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Cruise control not engaging

The cruise control light turns on (2003 santa fe) but the set button will not engage the cruise control.

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  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    Same issue here. I noticed it last week

  • sauls685 Feb 09, 2009

    Thank you. Very helpful and I'll give it a try.



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Replace cruise set switch on steering wheel removes with 2 philips screws.

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There is a recall on the electrical for the brake light switch on the several versions of the Santa Fe. I know it includes the 2007-2009. It may go deeper. There is also a recall for the airbag switch on these models. Fixing the brake light switch generally fixes a list of other issues that may have developed. Reference "Repair Pal"
Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls RepairPal for a quick, sufficient description of the issues, then check with your dealer to make sure your vehicle has been upgraded.

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Posted on Jan 29, 2015

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    Restin Pees Mar 06, 2015

    First, before you try to do anything with the steering wheel/column, disconnect the battery and take a 10 minute break. If you hit the wrong contact with power attached you may find yourself in the market for a new $685 air bag.

    There are several options for the "remote controls" which is how Hyundai identifies the audio and cruise control on the steering wheel. The original part for the urethane steering wheel has been discontinued and a new part is specified. Whichever selection your need, one or both controls, plastic (urethane) or leather, 3 or 4 spokes, you can get it for about $78 at the link below (make sure you change your search to the year of your vehicle - there are several changes every year or two). The middle area of the steering wheel pops off with a couple of screw driver pokes through the access holes in the side. Here's a video in Spanish (for English turn on the CC or just watch with the sound off and you'll get it) Be careful replacing the controls, it has some pretty delicate wires that look like they are about 22 guage.

    Parts found for 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Old Body Style Chassis

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A2005 santafe: after searching internet besides the tail lite filaments as cause for malfunction of cruise control (cruise lite on but cannot set/or accelerate. I read a post by a Hyundai service tec that said every third santafe with that prob the switch on steering was faulty.
Two phillips screws removes the switch unit and unplug is easy from harness. There are two printed circuit boards that are perpendicular to each other and are electrically joined by four (4) soldered pins from one board to the other....a gentile wiggle of that joint revealed that the solder joints were broken on one or two of the four...... with a FINE solder tip you can re-solder those loose joints being very careful NOT to bridge one pin to 100%

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