When your cruise control switch fails, so does the entire cruise control assembly. The first sign of a bad cruise control switch is when its dashboard light fails to light up or stay ?on' when you hold its button down. When this happens, you can no longer engage your cruise control. This is why it's highly advised that you replace a bad cruise control switch as soon as you can.
Difficulty level: Medium
Tools that you'll need:
- Flat head screwdriver
- Replacement cruise control switch
Step 1: Locate the cruise control switch. This switch is usually mounted onto the steering wheel or the steering wheel column.
Step 2: Once you've found the switch, take your paperclip, straighten it out, and insert it into the hole at the end of the switch. There should be some form of resistance. Keep pushing the paperclip in, because it will have to move the switch's release tab. If done correctly, the switch should ?pop out', allowing you to pull the switch out of your steering column. Now, in some vehicles, the use of a flat head screwdriver is necessary. If there is a plastic bezel under the switch, you need to avoid damaging the rubber unit under the switch. You can do this by inserting the screwdriver between the switch and the bezel, and popping the switch out.
Step 3: When the switch is out, make sure its electric terminals are all turned toward the steering column. This keeps the switch in the ?off' position. Then, simply line up the terminals on the switch and the terminals in the steering column.
Step 4: Slide your replacement cruise control switch into place and push until you hear a "click". Double check the component's connections before testing the switch.