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2001 Nissan Maxima Question: check engine light returns a wheel speed sensor issue.

 

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Visitor, Colorado Springs, CO, November 30, 2010, 17:45
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How does the wheel speed sensor cause a check engine light. If it does should I replace the sensor?

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    November 30, 2010, 18:37
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    yes replace wheel speed sensor, it sounds like it is going bad, believe it or not, the wheel sensor does alot

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, November 30, 2010, 19:58
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    The engine computer needs to know the vehicle speed, and the wheel speed sensors provide that info for the computer.

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    November 30, 2010, 20:58
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    put a computer on find what is wrong and witch speed sensor is bad

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, November 30, 2010, 22:04
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    Is it a code for a wheel speed sensor or a Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)? VSS would cause a check engine light failure would result in loss of Speedometer and cruise control. A scan tool or oscilloscope is needed to check each wheel speed sensor.

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    Visitor, December 01, 2010, 08:42

    You need to pinpoint which sensor is bad and yes it should be replaced. Each one acts as a speedometer to the ECM so if one is different or out it will kick the light on...

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