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2003 Honda accd Cruise control power won't stay on

When I push the button to turn on my cruise control the dash lamp for cruise control comes on but goes off as soon as I release the power switch. Cruise control doesn't work.

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  • svogel_pub Mar 23, 2010

    It ended up being the power switch itself. I think the clue to this is that the cruise control worked when I kept the cruise control power button pressed down. Since I didn't want to bother replacing the switch, I wedged a small piece of folded paper in the crack next to the switch while pressing the switch to wedge it in the “pressed” position. This causes the cruise control to always be on, but since I almost always had it on anyway, it is an acceptable solution.

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I had the same problem. When I tried to engage the cruise control, the cruse control light flashed and the cruise control did not work. I also noticed that this happens more often when the outside temperatures are low (below 5 deg. C). The problem was in the brake switch. The switch is positioned at the brake pedal. On Accord 2003 it can be very easily removed by anti-clockwise rotation of the switch. You can replace the switch with a new one or you can clean the contacts of the old one, since the switch can be dismantled very easily.

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Could be one of several problems. Many Hondas have a rubber pad on the brake pedal that press the brake switch, if it is broken cruise will not enage. But you would most likely notice your brake light always lit. If the car is a manual transmission it has a similar pad on the clutch for the cruise switch, if this pad is broken/missing the only sign would be cruise not working. Automatic version use a signal from the neutral safety switch. Has any part of the car been worked on replaced prior to the cruise no longer working. Honda's OEM system is rather simple, not too hard to troubleshoot.

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With the car turned off and the battery disconnected, root around under the dash and find the wiring harness that comes down from the steering column. You may have to remove a dash panel or two to get at it. It should be connected to the car's main wiring harness with a plug of some sort. Disconnect the plug.

Using a multi-meter set to test continuity, test pairs of pins in the connector from the steering column, pressing the CC switch with each pair, until you find the pair that come from the CC switch.

Isolate the wires for these two pins behind the plug and scrape away a tiny bit of insulation with a knife blade, being careful not to cut through the wire. Test the wire pair again to be sure you've got the CC switch wires.

Cut the wires, leaving several inches of wire above the plug to work with. Using a good quality crimp connector (or soldering, if you know how and have the equipment), connect the two wires you just cut loose (the two coming from the plug, not the steering column).

Make sure there are no bare wires *anywhere* when you're done. Cover everything with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape, then use a tie-wrap to bind all the wires together again. Return the wiring harness to where you found it and re-install any dash panels you had to remove.

Reconnect the battery and go for a drive. The CC switch will be totally out of the circuit, but your CC should be permanently turned on.

Now here's the fun part. You'll have an extra momentary-contact switch on your steering wheel that's not doing anything. Just think of the possibilities... You could use it for an auxiliary air horn like on a semi-truck, or you could wire it into your brake lights so you could screw with tail-gaters without actually stepping on the brakes. Look for the switch somewhere on your brake pedal assembly and add two wires from the old CC switch to the contacts on the brake pedal switch.

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    INDIRA KUMAR Mar 24, 2010

    Please reconsider the rating you have given..

  • Embz Sep 28, 2010

    terrible advice, most are not advanced enough to do this, its almost as if this guy is bragging about how he can re-wire the car. As a technician I can go find the connection and bypass it as well, but I think its stupid to do this and then think of the possiblities about screwing with tail-gaters? If you think about it, it is probably a safety issue to have the cruise hot wired to always be on and it is definately illegal to have brake lights work like that.

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