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Cruise Control Switch won't stay in

My 2006, cruise control switch won't stay in (on). I sprayed the crap out of it with contact cleaner, working it pretty vigorously for about 2 - 3 minutes. No joy. Any ideas?

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Well, you did what most of us would have advised. Other than maybe the switch is pooched, I don't know if you can just replace the switch, there's lots of little springs and stuff in side them. I'll take a boo in the parts lookup and see if I can find anything.

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Try WD-40. It's all I use on stubborn switches.


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Just to clarify, is it the cruise "on/off" or the cruise "set" switch that won't stay in/on? There's 20 pages on the system in the service manual....

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Cruise Control Switch won't stay in

If you hold the switch in will the light come on and remain on until you release the switch ?


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Try WD-40. It's all I use on stubborn switches.


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But, of course you do!

Well, it IS an improvement over your earlier practice of using lard, so......
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Budoka-san speaks the truth: That cruise system is complex and unforgiving. It'll make you cry to do all the tests in a shop manual!

It's not just the switches that set the cruise, but also the micro-switches on the brakes, clutch and throttle that CANCEL the cruise control that makes diagnostics interesting.
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Cruise Control Switch won't stay in

Time out you two, and you two know which two I'm referring to. If the cruise light illuminates when the cruise on/off button is depressed the actual " contacts " are making contact, closing the circuit and the cruise is ready to be set. If the switch will not stay depressed on its own, then there is an issue with the little tensioned latching parts that make and break the contact. Sometimes the tensioned latching/ratcheting mechanism is just dry and the parts are stuck. When and if that's the case, a little lube hitting the right spot will free things up. Yes, I said " lube " ,not " cleaner". Why WD-40 ? Why not ? It's harmless to most, if not all, surfaces. It's basically fish oil and there is where the lubrication part comes . That being said, I don't know how much penetration one can get into the cruise switch. But if anything has a chance to work its way into the recesses of the switch, I'm betting that fish oil can. That's my story and I'm stinking with it.
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Actually Princess, I will agree with your statement. A clarification from our OP will help clear up that discussion.

Myself, if it is a case of the switch not latching, I would probably take it apart and do a thorough investigation/cleaning. Then again I'm a glutton for punishment.


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Time out you two, and you two know which two I'm referring to. If the cruise light illuminates when the cruise on/off button is depressed the actual " contacts " are making contact, closing the circuit and the cruise is ready to be set. If the switch will not stay depressed on its own, then there is an issue with the little tensioned latching parts that make and break the contact. Sometimes the tensioned latching/ratcheting mechanism is just dry and the parts are stuck. When and if that's the case, a little lube hitting the right spot will free things up. Yes, I said " lube " ,not " cleaner". Why WD-40 ? Why not ? It's harmless to most, if not all, surfaces. It's basically fish oil and there is where the lubrication part comes . That being said, I don't know how much penetration one can get into the cruise switch. But if anything has a chance to work its way into the recesses of the switch, I'm betting that fish oil can. That's my story and I'm stinking with it.

WD40 and fish oil is what some call an urban legend. The main ingredients are closer to kerosene.

WD-40's main ingredients, according to its U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet* information, are:

51% Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits: primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
25% Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
15+% Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
10-% Inert ingredients

Either way it works wonders in a lot of ways.
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