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The end popped out of the cruise control switch in my 2004 Corolla, now I can't turn on cruise control.

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The same thing happened on my 2010 Corolla. I got in one morning and it was just popped out. I guess I must have knocked it by accident.

I called the service dept. since the car is only 6 months old and he said he never heard of it. I checked Totoyta forums and there was no mention of it. I look at my service manual to check which fuses may have been affected, etc. Then:

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I noticed there was a small Phillips head screw on the back of the cruise control stem on my steering wheel so I unscrewed it and looked at the button up close. I saw that it had 3 copper metal prongs and that one of them was bent backwards almost in half. After I bent it back the way it should go and screwed the back panel back on, it worked just fine.

I guess I must have just hit the stupid thing with my leg and knocked out the button. Then, after pushing the button back in, it must have just bent one of the 3 metal prongs so that it would no longer make an electric circuit.

Anyway, glad I could fix it on my own but it did kinda upset me that Toyota was not going to provide me with a free rental until they figured out what was wrong. Guess I was hoping for too much?

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

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