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My cruise button works & it lets me set it. Without braking, it disengages. The "possible fix" was to get a new brake light switch. It didn't fix my problem. Anybody have an ideas?? Thx. Mel

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Cruise controls need fully functional units to stay engaged
they include
brake sensor ,
clutch sensor ,
VSS ,
tachometer
cruise switch
if any one has a problem it will disengage
also it only works above a certain road speed or engine rpms

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