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P0500 1999 FORD F150 - Vehicle Speed Sensor Malfunction

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3  What is this?
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P0500 1999 FORD F150 Possible Causes

  • Faulty Vehicle Speed Sensor
  • Vehicle speed sensor harness or connectors is open or shorted
  • Vehicle speed sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Damaged wheel speed sensors
  • Damage drive mechanism for VSS or TCSS
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

How is the P0500 1999 FORD F150 code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

Tech Notes

Indicates the powertrain control module (PCM) detected an error in the vehicle speed information. Vehicle speed data is received from either the vehicle speed sensor (VSS), transfer case speed sensor (TCSS) or anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module. If the engine rpm is above the torque converter stall speed (automatic transmission) and engine load is high, it can be inferred that the vehicle must be moving. If there is insufficient vehicle speed data input, a malfunction is indicated and a DTC is set. On most vehicle applications the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) will be triggered when this DTC is set

What is the cost to diagnose the P0500 1999 FORD F150 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P0500 1999 FORD F150 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.
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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 1999 FORD F150 Meaning

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.

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