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2004 F150 Cruise control will not set or come on

Checked basic fuses, switches, connections....

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  • Steve S
    Steve S May 11, 2010

    New body style or the '04 Heritage ?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    test the cruise switch's to see if the signal is reaching the cruise transducer if it is the problem is most likely the cruise control ribbon contact under the steering has an open circuit, go to Ford and tell them u need a new Clock-spring rotating contact. Caution: follow the manufacturer's repair procedure to disarm the steering wheel mounted airbag, failure to do so can cause serious or fatal injury.

  • Greg Winters
    Greg Winters Jan 11, 2017

    The cruise control on my 2004 Ford F-150 (new style, 4wd, extended cab, 5.4 engine) isn't working. I have checked all the normal things such as fuses, etc., and even replaced the clock spring, but still no cruise. There a diagnostic for the cruise that involved blink sequences from the dash cruise, but the cruise on light never lights on my dash. I have read that some F-150 do not have a cruise on light. I can see the cruise on emblem in the background of my dash to the right of the right turn light, so the question is, does this truck have an active cruise dash light??

  • Jeff Armer Jan 11, 2017

    Your vehicle has electronic throttle contorl. cruise control is computer controlled . The switches on the steering wheel are inputs to the PCM - engine computer . The best way to diagnose switch inputs is with a factory san tool .

  • Jeff Armer Jan 11, 2017

    NOTE: The clockspring provides the electrical interface between the steering column wiring and the speed control switches in the steering wheel.

    The inputs to the PCM are:

    Output shaft speed (OSS) sensor
    Digital transmission range (TR) sensor
    Speed control switch(es)
    CPP switch
    Speed control deactivator switch
    Stoplamp switch
    Accelerator pedal position sensor
    The outputs of the PCM for the speed control system are:

    Speed control indicator lamp
    Throttle command
    The speed control system throttle position is completely controlled by the PCM through the electronic controlled throttle body. Speed control electronics are contained entirely within the electronic throttle control (ECT) subsystem.

    When the speed control system is active, the PCM corrects for deviations in the actual vehicle by proportionally moving the throttle plate. The PCM modulates the throttle to minimize error between the actual vehicle speed and the desired speed.

    The PCM strategy uses the throttle control for smooth accelerations.

    The PCM sends a serial message over the controlled area network (CAN) to the instrument cluster whenever the speed control telltale is turned ON or OFF.

    In the event of an OFF command or a deactivation request from the speed control deactivator switch, the speed control system carries out a hard deactivation and immediately returns the throttle to the idle position.

    The speed control system provides self-diagnostics. Speed control is disabled anytime an error is detected in the system. No cluster telltale or message center messages are displayed when faults occur. Fault codes are logged by the PCM.

    An ETC system fault also causes the speed control system to be disabled. In this case, an ETC system warning telltale (wrench light) or a message center message is displayed.

    Additionally, the following conditions cause the speed control system to deactivate:

    transmission gear selector in a position other than D or OD.
    clutch pedal is pressed.
    speed control set speed is over-ridden with the accelerator pedal for a period longer than 5 minutes.
    parking brake is applied.
    vehicle speed loss from set speed of greater than 16 km/h (10 mph) occurs.
    vehicle speed falls below the minimum allowable limit of 48 km/h (30 mph).
    speed control switch pressed or stuck longer than 2 minutes.

  • Jeff Armer Jan 11, 2017

    Inspection and Verification

    Verify the customer concern.
    Visually inspect for obvious signs of mechanical or electrical damage.

    Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
    Throttle lever
    Central junction box (CJB) fuse(s):
    14 (10A)
    16 (10A)
    Stoplamp switch
    Speed control deactivator switch
    Clutch pedal position (CPP) switch
    Powertrain control module (PCM)

  • Jeff Armer Jan 11, 2017

    Suggest you have it checked for DTC'S
    Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index DTCs Description Source Action
    P0500 Vehicle Speed Error PCM REFER to the Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual.
    P0579 Cruise Control Multifunction Input A Circuit Range/Performance PCM Go To Pinpoint Test C .
    P0581 Cruise Control Multifunction Circuit High PCM Go To Pinpoint Test C .
    P0720 Insufficient Input from Output Shaft Speed Sensor PCM If equipped with a manual transmission, REFER to the Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual.
    If equipped with an automatic transmission, REFER to Section 307-01 .
    P0721 Noise Interference on Output Shaft Speed Sensor Signal PCM If equipped with a manual transmission, REFER to the Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual.
    If equipped with an automatic transmission, REFER to Section 307-01 .
    P0722 No Signal from Output Shaft (OSS) Speed Sensor PCM If equipped with a manual transmission, REFER to the Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual.
    If equipped with an automatic transmission, REFER to Section 307-01 .
    P0833 Clutch Pedal Switch B Circuit PCM Go To Pinpoint Test E .
    P1572 Brake Pedal Switch Circuit PCM Go To Pinpoint Test B .
    P1703 Brake Switch Out of Self-Test Range PCM Go To Pinpoint Test B .
    All other DTCs — PCM REFER to Section 419-10 .

  • Jeff Armer Jan 11, 2017

    Symptom Chart

    Symptom Chart Condition Possible Sources Action
    The speed control is inoperative
    Digital transmission range (TR) sensor
    Powertrain control module (PCM)
    Go To Pinpoint Test A .

    The speed control switch is inoperative (no DTCs)
    PCM not configured for speed control
    CONFIGURE the PCM for speed control. REFER to Section 418-01 .

    Speed control switch(es)
    INSTALL a new speed control switch. REFER to Speed Control Switch — Without Remote Audio/Climate Controls or Speed Control Switch — With Remote Audio/Climate Controls in this


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Are you the original owner, has any one had the steering wheel off, do you have a stick or automatic? Are your brake light saying on after you release the brake? The brake switch could be touchy. The steering will has a end of line resistor, if it does not see the 2.2 k resistor then it shuts down, you could hook an ohm meter up and measure all the resistance while truning the steering wheel, just be careful when playing around that area you don't set off your air bag.

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Go to ford and ask them to fix he recall on the cruise for free :) the well fix the burnt wire under the hood with a fuseable link

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

  • Greg Winters
    Greg Winters Jan 11, 2017

    I checked with the ford dealer, and was told there was no recall on my 2004 f-150, new body style, 4wd extended cab with the 5.4 engine. Right or wrong??



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