Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
Well lets find out, the manual says that it can be the VS sensor or the actual meter. Or a short or ground in the wire at some point.
I do not remember if you can get to the wire for the VS sensor with the shelter off or not, in fact that was not even on my mind last time I helped change an air filter. in any event it is down low on the right hand side directly under the engine cover that covers the plugs, yep have to take all the lowers off to get to it.
It has a white wire with black stripe coming off it, check this through the VS sensor to ground, with the ignition off, if you get continuity, it is shorted out and you need a new one.
Page 6-34 Item 4 in the service manual, the Honda one. 06/08 manual.
If it tests good, will be time to test the meter panel.
Bear in mind it could be as simple as the pin connector leaving it, could have been disturbed at some point, or unplugged, check that too.
Also might just be a false code in the DTC, it takes a special tool to short out the connector and erase the memory.
Wire color may vary, but I doubt it, I am using a 06 Honda manual, do not have an 03 one but have found wire colors have stayed the same for the most part.
I honestly think it is a pin connector, I use a lot of common reasoning in things, so I look at it like this, it was fine before you went in and changed the air filter and all that, so something that occurred while doing this has caused the problem to surface. The VS sensor would not have went bad just by changing the air filter and unplugging and plugging up connectors. I have had to resort to a filed down meter pin on a tester and stick it into the connectors one leg at a time and check for continuity, I still think one of them is not making contact.
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