So you've been enjoying the perks of having a built-in cruise control system on your car. You have saved fuel, avoided speed limit violations, and relaxed during long drives. But suddenly, your cruise control system operates erratically, or sometimes, even fails to engage. The cruise control servo might be the problem. You could either clean or replace the servo unit immediately to avoid accidents, such as vehicle skidding or lack of control especially in wet or snow-covered roads. Here's how.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Wrench set
- Screwdriver set
- Replacement cruise control servo kit
Step 1: The cruise control servo is located on the left front wheel. Use jack and jack stands to remove the front wheel, followed by the front plastic inner fender well.
Step 2: Now, disconnect the electrical connector from the servo. Using a wrench, remove the nuts that hold it, and carefully detach the servo and the cable assembly from its mounts. Remove the cover from the servo using a screwdriver.
Step 3: Attach the cable to the replacement servo, and then secure its cover with two nuts. Tighten the nuts using a torque wrench. Next, attach the servo to the mounting bracket with the nuts. Torque them.
Step 4: Put the actuator cable under the cleaner air duct. Snap the cable with the adjuster to the accelerator cable bracket, and put the screw.
Step 5: Install the electrical connector, following the two vacuum hoses to the servo. You may now reconnect the electrical connector, and reassemble the wheel and the fender well.
Now that you have replaced your servo, expect that your cruise control system will now work properly. This DIY replacement and installation may take you an hour or so, but afterwards, your servo is ready to serve you!