Patao: Good to hear of a VSS extraction success story! If your car had spent most of its life in your region of the USA that might be why it didnt cause you more grief. The VSS electrical connector clips are broken on my Escorts too. Out of five escorts I think I have one connector with both side 'latches' intact, maybe two with one of the latches remaining, and a couple with neither of the latch arms still there. As for the springy clip for the speedo cable: I find it works to merely yank up on the metal ferrule of the cable where it goes into the VSS. This takes my entire hand, not just thumb and index finger. The same thing for stuffing it back in: a goodly shove and I can feel the thing move back/down into the VSS. Sometimes I have to turn the speedo cable about 1/8th turn, to help the square end of the speedo inner cable slide back down into the square hole in the VSS. I usually take out the battery and the battery tray, to make it easier to bend over and get an arm down there. Even when I have had a VSS out of the car, getting the springy clip removed or replaced seems chancy. On rockauto(dot)com I see they still have the "vehicle/output speed sensor connector"s for sale. For some reason they say 'for manual transmission' but the mating connectors look the same on the manual and the automatic transmissions to me. They are priced about $5 to $7 dollars.