What to know about the Cruise Control Switch:
As you drive down the interstate, maintaining a set speed contributes to safe motoring by reducing the need to constantly monitor the speedometer and reduces fuel consumption slightly by minimizing the throttle applications to recover speed. An added benefit is reduced driver fatigue when traveling long distances. Cruise control was developed in the spirit of covering all of these issues.
On the steering column or steering wheel of your vehicle, there are cruise control switches if your vehicle is so equipped. Also, there is an on/off button or switch, a set button, a coast button, a resume button, and an accelerate button. With regards to your vehicle design, the resume and coast buttons may be combined, and the resume and accelerate buttons may also be combined. There is a cancel button on some designs as well. The cruise control on and off button does nothing but that: when the cruise is turned on, it is able to be set, and when it is turned off the cruise control will not activate. The set button is pressed when you attain the speed you would like to maintain. The coast button can be tapped to decelerate one mile per hour per tap, or pressed to slow down until the button is released. The resume button will take your vehicle back to the last cruise control set speed. The accelerate button will bump up your speed one mile per hour at a time or you can press and hold the button and the vehicle will accelerate until you release the button, where it will hold the cruise speed. If a cruise control switch isn’t working properly, any one of the functions of the cruise control can be affected.
Facts to Note:
Cruise control may be electronically-controlled, vacuum-controlled, or both.
Cruise control should be put off when driving up steep inclines or declines to maintain proper control of your vehicle.
How to Fix:
The cruise control switch is confirmed that it needs to be replaced. The battery is disconnected and the air bag is taken out.
The defective cruise control switch is disconnected and removed.
The new cruise control switch is installed and connected.
The air bag is reinstalled and the battery is reconnected. The cruise control switch is checked for proper installation.
The vehicle is road tested to ensure proper operation of the cruise control switch.
Cruise control has many aspects and parts that work together, including electrical switches, engine vacuum switches, hoses, and servos. If you experience a problem with your cruise control operation, do not use it until one of your expert technicians has inspected and repaired the faulty part.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to replace the Cruise Control Switch:
Cruise control light does not illuminate when turned on and its works will not operate
Vehicle will not regulate a set speed or accelerate properly
Importance of this service:
Cruise control is a convenience feature on your vehicle and while it assists to a safe driving experience, it doesn’t make your vehicle unsafe if not functioning properly. However, you should not use the cruise control until it is corrected. It can be repaired at your discretion.