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Cruise not working

Cruise on a 2001 f-150 works when the brake switch is unhooked or if left hooked up and you press the pedal down just hard enough to move the first set of contact open but not far enough to activate the brake lights

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Call Ford dealer, there is a recall for this problem.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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