a 2 wire sensor on driver side of trans but not sure if that is for the stupid shift indicator light or what i will say i have limited basic tools and knowledge far from pro
 
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i forgot to mention that prior to failing completely it was only registering once i got to about 25mph to 30mph then it would jump up and work
 
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look on the top of the differential -
They was a RWAL and a 4WAL .... hoping its the easy
 

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On our 1992 Ford Aerostar, that sensor on the differential was RWAL, Speedometer, Odometer, Cruise Control, and Overdrive. It failed on a trip and we drove the last 400 miles in "OD Off" mode. When we tried to use OD, it'd go through the first three gears, then neutral instead of going into 4/OD.

You might pull that sensor and find it has a layer of metal fuzz on it. Cleaning it might help, but at least for Ford, that VSS was only around $20. If I got suspicious of a VSS I think I'd replace it. Our 1992 was Pre-OBD2 so finding codes wasn't that easy. I think there was a separate RAWL tester, or test point in the wiring. Glad yours is easier.
 
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On our 1992 Ford Aerostar, that sensor on the differential was RWAL, Speedometer, Odometer, Cruise Control, and Overdrive. It failed on a trip and we drove the last 400 miles in "OD Off" mode. When we tried to use OD, it'd go through the first three gears, then neutral instead of going into 4/OD.

You might pull that sensor and find it has a layer of metal fuzz on it. Cleaning it might help, but at least for Ford, that VSS was only around $20. If I got suspicious of a VSS I think I'd replace it. Our 1992 was Pre-OBD2 so finding codes wasn't that easy. I think there was a separate RAWL tester, or test point in the wiring. Glad yours is easier.
this is a dodge for one and for 2 its a 5spd manual not auto and i have no spedo or odometer i can't even see how the one on rear end comes off
 
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I think 98 was a year they changed to this sensor....
dealer says thats just an abs sensor but idk i just hate to throw parts at it and not solve the issue as i really can't afford to nor can i afford to get a ticket
 
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problem i am having is everything i look up for vehicle speed sensor is a screw in type but says auto trans was the 5 spd that rare that im not gonna find the proper one?
 
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after looking and looking only thing i can think is to try the one in rear axle just hope it don't break as its pretty rusty under there would it be possible to just clean it for now?
 
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On the earlier models a sensor was located on the transfer case - would be a rear side on the rear output shaft @10 oclock position.... I doubt this is your set up but you
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