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Old 11-18-2012, 02:26 PM
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Cruise control acts up

Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I think it is the buttons on the steering wheel? Where can I find replacements?

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:35 PM
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I'd check the steering column wiring harness first.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:35 PM
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would also check the harness and switch on your master cylinder. Don't know if you can get switch's at the dealer still, otherwise junkyard, craigslist or ebay.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:56 AM
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If you disconnect the plug at the base of the steering wheel for the cruise control, you can use a meter to see if all the buttons are working. Each button has a different resistance, so you can see which one you are pushing. If you have a wiring diagram, it makes it super simple to test

The clock spring just went in my column, causing the same symptoms. Once I had it changed, I dismantled the old one, and the ribbon cable inside had broken completely.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:56 PM
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The best I can tell is that it works fie until you hit the off button. Then it will take who knows hot long again for it to work....
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:03 PM
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Sorry, I forgot I converted mine from a F-150, you wont have a clock spring.

Does your horn work? The ON button uses a resistance between Horn and ground. The other buttons use the other two contacts on the brush.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:11 PM
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Horn blows... I will say this also... The other day when it was working the emergencey brake light on the lower left lite up for a split sec and kicked the cruise control off????


And another issue is that the trailer brake controller will not adjust.... I think it is just wore out... It did adjust but would lock up the brakes even if you just touched the brake.... But it worked the day before just fine....
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:22 PM
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Would this be the issue?

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:55 PM
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The e brake coming on does kick off the cruise if on. Probably loose wire

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:35 PM
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Not sure if this has been said but a year or so ago I had trouble with mine failing intermittently. I did a lot of things to figure it out. I don't think I ever got it narrowed down. The last thing I did was remove the vss from the rear axle, wiped off, and reinstalled. It worked after that...

Not sure it had anything to do with it but its worked since that day.

Have you been messing with your chip? Remove the ebrake housing recently?
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