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The cruise control went intermittant, then quit completely.

I bought the car about 3 months ago, finding the cruise would suddenly shut off or not even connect unless I kept turning it off, then on and set, finally one day it set, went about a mile on, shut off and hasn't worked since. Is there a wire broken, a sensor malfunctioning, or a switch broken, or what?

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  • dvbenner Apr 15, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 1995 Cabriolet. Replaced the turn sig./Cruse switch with a new one (from the dealer $180.00) and still not working. Checked for vacume leakes with a hand pump and the system holds a vacume. Is there a control module someplace?

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Where is the switch for your cruise control? Is it mounted on the turn signal stalk? If so, it's likely a failure of the stalk. The Audi cars of your generation are known for stalk failures (my 99 A4 has had it twice), and it's likely that VW and Audi share switchgear as they're both part of the same conglomerate parent company. If your switch is on the stalk, you're likely going to have to change it out for a new one. I'd recommend German AutoParts in Albany, NY for buying one (www.germanautoparts.com) - I've bought several parts from them in the past and they're top-notch for service and pricing.

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  • J Francis Dec 22, 2010

    I had a problem on my '98 A6 where the cruise control would work for about 5-10 minutes then stop. The dealer tried to tell me it was a diaphragm that would not hold the vacuum. They replaced it ($350) and it still did not work. I took the car home and followed this post at Audi World and it now works great! The dealer wanted $664 to replace the module which is about a 10 minute job to get to behind the glove box (only 5 screws to take out!) If you are the least bit mechanical and have a solder gun, do it yourself and save $600! http://forums.audiworld.com/showthread.p...

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