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P0500 NISSAN - Vehicle Speed Sensor

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3   
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Possible causes

  • Faulty Vehicle Speed Sensor
  • Faulty Wheel Speed Sensor
  • Vehicle speed sensor harness or connectors is open or shorted
  • Vehicle speed sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Wheel speed sensor harness or connectors is open or shorted
  • Wheel speed sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Faulty Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Control Unit
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

Tech notes

On most Nissan models the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) is installed in the transaxle, on some Nissan models poor connection at the speedometer can cause the problem. Before replacing the sensor you should try cleaning the sensor gear and clearing the code. If the light comes back you may have to replace the sensor.

When is the code detected?

The almost 0 km/h (0 MPH) signal from vehicle speed sensor is sent to 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 Nissan 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.

Most Nissan Models 2006-2011:

When the sensor rotor rotates, the magnetic field changes. It converts the magnetic field changes to current signals (rectangular wave) and transmits them to the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Actuator and Electric Unit (Control Unit). The vehicle speed signal is sent to the combination meter from the ABS Actuator and Electric Unit (Control Unit) by Controlled Area Network (CAN) communication line. The combination meter then sends a signal to the Engine Control Module (ECM) by CAN communication line.

Most Nissan Models 2012 + :

The Engine Control Module (ECM) receives vehicle speed signals from two different paths via CAN communication line: One is from the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Actuator and Electric Unit (Control Unit) via the combination unit and the other is from Transmission Control Module (TCM).

OBDII Code P0500 Nissan - Vehicle Speed Sensor -

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