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2001 Pontiac Sunfire GT 2dr Coupe

2001 Pontiac Sunfire
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Subcompact
22 mpg city / 32 mpg hwy
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June 5, 2013, 11:40 am

J P
 

Question: I have a few problems with my 2004 Pontiac Sunfire and I need answers.

My car- a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire- has a few problems. First off, the speedometer is stuck all to the way to the left side(it always says I'm going 110+ MPH). There's a bigger issue though, which is that my car has started flashing the "Low Traction" light when I'm making right turns. I'm not sure what's wrong and if at all possible, I'd like to know a ballpark figure of what the problems cost to repair. Thanks.


June 11, 2013, 4:29 am

Elizabeth K
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The low traction light flashing is indicating the computer has stored an error in memory. It is very possible that it's the same problem that's causing the speedometer to fail. The first step is have it scanned for codes, most shops will do that for a diagnostic fee. It is hard to get an accurate estimate for a repair without first having the problem accurately diagnosed, and usually a diagnosis is about $100.

However, both of your problems point to the same thing, and that is the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) circuit. You can try to do it yourself--first test the sending unit and the circuit before replacing) or take it to a shop.

Some info on VSS here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbaHx89EysM


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