Hello I have a 95 maxima and the cruise control does not work. The main switch comes on OK (lights up) but then when I set in from the switch on the steering wheel - it does not set. My local mechanic knows nothing about how to fix it. Is this a major problem? Is it fixable? What is the most likely problem? Or should I just forget about it for a 10 year old car?
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The adjustment of the brake light switch or it could be bad. the brake lights can work fine and the part of the switch that works the cruise doesn't The swiches that control it from the steering wheel can losse connection in a part called the clock spring. Vacume connections can effect the cruise but yours is likly cables less therefore doesn't work the cruize.
first ck fuse for cruise control,if ok ck power to main switch use a omp, amp meter for test, should have battery voltage to and from switch when in on position. if ok your next ck is steering wheel switch. air bag must be removed unhook battery wait five minutes remove airbag hook battery up ck steering wheel switch if ok below steering wheel is cable reel ck yellow connectors on both side for power if all have power to and from go under hood and ck power to cruise unit if ok pcm may not be letting it come on because of engine or trans readings dtcs pending or set can shut off cruise control
If everything is good then the problem will be the control column lever switch. It surely is fried that's why it won't communicate to the cruise control. I strongly suggest that you have the control column switch replaced to resolve the issue. You may get one from the junkyard to cut the cost.
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I had a problem with the interlock switch located on the brake pedal. There are too switches one for the brake lights and one dedicated to the cruise control. If either switch is acting up it will affect the cruise control. Then interlock switch is the same switch that is used on the clutch with cars that have a manual transmission. It has smaller electrical terminals in the connector than the brake light switch. You can jumper the connection and see if it solves the problem. You still have the other switch that will disengage the cruise control when you hit the brake. If that is the problem then that's the one you need to replace.
the most common cause of this is the rotating ribbon contact for the steering wheel switches is defective, this contact ribbon is under the steering wheel and is commonly called the clock spring contact.