Repeated P0500 code on a 2002 Toyota Camry 4cyl-2A2FE

130

Asked by Jan 06, 2014 at 08:20 PM about the 2002 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had a P0500 code read by dealer after check engine light came on.  The vehicle kind of surged and the motor rpm increased and I seem to loose power.  I also told them the tach and speedometer started jumping around.  This only last a minute or so and then runs normal.  They tested the vehicle speed sensor and said it was working fine and reset the light.  After driving it a couple hundred miles the light came on again and they did the same thing.  The next time it came on they decided the signal from the sensor going through the cluster (speedometer and tach) might be  where the problem lies, since the signal went through there before going to the ecm.  They could not guarantee this was the source, but it was their best diagnosis since the car would not repeat the fluctuating power problem.   I went ahead and replaced the cluster and drove it about 1 month and 250 miles before the light came on again.  It is the same code P0500. I forgot to mention that the 3rd time the check engine light came on they said they also pulled a P1730 code.  The car runs fine after the initial check engine light comes on

14 Answers

19,385

P1730 Intermediate shaft speed sensor This will also set the P0500

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
130

Where would this be located?

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.

okay reset the trouble codes with a fifteen dollar scanner...put a brand NEW battery in that and wirebrush the lug that connects to the main chassis ground...till shiny~ you'll be okay then because "brown power" is confusing the ECM~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
19,385

Near the tail shaft on the left side of the transmission.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
130

Interesting about the "brown power". Wouldn't this affect other electrical components?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

the heated 02 sensor will not give proper readings...(if heated) and relays will begin to drop out and stop making connections if given only 10.5 volts~ the ECU will be seeking various pre-determined voltages from the block temperature sensor, for example....so gone crazy...yes ye be~...if not provided SOLID power the 300 amps needed for the starter and about 750 milliamps ....steady amperage...not wavering with temperature and use~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

without SOLID chassis ground the VSS (Vehicle speed sensor) will cause the needle to bounce....for example...the instrument panel will be dim and the headlights will be dim as well....the main 1/0 cable connection with a FRESH battery is the key~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
130

Thank you. I will give it a try.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
3,065

Speed sensor Bottom of sensor has speedo Gear 2 screws weird plug Easy to get to

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
130

Thank you. Changed another speed sensor towards the rear and it seemed to solve the problem. There is a part on the bottom that may be a problem later on.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
3,065

Cool did it have a gear on it that what's bad Easy to fix look topside Of the tail shaft Speedo sensor another name for it Good job fix awsu,

130

It did have a gear on it. I replaced the sensor. The gear looked OK and is working fine. I would of replaced it if I had known it was a separate part.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
35

I'm having similar problems with a 2002 Camry, 4 cyl., automatic. There are two identical sensors on the transmission housing. They are the type that monitors a rotating toothed ring. The car is shifting ok but occassionly the speedometer drops to zero and the check engine light comes on. The code is P0500, Vehicle Speed Sensor. Which of the two sensors is the VSS? I have replaced both sensors with AutoZone Duralast SU4045, but I still get speedo dropping to zero and the eng. light. The code is always Vehicle Speed Sensor, never the Transmission Speed Sensor, so I would like to concentrate on the Vehicle Speed Sensor, if I knew which of the two it was! Any idea's on what the problem might be, since the sensors are new?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
130

It turned out to be the sensor towards the rear of the transmission. It looks different from the front VSS. There was agear on the old one which was pulled off and placed on the new sensor,

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 1997 Toyota Camry 4cyl speedometer/tranny issue! 15 answers

    Hello, My name is Peter. I currently have a mind boggling issue with my 1997 Toyota Camry V4. It has this wierd issue where the speedometer needle goes crazy(jumps to 90 and falls to 0); note tha...

    1997 Toyota Camry LE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Camry timing chain 7 answers

    I heard that the 2002 camry has a timing chain instead of a belt. Does it required to be change and if so when?

    2002 Toyota Camry LE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Oil leak on passenger side of the engine in Toyota Camry 2002 4cyl. 10 answers

    Hi everyone, I have a 2002 Toyota Camry with 150k miles on it. Recently, I mentioned an engine oil leak which is pretty bad. The engine lost 5QTR in a week. The first mechanic told me it is valve c...

    2002 Toyota Camry LE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2001 Toyota Camry stalls 5 answers

    My son's 2000 Camry runs great. About a week ago while driving the car it suddenly stalled and quit running it would not restart until the engine got cold then ran for a little while before stalling ...

    2001 Toyota Camry

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 90,766 nationwide Camry listings starting at $650.

ZIP:

Search Toyota Camry Questions

Toyota Camry Experts

#1 Reelin68
Reelin68
Reputation 12,350
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,300
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 2,960
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
820 Great Deals out of 85,700 listings starting at $988
Used Toyota Corolla
764 Great Deals out of 73,024 listings starting at $1,962
Used Honda Civic
666 Great Deals out of 89,882 listings starting at $1,299
Used Nissan Altima
1,028 Great Deals out of 80,832 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Avalon
182 Great Deals out of 13,545 listings starting at $1,990
Used Toyota RAV4
726 Great Deals out of 71,493 listings starting at $1,895
Used Hyundai Sonata
735 Great Deals out of 50,662 listings starting at $1,350
Used Nissan Maxima
295 Great Deals out of 25,094 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Highlander
346 Great Deals out of 24,409 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda CR-V
899 Great Deals out of 61,692 listings starting at $988
Used Toyota Prius
168 Great Deals out of 16,827 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
916 Great Deals out of 79,357 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
246 Great Deals out of 20,467 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Tacoma
533 Great Deals out of 40,527 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 19,499 listings starting at $14,999
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 1,677 listings starting at $12,922
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,439 listings starting at $10,999
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
72 Great Deals out of 2,184 listings starting at $8,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.