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Cruise control not working suddenly. I had the brake light switch replaced a few weeks ago because the gear was stuck in park. Sometime after this the cruise stopped working, but I can't really say it was immediately after because I didn't notice. I had the mechanic who replaced the switch check it again to make sure the wires were hooked up and he said it was. The cruise light does not come on within the pushbutton switch nor does the cruise control engage with the wheel controls. The horn does work and I checked fuse 6.

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  • pwareham Aug 25, 2010

    i checked this just now. Doesn't this same button also control the brake lights and parking gear lock?

    In any event, it seems to be fine, and I can hear the actuator clicking as I push on the brake pedal so it seems to be working ok. I also tried manually putting the button with my finger as far as it could go, and i looked to see if the cruise control light comes on in the pushbutton and it did not.

    Am i looking at the right switch?



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The speed sensor is going bad. Check and replace this part first. If it still does not come on after you replace the speed sensor then you will need to replace the cruise control module

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Hello! Check on the back of the brake pedal arm for a plastic button that presses into a hole in the arm...This button makes contact with the switch that controls the cruise control...Buttons have a habit of either breaking or falling out...Replacement cost is well under $5...Guru................saailer

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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    David Burbee Aug 25, 2010

    Hello! I'll need to dig a little deeper...Send year, model and engine and I'll fix the problem...The button had to be eliminated, it's a common failure...................Saailer

  • pwareham Aug 25, 2010

    its a 2003 HOnda Pilot EX. Not sure if the engine but its 6cyl.


  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Aug 25, 2010

    Hello! I suspect that the Cruise Control Main Switch is defective...I would rather test it before replacing...Do you have and can you operate a multimeter? Let me know and we will test the switch...Saailer

  • pwareham Aug 25, 2010

    yup, i can test that. Wouldn't it be easier to just test all the 12v inputs right at the cruise control actuator? i.e. look for the switch closure, the brake light closure, etc at the pins of the cruise control actuator?

  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Aug 25, 2010

    Hello! Certainly...I'll be back on line in 30 to 40 minutes...I'll send the test procedure...Saailer

  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Aug 25, 2010

    Hello! Test procedure for main switch and brake pedal switch...If this test bad, there isn't much reason to continue...Without input cruise control will be inoperative...

    Black/Yellow wire from the circuit side of fuse #6...+12 volts (hot at all times)...Back of main CC switch...Pin #1 (Black/Yellow)...+12 volts (hot at all times)...Connect + probe to the Light Green wire ...
    - probe to ground...+12 volts when you close the switch (Leave switch closed)...Light Green wire to Pin #1 brake pedal switch (normally closed) +12 volts...Also Light Green from same point to CC Actuator Pin #7...+12 volts...Other side of brake switch (pin# 4) becomes a Gray wire and connects to CC Actuator on Pin # 11...Also +12 volts...

    Send results........................Saailer

  • pwareham Aug 26, 2010

    actually, i found a diagram and metered out all of the switched 12V connections at the cruise control actuator. Everything metered find and the 12V signals were changing with the brake switch and the main cruise control switch, so that rules out any external problem. I thought that the cruise control actuator/computer was bad but it turns out that just taking out the connector and poking around seemed to resolve the problem. The cruise control is now working on the road. Although the lamp in the main switch is NOT illuminating so I believe that is burned out!

    One major problem fixed, one very minor problem remains.

  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Aug 26, 2010

    Hello! great...Connection pins; On switch and on connector are oxidized...Radio Shack sells a product called DeOxit...$16...Two small spray cans...It's the best no-contact electronic cleaner...Spray connections...Cleans in seconds...As to the bulb...Nothing more than a 12 volt led...The Shack may have one...

    Would you be so kind as to re-rate my solution...................Saailer

  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Aug 26, 2010

    Hello! Here is a link to 12 volt led's.....................Saailer



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